Glass ebook

Glass ebook

A plague is spreading through the city of Cray. Nobody knows its origin and nobody has discovered a cure. Cray is dying. Of glass.

As the city’s ruling council resorts to increasingly desperate measures to maintain order, two people’s lives are about to change. When the Keeper of the Cowhorn Tower witnesses a vast lens in the night sky, his work collating the city’s scattered historical records takes on a significance he could not have imagined. And when Subadwan the Archivist is chosen to explore a land she never knew existed, she finds herself at the centre of a plot which threatens to shatter the very nature of reality.

And the glass plague advances.

Glass is the brilliantly imaginative and instantly compelling second novel by Stephen Palmer, whose Memory Seed was acclaimed as one of the most outstanding debuts in recent years.

Glass – short film here.

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Why I Wrote Glass.


From the Ottaker’s SF newsletter: by Lee Mason
Not always a comfortable read, Glass is haunting and hallucinatory in its effect, a journey into a dreamlike world littered with evocative names and savagely bizarre images. This latest novel confirms that in Stephen Palmer, science fiction has gained a distinctive new voice.

From SFX: by Guy Haley
Blending good science fiction with an elegant exploration of the relationship between humans and their ancient electronic creations, Palmer’s tale is littered with characters who behave in an ultimately believeable way… This is a brilliant second novel and makes, like its predecessor, a welcome change in a genre clogged with tat.

* Best Original SF novel of the year: Guy Haley’s choice in SFX, Dec ’97

From Vector: by L.J.Hurst
Glass… recalls the complexities of post-cyberculture life in the far future… {But} the world of Glass is hard to understand… Due to one of Palmer’s peculiarities – avoiding physical descriptions while including internal descriptions, so that you know what someone is thinking without ever being told what they look like – I went to the end uncertain whether pyuters were computers, though gnosticians seem to be semi-sentient anthropoids.’

From the Freelance Informer: by David V. Barrett
Stephen Palmer’s Glass is somewhat easier to read but even more strange than his first novel, Memory Seed, to which it is a sort-of sequel… This is no ordinary SF novel with nice neat explanations; we’re never really told how we got there from here, only that the city of Cray is some five hundred years old. What happened before that, to create the city, and why? That’s where the link between the two books come in… but don’t expect it all to be spelt out for you… In both his poetic style of language and his elliptical style of plotting, Stephen Palmer looks set to become a British Gene Wolfe… Give him a try; his originality is refreshing.


original Orbit paperback cover