Publication Date: 03/03/2022 ISBN: 9781787703193 Category:


David Musgrave

Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Publication Date: 03/03/2022 ISBN: 9781787703193 Category:
Paperback / Softback




“Literary SF at its best.” – The Guardian

Whoever the lambdas might be, and wherever they really come from, they’re already here among us.

Outwardly alien arrivals from a distant sea, the lambdas are genetically human. They slip quietly into low- to middle-income jobs and appear to want nothing more than to be left alone. For Cara Gray, they are first a haunting presence in her otherwise ordinary childhood, then the inscrutable target of her police surveillance work.

When a bomb goes off at a school, a nebulous group of lambda extremists claims responsibility for the attack-but how could a vulnerable community of tiny aquatic humans, barely visible in society and seemingly indifferent to their own exploitation, be capable of something so horrific?

In Cara’s world a toothbrush can be legally alive, a quantum computer has the power to decide who dies, and a government employee made of slime mould protein needs help to relieve his neuroses. As Cara’s relationship with the lambdas deepens, she must decide whether to accept her place in a pattern of technology, violence and deceit, or to take action of her own.

Publisher Review

"Rife with suspense, intrigue and menace, the story is an allegory for current events that parallels books like Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm." * Reading the West * "Ceaselessly inventive yet grounded in a world we recognise - an eloquent, insightful and funny proof the the future is now. And always will be." * Richard Beard (The Day That Went Missing) * "A science fiction novel not quite like any other I've read." * Ananyo Bhattacharya (The Man from the Future) * "Part cyber-thriller, part sci-fi parable, part glorious social satire." * Tim Baker (Fever City) *

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