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Waste Tide

Waste Tide

'Waste girl' Mimi becomes infected with a virus, becoming the host for an omniscient consciousness, hell-bent on righting wrongs - and igniting a class war and more.

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ISBN 9781786691293
Barcode 9781786691293
Release Date 2 January 2020 by Head of Zeus
Format Paperback
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Language English (translated from: Chinese)
Author(s) By Qiufan, Chen
Translated by Liu, Ken
Availability Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 26 Mar 2020

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ISBN-13 9781786691293
ISBN-10 1786691299
Stock Release date is 2 January 2020
Status Available for pre-order, ships once internationally released 26 Mar 2020
Publisher Head of Zeus
Imprint Head of Zeus
Release Date 2 January 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Language English
Translated from Chinese
Author(s) By Qiufan, Chen
Translated by Liu, Ken
Category General & Literary Fiction
Science Fiction
Number of Pages 480
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Science Fiction & Fantasy
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 895.136
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

'An accomplished eco-techno-thriller with heart and soul' DAVID MITCHELL. Mimi is drowning in the world's trash. She's a 'waste girl', a scavenger picking through towering heaps of hazardous electronic detritus. Along with thousands of other migrant workers, she was lured to Silicon Isle, off the southern coast of China, by the promise of steady work and a better life. But Silicon Isle is where the rotten fruits of capitalism and consumer culture come to their toxic end. The land is hopelessly polluted, the workers utterly at the mercy of those in power. And now a storm is gathering, as ruthless local gangs skirmish for control, eco-terrorists conspire, investors hunger for profit, and a Chinese-American interpreter searches for his roots. As these forces collide, conflict erupts - a war between rich and poor, a battle between past and future. Mimi must decide if she will remain a pawn... or change the rules of the game altogether. 'Waste Tide is a work of spoiled and toxic beauty ... It's more than a timely eco-thriller; it's a dark mirror held up to our selves' SIMON INGS.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'Chen's portrait of industry and society alike is caustically bleak - life is short and cheap - and the cultural impact of his future tech well thought through' SFX. 'A cracking science fiction novel by Chen Qiufan suggests humanity's future may be even stranger than its past' New Scientist. 'Chinese author Chen Quifan's debut novel Waste Tide is all too true to life' SFX. 'A work of spoiled and toxic beauty ... It's more than a timely eco-thriller; it's a dark mirror held up to our selves' Simon Ings. 'A stunning tale of greed [that] deftly exposes all the hidden contours of the human heart' Maggie Shen King. 'A hard-hitting, uncompromising look at the near future' Adrian Tchaikovsky. 'Something startlingly new ... an action-packed story that's full of moral complexity' Charlie Jane Anders. 'The pinnacle of near-future SF writing' Cixin Liu. 'An accomplished eco-techno-thriller with heart and soul as well as brain. Chen Qiufan is an astute observer, both of the present world and of the future that the next generation is in danger of inheriting' David Mitchell.

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Author's Bio

Chen Qiufan is an award-winning science fiction writer. He grew up near Guiyu, China, home to the world's largest e-waste recycling centre, an area the UN called an 'environmental calamity' and his experiences there inspired The Waste Tide. He currently lives in Shanghai and Beijing and works as the founder of Thema Mundi Studio. chenqiufan.cn @ChenQiufan

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