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Cover & Synopsis: A BORROWED MAN, a New Novel by Gene Wolfe

Here’s the cover and synopsis for the Gene Wolfe’s next novel A Borrowed Man!

A new SF novel, a first person narrative in the mode of the detective story, from the celebrated author of the Book of the New Sun series.

It is perhaps a hundred years in the future, our civilization is gone, and another is in place in North America, but it retains many familiar things and structures. Although the population is now small, there is advanced technology, there are robots, and there are clones.

E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer. Smithe is a piece of property, not a legal human.

A wealthy patron, Colette Coldbrook, takes him from the library because he is the surviving personality of the author of Murder on Mars. A physical copy of that book was in the possession of her murdered father, and it contains an important secret, the key to immense family wealth. It is lost, and Colette is afraid of the police. She borrows Smithe to help her find the book and to find out what the secret is. And then the plot gets complicated.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (October 20, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0765381141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765381149
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2 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: A BORROWED MAN, a New Novel by Gene Wolfe

  1. Sounds like one I need to read. I love these cover reveals, and would love them even more if they included the artist. 🙂 I like this style of art, fun cover!

  2. Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) // February 19, 2015 at 11:47 am //

    A new Gene Wolfe novel is always something for me to cheer.

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