In a world of wonders, wealth, and perfect mental health, a famous poet commits gruesome murder . . . Why? That crime, that question, leads a policewoman to a jungle of torture and forgotten gods; a writer to the bohemian shadows of a vast city; and a scientist directly into the mind the nightmare soul of the psychopath himself . . .
Greg Bear, author of more than twenty-five books that have been translated into seventeen languages, has won science fiction s highest honors and is considered the natural heir to Arthur C. Clarke. The recipient of two Hugos and four Nebulas for his fiction, he has been called the best working writer of hard science fiction byThe Science Fiction Encyclopedia. Many of his novels, such asDarwin s Radio, are considered to be this generations classics.Bear is married to Astrid Anderson, daughter of science fiction great Poul Anderson, and they are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandria. His recent thriller novel, Quantico, was published in 2007 and the sequel, Mariposa, followed in 2009. He has since published a new, epic science fiction novel, City at the End of Timeand a generation starship novel, Hull Zero Three.