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A Game of Universe Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380785412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380785414
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric S. Nylund received a B.S. in chemistry from UC Santa Barbara and a Masters in theoretical physics from UC San Diego. A 1994 graduate of the Clarion West writers' workshop, he is the author of three previous novels, and has recently completed A Signal Shattered,the sequel to Signal To Noise. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.


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Eric Nylund is a New York Times bestselling and World Fantasy Award nominated author of more than a dozen novels (including HALO: The Fall of Reach and THE RESISTERS series) that have sold over two and a half million copies.

THE ENCHANTED KNOT, his latest novel for YA and adult readers, is out Winter 2014.

Nylund's day job is making video games.

He attended the 1994 Clarion West Writer's Workshop and has a Bachelor's degree in chemistry and a Master's degree in theoretical chemical physics. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his family on a rain-drenched mountain.

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The author does a great job merging fantasy and science fiction.
Greg Dufner
He has to overcome all this to seek one of the most powerful artefacts known to our civilisation, the Holy Grail.
Mr. P. Crowe
I bought this book because I am a huge fan of Mr. Nylund's Halo books, and a huge fan of his altogether.
Zack Sheldon

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Usually, most literature which tries to mix technology and magic doesn't work for me at all (e.g. the "Shadowrun" stuff), badly executed and stitched together. Not so this time. One of the all-time best books to read, this novel offers the inside view of a split-personality corporate assassin/sorceror in a future where powerful magic dwells between sophisticated ultratechnology and time-bending psionic powers. It artfully splices together the stuff of ancient legends and high-tech thriller. While certain ideas in this book are not entirely new, I would nevertheless rate it 6 stars, if I could, due to it's beautiful style, in-depth characterization, fast pace and intricately wrought background. I think this book is even better than "Signal to Noise", and just wish the very promising Mr. Nylund would produce more novels in this setting. Very highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Greg Dufner on December 21, 1999
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I thought A Game of Universe was a great book, and I'm certain my wife hated it. Every free moment I had I had my nose in the book. The author does a great job merging fantasy and science fiction. The two genres are blended wonderfully in this work, and it is easy to envision the world(s) in the novel. The action in the book was continuous, which is why it was so hard to put down. The last few pages where you get to find out about the great battle between good and evil and a third player wrap the book up splendedly. I highly recommend this book, but only pick it up if you have time to read it continuously!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mirage on July 26, 2006
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A Game of Universe is the first work of Nylund's I've ever read. Having picked it up in FLorida on a whim several years ago, I've used my copy so much that it's literally worn out! This is the only book I've given out to several of my friends and co-workers (even my mother!) and every single one of them have loved it. All of us are now trying to hunt down a copy in better condition than mine!

Germain is a complex and hilarious character, with very real-to-life thoughts and actions. His various "personas" and his innner struggles have thrilled everyone I've known who has read this amazing work. The romance between Virgina and Germain was just enough to please the girl in me but not overly so so that I wanted to strangle them both. Virgina was a lovable female lead, easily identifable to and a strong female. Lilian, however, was not my favorite character at all and was rather grating on the nerves. Stebos was an amazing concept and Quilp was annoying, but quite brilliant. The theories introduced were interesting but not overly confusing. All of Germain's personas made the story quirky and adoringly eccentric.

This sotry has a bit of everything in it, satisfying even the pickiest reader. Romance, action, history, adventure, science fiction, betrayal, psychology, even gambling! This futuristic Grail adventure (featuring an ultimate but unseen battle between Heaven and Hell) is satsfying down to the very last sentence!

Nylund's writing is addictive, yet not at all hard to follow. However, the details involved are sparkling! I HIGHLY recommend this work, as it is an easy, interesting read and worth every cent you spend. Eric S. Nylund's A Game of Universe makes everyone want to go on their own personal quest for the Grail and be involved in the battle between Heaven and Hell. It's a shame it's out of print!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zack Sheldon on November 18, 2008
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I bought this book because I am a huge fan of Mr. Nylund's Halo books, and a huge fan of his altogether. And boy am I glad that I bought it.

I would say that most people generally consider science fiction and fantasy to be "low" art. Most people think that those genres went out of style after H.G. Wells and Jules Verne and Tolkien and C.S. Lewis bit the dust. Generally I would agree with this. I mean, really, go to your local bookstore and walk in the sci-fi/fantasy section. Most of what you see are derivative crappy paperbacks with stitched together plots and characters so flimsy that my most shallow breath could knock them over so they couldn't get back up.

Mr. Nylund, I would say, is a breath of fresh air. Every single one of his novels is filled to the brim with fantastically developed characters, innovative and original conceptions of technology, fantastic action sequences, a great plot, and wonderfully written and even addictive prose. I truly think he is one of the greatest writers alive today, and his science fiction and fantasy works are, I think, comparable to some of the best out there. They are truly fantastic novels in the midst of a sea of crappy schlock, the stuff that critics and reviewers tend only to see when they look at the genres.

This novel, which follows Germain, an assassin with multiple personalities inside his head, is absolutely amazing. The story, which I would say is one of the most original I have read in years, is fantastically written, with vivid and fascinating characters, interesting spatial and technological concepts, and fast paced action that is really truly a joy to read. I could honestly go on practically forever, but right now I'll just say that if you are at all a fan of Mr. Nylund's other books than you need to read this one. It is amazing and you most definitely will not be disappointed.
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