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Rites of Passage by Eric Brown

Rites of Passage
Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage gathers four long stories, one of which is original to the collection. "Bartholomew Burns and the Brain Invaders" features a Victorian London facing the threat of alien invasion and the mysterious 'Guardian' who saves the day. "Guardians of the Phoenix" is set in a near-future, post-apocalyptic world where water is in short supply and roaming bands will do anything to obtain it, while "Sunworld" is about a strange world where the sun is fixed eternally overhead and Yarrek Merwell makes a discovery that will change everything. The longest story in the collection, "Beneath the Ancient Sun" has never appeared before and is set on a far-future Earth where giant crabs and a swollen sun threaten humanity's very existence.

Eric Brown's stories combine memorable characters, fascinating settings, and a passionate concern for story-telling that has made this BSFA award-winning author one of the leaders of the field.


"Brown sketches a complex world full of bitter idealists and fantastic landscapes where nothing is as it seems" Publishers Weekly

"Eric Brown spins a terrific yarn" SFX

"This is the rediscovery of wonder" Stephen Baxter on Helix

"SF suffused with a cosmopolitan and literary sensibility" Paul McAuley

"Brown's spectacular creativity creates a constantly compelling read" Kirkus Book Reviews

Published: 12 Jun 2014

Eric Brown

Eric Brown began writing when he was fifteen, while living in Australia, and sold his first short story to Interzone in 1986. He has won the British Science Fiction Award twice for his short stories, has published over forty books, and his work has been translated into sixteen languages. His latest books include the SF novels The Serene Invasion, Satan's Reach, and the crime novel Murder by the Book. He writes a regular science fiction review column for the Guardian newspaper and lives near Dunbar, East Lothian.

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The Girl with Two Souls (The Factory Girl Trilogy #1) The Ephemera Qinmeartha and the Girl-Child LoChi The Time-Lapsed Man and other stories A Restless Wind infinities The Girl with One Friend (The Factory Girl Trilogy #2) Segue: into the strange Nocturnes and Other Nocturnes Warm Words & Otherwise: A Blizzard of Book Reviews