A mind-bending fable of science, philosophy, art, history, and love. Fifty-five million years ago, during the early Eocene period, a sudden burst of lightning frightened a herd of small prehistoric horses. In the ensuing panic, one of the horses, a five-year-old mare no bigger than a fox terrier, fell into a lake and drowned. On June 23rd, 1975, in Austin, Texas, a drop of oil combusted in a car engine. This tiny explosion happened just as the Ford Pinto, driven by a one-armed hitchhiker named Jimmy, pulled into the parking lot of the Timber Creek Apartments, home to the young woman in the passenger seat, a twenty-two-year-old biology student named Clarissa Sanders. Machine is the story of the hidden connections between these two seemingly unrelated events. Omnivorous in its pursuit of knowledge - every single one of its eighty-eight pages a daring mixture of fact and fiction, science and art - this short novel relentlessly pursues one of life s great mysteries: where does Fate end and coincidence begin?
Used availability for Peter Adolphsen's Machine
May 2008 : USA Hardback
April 2008 : UK Hardback