The Holy Machine (Paperback)
  • The Holy Machine (Paperback)
zoom

The Holy Machine (Paperback)

(author)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£8.99
Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 05/12/2013
  • In stock online

Usually dispatched within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

George Simling has grown up in the city-state of Illyria, an enclave of logic and reason founded as a refuge from the Reaction, a wave of religious fundamentalism that swept away the nations of the twenty-first century. Yet to George, Illyria's militant rationalism is as stifling as the faith-based superstition that dominates the world outside its walls.

For George has fallen in love with Lucy. A prostitute. A robot. She might be a machine, but the semblance of life is perfect. To the city authorities, robot sentience is a malfunction, curable by erasing and resetting silicon minds. But George knows that Lucy is something more.

His only alternative is to flee Illyria, taking Lucy deep into the religious Outlands where she must pass as human because robots are seen as mockeries of God, burned at the stake, dismembered, crucified. Their odyssey leads them through betrayal, war and madness, ending only at the monastery of the Holy Machine...

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781782394037
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 18 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Beckett examines the interface between human and machine, rationalism and the religious impulse, with sparse prose and acute social commentary of a latter-day Orwell * Guardian *
Let's waste no time: this book is incredible * Interzone *
One of the most accomplished novel debuts to attract my attention in some time... A triumph * Asimov's *
Should be on the radar of anyone who professes concern for science fiction as a literary form * Alastair Reynolds *

You may also be interested in...

The Book of Life
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Fire and Blood
Added to basket
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Added to basket
The Coffin Path
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Rotherweird
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
While You Sleep
Added to basket
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Added to basket
The Fall of Gondolin
Added to basket
£20.00   £15.99
Hardback
Norse Mythology
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Handmaid's Tale
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Added to basket
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Added to basket
The Silent Companions
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Power
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Fire and Blood
Added to basket
£25.00   £12.50
Hardback

Reviews

View all

“Deus Sex Machina”

What is reality? What is love? What makes us human? Is it possible to convey that, while The Holy Machine by Chris Beckett has an interesting stab at answering these questions, it’s ultimately an empty experience... More

Paperback edition
1 similar book recommended
24th February 2015
Helpful? Upvote 17

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.