M. John Harrison

M. John Harrison is a British author known for his speculative fiction, including science fiction and fantasy. He has been a significant figure in the New Wave science fiction movement and is noted for his literary style, psychological depth, and existential themes. His works often explore the boundaries of genre fiction, and he has received critical acclaim for novels such as 'Light' and the Viriconium series.


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  1. 1. The Centauri Device

    The novel is a science fiction tale set in a future where humanity has spread across the stars, engaging in interstellar conflict and political intrigue. The story follows John Truck, the last known human descendant of an alien race from the Centauri system. Truck becomes the unwilling focus of various galactic factions, including militant groups and powerful governments, due to his unique heritage which is linked to a powerful weapon known as the Centauri Device. As these factions vie for control of the device, Truck is thrust into a dangerous game of cosmic espionage and must navigate a complex web of betrayal and manipulation to determine his own destiny and potentially the fate of the galaxy.

  2. 2. A Storm Of Wings

    In this science fiction novel, the second installment of a series, humanity grapples with the aftermath of a catastrophic event known as the Biotic Crisis. As reality itself begins to warp, the protagonist and a group of disparate characters navigate a world where the boundaries between human and alien, real and surreal, are increasingly blurred. They face the challenge of understanding and confronting the "Swarm," a mysterious and possibly sentient cloud of particles that threatens to engulf the planet. The narrative weaves a complex tapestry of themes including identity, transformation, and the struggle to maintain sanity in an environment that defies comprehension.

  3. 3. Light

    "Light" is a science fiction novel that intertwines three narrative threads, two set in 2400 AD and one in 1999. The story follows a scientist who discovers the principles of faster-than-light travel, a space pilot genetically modified to interact with a strange alien artifact, and a serial killer who sees a strange pattern in everything. As the narratives unfold, they eventually converge in a distant part of the galaxy, revealing a universe filled with strange life forms and advanced technologies.

  4. 4. Nova Swing

    "Nova Swing" by M. John Harrison is a science fiction novel set in a future where interstellar travel is possible. The story follows a group of characters, including an ex-cop turned private detective, a woman searching for her missing husband, and a man who sells illegal alien artifacts. As they navigate a mysterious city called Saudade, they become entangled in a web of intrigue involving parallel dimensions, time travel, and the enigmatic phenomenon known as the "Nova Swing." With its atmospheric prose and complex plot, the book explores themes of identity, memory, and the blurred boundaries between reality and imagination.