infinite press

Sweats by Keith Brooke


All the forensics point to Joey Bannerman - the DNA profile, the fingerprints, the pheromone signature, the security cam records... But Joey wasn't there, he wasn't in his body at the time of the hit. Joey is a sweat, and he was safely warehoused away while someone else paid to ride his bones... Or at least, that's his defence.

After its initial publication in Postscripts, Sweats was adapted to become part of Brooke's critically-acclaimed novel The Accord, described by SF Site as "one of the finest novels of virtual reality yet written".

A high-tech, near-future cyber-thriller, Sweats showcases the short fiction skills of an author described by Locus as belonging in "the recognized front ranks of SF writers".

Published: 02 Mar 2012

"intelligent, well-written, head-fuck science fiction"
James Everington, Scattershot Writing

"The Accord is not only Brooke's best novel to date, but one of the finest to broach the subject of virtual reality"
The Guardian

"a rare treat"
Publishers Weekly on The Accord

"a literary science fiction tour de force"
SciFi Wire on The Accord

"a truly major sf work that should be considered for all eligible awards"
SFF World on The Accord

"Keith Brooke's prose achieves a rare honesty and clarity, his characters always real people, his situations intriguing and often moving."
Jeff VanderMeer

"I am so here! Genetopia is a meditation on identity - what it means to be human and what it means to be you - and the necessity of change. It's also one heck of an adventure story. Snatch it up!"
Michael Swanwick

Keith Brooke

Keith Brooke's first novel, Keepers of the Peace, appeared in 1990, since when he has published seven more adult novels, six collections, and over 70 short stories.

Keith's novel Genetopia was published by Pyr in February 2006 and was their first title to receive a starred review in Publishers Weekly; The Accord, published by Solaris in 2009, received another starred PW review and was optioned for film.

His most recent novel, Harmony (published in the UK as alt.human), is a big exploration of aliens, alternate history and the Fermi paradox published in 2012 by Solaris and shortlisted for the Philip K Dick Award.

2012 also saw publication of Strange Divisions and Alien Territories: the Sub-genres of Science Fiction, an academic exploration of SF from the perspectives of a dozen top authors in the field (edited by Keith Brooke, published by Palgrave Macmillan).

Writing as Nick Gifford, his teen fiction is published by Puffin, with one novel also optioned for the movies by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish's Caveman Films.

He writes reviews for the Guardian, teaches creative writing at the University of Essex, and lives with his wife Debbie in Wivenhoe, Essex.

more infinite press books by Keith Brooke:

Keepers of the Peace The People of the Sea The Greatest Game of All Expatria Expatria Incorporated Queen Bee

the infinity plus shuffle:

Expatria: the box set Lizard Lust The Iron Wire Closet Dreams Genetopia Little Sisters of the Apocalypse The Sometimes Spurious Travels Through Time and Space of James Ovit The Girl with One Friend (The Factory Girl Trilogy #2) On my way to Samarkand: memoirs of a travelling writer Blood Moon: A Novella and Eight Short Stories