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Coming Soon: A BORROWED MAN by Gene Wolfe

In October, Tor will release A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe. Robots, clones, and a literary mystery set 100 years in the future? Yes, please!

Here’s the cover and synopsis (larger cover to follow):

A Borrowed Man: a new science fiction novel, from Gene Wolf, 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 (Oct 20, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0765381141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765381149

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About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).

1 Comment on Coming Soon: A BORROWED MAN by Gene Wolfe

  1. Yes! Sounds good.

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