THE FORTUNATE FALL. New York: Tor, . Octavo, boards. First edition. "THE FORTUNATE FALL (1996), which –- though its basic premise derives from D. G. Compton's THE CONTINUOUS KATHERINE MORTENHOE (1974; rev vt THE UNSLEEPING EYE 1974; vt DEATH WATCH 1981) -– intensely presents a cyberpunk world two centuries hence; the female protagonist, a news reporter with a computer-driven camera wired into her sensorium, finds herself deeply involved in an ancient conspiracy involving zombie Russian soldiers and mean streets. The world she inhabits is described with color and verve." - John Clute and David R. Langford, SFE (online). "Carter's brio and inventive spin on all the cyber tropes apparently exhausted in the 1980s and early 1990s is fun, speedy, if never quite as wrenchingly moving as the writer clearly wishes it to be ... But the artificial life speculations are exactly right in their quicksilver detail: species and genera and entire phyla of viruses and grander alife creatures that prey on each other in grayspace, the realm of virtual reality." - Broderick and Di Filippo, Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985-2010 #45. The author's first novel. A John W. Campbell Award nominee for best new writer. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1986-2009. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#145258).
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