From Publishers Weekly
In British author Meaney's impressive second SF novel (after To Hold Infinity
), the first of a trilogy, young Tom Corcorigan, born poor on the corrupt far-future world of Nulapeiron, receives a dangerous data-crystal from a doomed Pilot, one of the legendary travelers who can traverse the "mu-space" between planets. The crystal slowly teaches Tom how to negotiate complex algorithms of time and mu-space. When an Oracle (a member of Nulapeiron's ruling elite) capriciously deprives Tom of his mother, he finds solace in the crystal, which reveals the Pilots' secrets through episodic tales of old Earth. In his quest for vengeance against the Oracles, Tom survives many horrific rites of passage, including the loss of an arm. Tom not only becomes capable of manipulating perceptions of time but also helps unleash a revolution that unbalances the status quo on Nulapeiron. Intriguing ruminations on the nature of time mesh well with Meaney's fine plotting and his excellent world building.
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"Paradox's ingeniously stratified universe is reminiscent of Dune
" Grade: B+ -- Entertainment Weekly March 11, 2005
[a] rich, complex, baroque novel
recognizable from the outset as a unique milestone in the SF field
A landmark work
" -- Paul Di Filippo;Science Fiction Weekly/SciFi.com March 6, 2005