MAINSPRING. New York: Tor, . Octavo, boards. First edition. A presentation copy with signed inscription to "Leslie" dated 31 October 2007" on the title page. "His major work, the Mainspring Alternate Cosmos sequence, comprising MAINSPRING (2007), ESCAPEMENT (2008) and PINION (2010), slowly and fascinatedly uncovers the nature of a solar system constructed literally in terms of clockwork, rather like an orrery; the fascination with the gearing of this world, and its setting at the beginning of its alternate twentieth century, with Queen Victoria still semi-magically active, marks the series as a whole as being unmistakably Steampunk. The slow unveiling of the physical nature of Earth in such a universe -- the planet turns on a vast cogwheel mounted along the rim of a miles-high equatorial wall -- is vividly conveyed, in steampunk fashion, through the peregrinations of various highly intelligent characters across the planet. There is some sense that the whole construct, and the stories that reveal it, comprise the moves of a vast Godgame or Thought Experiment, but the primary impact of the series comes from the unfolding revelations" (John Clute). A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#157450).
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