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Imagine losing your personality, feeling it slip and alter, steadily changing, until the person inhabiting your body is no longer recognizable as you. Imagine. . . and you will understand the feelings of John Shaw.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published 1990 by Futura Orbit (first published 1989)
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Jonathan Appleton
Aug 30, 2016 Jonathan Appleton rated it really liked it
This is an early work of RCW and is not what he normally writes.
The "universes" in this story are actually in the John Shaw's head.
It is a littler rougher (mechanically) than most of his other stuff, but I found it very enjoyable.
Heath Alberts
May 08, 2013 Heath Alberts rated it liked it
Of all of Wilson's works that I've read to date, this one is the weakest. It didn't even feel like the same author. Still, this is one of his extremely early works and, like a fine wine, his stock has grown finer, more pronounced, and more appreciable with age. Not a bad read, just not something I could recommend.

We follow the tail end of a life of a genetically modified individual, who is struggling to pinpoint precisely who - or what - he is. I'd like to sum it up more florally, but this about
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I've been writing science fiction professionally since my first novel A Hidden Place was published in 1986. My books include Darwinia, Blind Lake, and the Hugo Award-winning Spin. My newest novel is The Affinities (April 2015).
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