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Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota 1) - Ada Palmer

Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota 1) - Ada Palmer

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Title: Too Like the Lightning

Author:  Ada Palmer

ISBN:  9781786699480

Weight:  901g

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Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer

AD 2454: Earth’s hard-won utopian society is threatened by a young boy with apparently god-like powers.

Mycroft Canner is a convict.  For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets.  Carlyle Foster is a sensayer – a spiritual counsellor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s.  It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech.  What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations.  And most of the world’s population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety.  To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell.  To them, it seems like normal life.

And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilise the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true.  Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life…

Peer & Press Reviews

This is the kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do.  Lots of books can knock you over and leave you reeling and dazzled when you’re fifteen, but it takes something special to do the same thing to you at fifty.  Too Like The Lightning and its sequels do that, over and over again.

Jo Walton, author of The Just City

The world Palmer creates is extraordinarily intricate, with forces and organizations forming a delicate web of tenuous coexistence.  It’s a thrilling feat of speculative worldbuilding, on par with those of masters like Gene Wolfe and Neal Stephenson…  A novel that’s one of the most maddening, majestic, ambitious novels – in any genre – in recent years.


Bold, furiously inventive, and mesmerizing…  It’s the best science fiction novel I've read in a long while, and it stands as powerful evidence that the sf genre is still a treasure box overflowing with wonders.

Robert Charles Wilson, author of the Spin series

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Too Like the Lightning
Sub title: A Narrative of Events of the year 2454
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Edition features:

Each book has a tipped-in signature / authentication page that confirms it comes from an unnumbered limited edition.  Issued direct by the publisher, the total number of copies in this edition is unknown.

The book also contains a 16-page first-chapter sampler of Seven Surrenders; book II of the Terra Ignota quartet.

Series: Terra Ignota – book 1
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On a signature page, tipped-in directly before the half title page.  (Printed on this page are the words ‘SIGNED AND LIMITED FIRST EDITION’, the title of the book, the name of the author and the name of the publisher.)
Book Stats
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Awards and prizes:

Compton Crook Award 2017 – winner

Hugo Awards 2017 – shortlist (best novel)

John W. Campbell Award 2017 – finalist (best new writer)

Publication date:
Printed by: CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781786699480
ISBN 10: 1786699486
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 429
Size (h x w x d): 235 x 155 x 42mm
Design Credits
Jacket art: Victor Mosquera

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