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Elysium: Or, the World After
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Aqueduct Pr
Publication date December 1, 2014
Pages 199
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781619760530
ISBN-10 1619760533
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 9 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $18.00
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: Received the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award Special Citation 
A Finalist for the 2015 Locus Award for Best First Novel

A computer program etched into the atmosphere has a story to tell, the story of two people, of a city lost to chaos, of survival and love. The program's data, however, has been corrupted. As the novel's characters struggle to survive apocalypse, they are sustained and challenged by the demands of love in a shattered world both haunted and dangerous.

Elizabeth Hand, acclaimed author and critic, writes: ''It's really quite difficult for me to believe it's a first novel, it's so good: incredibly ambitious, beautifully written, moving, and with an extremely poignant ending, not to mention that remarkable, intricate balancing act with all your various hall-of-mirrors characters.''

"Wow! Jenn Brissett's new novel Elysium from Aqueduct Press is a knockout. The writing and structure of the book are so accomplished, I'm amazed this is a first novel. The style flows and draws you into the fiction and keeps you there -- poetic in its imagery but simultaneously economical. It's a science fiction, post-apocalyptic, tale, a love story, but not your dumb old man's love story. A love story for a new age. The structure of the novel was the most startling thing to me -- a complex construction that never comes across as complicated. The effect is like a magic trick. Great characters that make the adventure worth the journey. I hope reviewers don't miss this one.''
--Jeffery Ford, author of Crackpot Palace and The Shadow Year

''Jennifer Marie Brissett has written an audacious first novel that pushes against the limits of the form. With a spiral narrative and a dance of identity and incident, she limns an array of characters and their worlds in deft strokes. Be warned that you will puzzle about the story behind the stories as you read this novel, only to discover a profound and moving answer at its conclusion. With its bold interrogation of gender, Elysium is a book like no other."
--James Patrick Kelly, author of Wildlife and Think Like a Dinosaur

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9781619760530 | details & prices | 199 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $18.00
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CD/Spoken Word
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With Jamye Meri Grant (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (December 1, 2015); titled "Elysium, or The World After"
9781504668026 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $34.95
About: A computer program etched into the atmosphere has a story to tell -- the story of two people, of a city lost to chaos, of survival and love.

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