17/05/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Blue War, the second Solaris novel from author Jeffrey Thomas, is a SF thriller starring shape-changing future detective Jeremy Stake.
A jungle of blue vegetation, on another world, in another dimension. Here, Earth’s Colonial Forces once battled against the blue-skinned Ha Jiin people, a war in which Jeremy Stake took part. Now, a hard-won peace is about to crumble as the work of a biotech corporation goes disastrously wrong. An attempt to grow an apartment village from an organic material has led to the Earth colony of Punktown being replicated at an astonishing rate, ruining farms and displacing locals.
More strangely, three clones are found in this bizarre organic copy of the city, clones that the city itself has regenerated from long dead remains. Stake is employed to solve these mysteries, and in the depths of the blue jungle he discovers a sinister operation that defies belief. Up against the military, Ha Jiin gangsters, and ultimately his own government, Stake is pushed to the limits to avoid, at all costs, another war from breaking out.
Jeffrey’s first Solaris novel, Deadstock, was chosen as Waterstone’s SF and Fantasy ‘Bookseller’s Choice’ for March 2007. SF artist, Stephan Martiniere has been commissioned for the cover of Blue War.
Solaris Assistant Editor Mark Newton said, “The critical reception for Deadstock was wonderful, and we’re delighted to see Jeffrey climb the ranks of SF Greats. Blue War will be, without a doubt, something for everyone to look out for.”
Blue War will be published by Solaris in March 2008.
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