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The Return of the Discontinued Man
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The Return of the Discontinued Man
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The Philip K. Dick Award-winning steampunk series continues as past and future collide?and the world itself may be altered forever.
Years ago, a madman from the future assassinated the beloved Queen Victoria?an act which inadvertently thrust England into a technological age beyond anything ever imagined. But that same event is about to change history for a second time, when a renowned scientist attempts an experiment on the assassin's time-travelling suit.
The ill-fated experiment unleashes a wave of chaos and conflicting timelines. The bizarre results include blood red snow falling from the sky, and the adventurer Sir Richard Burton receiving terrible visions of alternate realities that are unavoidable and yet changeable. Time and reality may have just reached their breaking point.
But most disturbing of all, the legendary Spring Heeled Jack has returned?in several different places at the same time! These numerous "Jacks" are all very confused, very irritable, and very dangerous . . . and they are all looking for Sir Richard Burton.

The Philip K. Dick Award-winning steampunk series continues as past and future collide?and the world itself may be altered forever.
Years ago, a madman from the future assassinated the beloved Queen Victoria?an act which inadvertently thrust England into a technological age beyond anything ever imagined. But that same event is about to change history for a second time, when a renowned scientist attempts an experiment on the assassin's time-travelling suit.
The ill-fated experiment unleashes a wave of chaos and conflicting timelines. The bizarre results include blood red snow falling from the sky, and the adventurer Sir Richard Burton receiving terrible visions of alternate realities that are unavoidable and yet changeable. Time and reality may have just reached their breaking point.
But most disturbing of all, the legendary Spring Heeled Jack has returned?in several different places at the same time! These numerous "Jacks" are all very confused, very irritable, and very dangerous . . . and they are all looking for Sir Richard Burton.

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  • Mark Hodder is the author of the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack and its seven sequels, and of the first officially sanctioned Sexton Blake novel to have been published in nearly half a century (he created and maintains BLAKIANA: The Sexton Blake Resource). He also writes short stories, flash fiction and vignettes. Mark was born in the UK. He has worked as a commercial radio scriptwriter, a freelance copywriter, and as a web content producer for the BBC. Since 2009, he has lived in Valencia, Spain, where he writes full-time. He and his partner have twins, Luca and Iris.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 5, 2014
    Hodder’s fifth Burton and Swinburne adventure (after The Secret of Abdu El-Yezdi) careens through a series of intentionally baffling false starts before soaring into a time-travelling expedition of increasingly hellish dystopias. British anthropologist and explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton and endearingly debauched poet Algernon Swinburne explore a wittily fashioned alternate Victorian era. Burton is alarmed when his laudanum-like tincture sends him careening through numerous manifestations of a single recurrent moment, and soon he realizes that Edward Oxford, the tragically mad intellectual, is not dead. The companions embark on a journey aboard a hovercraft with a prickly personality towards the moment in the future when Oxford first realized he could alter history. Readers persistent enough to make their way through the bewildering opening will be riveted by Hodder’s ingenious reinventing of both history and recent present, while quailing at what that reimagining does to the future.

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