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Land of the Headless (GollanczF.) Paperback – March 13, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: GollanczF.
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (March 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575082178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575082175
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,837,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"The first person narrative is as peculiar as it is brilliant, the satire subtle and discomforting and the level of invention impressive. One of current sci-fi's most original writers. Watch out for this one on the award shortlists." -- Matt Coward MORNING STAR "It's all that SF should be, packed with brilliant ideas and clever examinations of the human condition. So hats off, if not heads, to Roberts." -- Guy Hayley DEATHRAY "This is a subtle parable, in a grave, perfectly appropriate voice." -- Andrew McKie THE TELEGRAPH "Land of the Headless is a darkly satirical tale that extrapolates an absurd idea into something weirdly plausible. This is not escapist adventure but a dystopian vision in the tradition of Swift, Orwell and Atwood against the cruellest extremes of human stupidity." -- Lisa Tuttle THE TIMES "A self consciously mannered moral fable in the style of Gulliver's Travel's or Pilgrim's progress. A voyage of self-discovery that satirises war, fundamentalist religion and love." -- Dave Golder SFX "Often charming and thought-provoking. Audacious high concept." -- Dave Golder FOCUS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Adam Roberts is 41 and Professor of 19th century Literature at London University. His first novel, Salt, was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He has also published a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF, including the Palgrave Critical History of SF.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Bonin on July 15, 2008
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There are three crimes that result in beheading: Murder, rape and blasphemy. At the beginning of this splendid book, the protagonist is beheaded for "rape". The thing is, he is not killed. He now lives as one of the "headless" - a being whose consciousnes is stored in an electronic device near his waist.

The resulting tale is nothing short of brilliant. Social commentary also abounds.

Adams is on a roll. Catch up with him! This book is a great place to start.
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