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Includes the story The Helper and His Hero, minated for a Nebula Award - Best Novella, 2007 For years w, 40,000 readers of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction have been reveling in the adventures of Matt Hughes's Guth Bandar, the hero of this vel. Hughes is one of the top voices in modern SF, and this book has a huge audience waiting for it.For 100,000 years, Old Earth's Institute for Historical Inquiry has mapped the collective unconscious of the human race. They have encountered all the archetypal figures - the Wise Man and the Fool, the Destroyer and the Redeemer - the usual suspects that populate the myths and legends at the back of the human mind.And w young Guth Bandar suspects the collective unconscious has become aware of itself. Worse, it has an agenda. And worst of all, it can force Bandar to go deep into the darkest forests of the mind, where the only escape from madness is death. A fascinating premise. There is interest for the reader here on several levels: in following Guth Bandar's adventures, in the various archetypical personality types he encounters, in his reflections on the more philosophical questions of the nature of consciousness. In The Commons, Hughes has created a universe with particularly fertile prospects for speculative activity. -- Tangent Irresistibly good reading. -- Booklist on Black Brillion Hughes's boldness is admirable. -- The New York Review of Science Fiction
Matthew Hughes's work has appeared frequently in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and numerous Year's Best anthologies. His previous novels include Fool's Errant and Black Brillion. He lives in British Columbia.