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Faster than light
Lucas, John, 1966-
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Publication Information:
Sawtry, England : Dedalus, [2002]

Physical Description:
224 pages ; 20 cm
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Science Fiction/Fantasy

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Why are the Galaxy's wealthiest and most powerful inhabitants plotting to destroy the entire universe, and replace it with a smaller and more convenient reality of their own construction? What happens when an entire society devotes itself to alcoholic excess, elevating the pursuit of inebriation above all other goals? And is it really possible that the most ruthlessly successful organisation in the whole of space and time could be outwitted by two young humans, members of a species previously regarded as noteworthy only for the inexplicable enthusiasm with which it destroys the ecosystems on which its own survival depends? Answers to all these questions and more can be found in this unusual and dazzlingly funny novel. Blending exuberant inventiveness with subtle satire, Faster Than Light is a novel that will appeal not just to fans of humorous science fiction, but to anyone looking for a quirky and original read.

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Booklist Review

For eight years Jason Black has been a filing clerk in a laboratory. Now, new owners have a revolutionary new business concept: reality, they believe, is obsolete. Which is why a Krullian ship is hovering over the English countryside, looking for humans to abduct, when Jason and friend Alex are staggering home drunk. The Krullian is collecting cultural artifacts for a new universe that the Total Trading Corporation will fashion to meet the desires of the richest, most powerful creatures in the universe for a universe in which they won't have to obey the tiresome laws of physics. Abducted Alex and Jason are aghast, but what can they do? Nothing, until an Arcturan faster-than-light ship rescues them. Jones, the AI running the ship, declares that the abductees are destined to save the universe. Although they take some convincing, they eventually head for the gateway to the new universe to destroy the evil rich. A clever little adventure with an entertaining, unnerving, satirical take on megabusiness. --Regina Schroeder Copyright 2003 Booklist