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Penumbra by Eric Brown


When a young tug pilot's career is ruined by a collision in Earth orbit he has no choice but to accept a commission to fly an eccentric ship builder to planet far from the trade routes. When they discover alien ruins on the planet and the hulk of a missing generation ship they are thrown into the centre of a conspiracy that reaches back centuries. Meanwhile on Earth a young Indian police officer is trying to track down a serial killer little suspecting that the killer is linked to what is happening on a planet light years away and that her own past holds the key to everything that is happening. Eric Brown has written a novel that brings together an extraordinary imagination, rare sensitivity to character and a love of Eastern philosphy. A key novel from one of the UK's favourite SF writers.

one of our bestsellers

Cover by Dominic Harman

Published: 23 Dec 2011

"This is a very skilfully plotted novel about which it is best not to give too much away... This is the book for readers who really don't want to know where a writer might be taking them... The more meditative aspects of Penumbra bring to mind the calm of Arthur C Clarke's work, while those who appreciate the involved mystery will find much to enjoy in Kim Stanley Robinson's Icehenge."
Gary S Dalkin

"British writing with a deft, understated touch: wonderful"
New Scientist

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

"One of the very best of the new generation of British SF writers"

"Eric Brown has an enviable talent for writing stories which are the essence of modern science fiction and yet show a passionate concern for the human predicament and human values"
Bob Shaw

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 Spacetime Pit Plus Two Microcosms: Forty-Two stories The Fall of Tartarus Deep Future Rites of Passage Salvage Parallax View Blue Shifting infinity plus: quintet The Time-Lapsed Man and other stories Ghostwriting The Death of Cassandra Quebec The Time-Lapsed Man Approaching Omega Meridian Days The Angels of Life and Death infinities A Writer

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Blue Shifting The Bone Flute Spotted Lily Monterra's Deliciosa & Other Tales & Meridian Days Memory Seed: 25th Anniversary Edition Liberty Spin: tales of scientifiction Deep Future Memesis: modifiction and other strange changes Red Dot Irreal