M. John Harrison

Synopsis of Light

Beneath the unbearable light of the Kefahuchi Tract - a huge, fulminating ocean of radiant energy deep in the galaxy - three objects lie on the barren surface of an asteroid: an abandoned spacecraft, a pair of what look like bone dice, and a human skeleton. What are they, and what do they mean?

Reviews of Light


M John's Harrison's novel, always challenging, often ugly, usually brilliant, rarely comfortable, is a serious work. -- Adam Roberts, Infinity Plus

This is a novel of full-spectrum literary dominance, making the transition from the grainily commonplace now to a wild far future seem not just easy but natural, and connecting the minimal and the spectacular with grace and elegance. -- Iain Banks, The Guardian

M. John Harrison's Light is not just among the best SF novels of the yea -- s without question the best read of the year. " -- Jeff VanderMeer, SFSite

It's Pulp Fiction meets Neuromancer... -- John C. Snider, Scifi Dimensions

Three separate narrative strands, dipping and gliding in rigorously alternating chapters, comprise the marvelous unity that is M. John Harrison's first foray into pure-quill SF in many years. And however long his audience had to wait, it was worth it. -- Paul Di Filippo,

Light is hard to describe and even harder to classify, which personally I think is a good thing. -- Joe Gordon, The Alien Online

If most Science Fiction writers could create Books of this power we'd be a lot better off. -- Rod MacDonald, SFCrowsnest

I can recommend Light to you purely on the basis of its sheer artistry and the brilliance of Harrisons writing, but I also found it quite bewildering in places and I come away from reading it with the suspicion that I'm not quite clever enough to have got it no doubt that is probably the case! -- John Berlyne, SFRevu