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Dead Lines

(1992)
(Bear's Fantasies)
A novel by

 
 
It's three years from today. Dr. Kevin Faraday believes that he has found the pathway to wherever the living go when they die. Dr. Faraday is about to learn what it means to be damned. The nation's biggest communication businesses have been doing research on the limits of data speed. Soon, houses, cars, refrigerators, televisions, wrist watches, eye glasses, earrings, will all talk to information centres and receive news, guidance, entertainment, and upgrades for essential services. Companies will sell whole-body networks that can instantly transmit data to doctors and hospitals around the world. No one will ever need to be alone and in danger again -- but demand is outstripping supply. Wireless bandwidth is already at a premium, and the future of communication is being strangled at infancy. Then Dr Kevin Faraday discovers a hitherto unknown channel that can handle almost infinite volumes of data. There is a problem, however. This channel seems to already be in use. And it can't be decoded. Sending experimental data has unexpected consequences, small at first but growing in weirdness and intensity. Slowly, Faraday puts together a new hypothesis. He comes to believe that he has found the pathway to wherever the living go when they die. To clog it with spam, music videos, and cell phone calls could shut down the most important journey we will ever have to make, and leave us stranded where we no longer belong. But the fortunes to be made are too great to ignore. The decision is no longer in the hands of scientists. Dr. Faraday is about to learn what it means to be damned.

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Praise for this book

"One of the grand contemporary masters of SF." - Brian Aldiss

"A really excellent novel." - Stephen King


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Used availability for Greg Bear's Dead Lines

Hardback Editions

June 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Dead Lines (Bear, Greg)
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 0-345-44837-5 / 978-0-345-44837-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: Dead Lines
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 0-00-712976-9 / 978-0-00-712976-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


January 2001 : Hardback
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Title: Dead Lines
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 5558613130 / 978-5558613131
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


1992 : USA Hardback

Title: Bear's Fantasies
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 1-880448-18-1 / 978-1-880448-18-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Press
Availability: Amazon   


1992 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bear's fantasies: Six stories in old paradigms
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 1-880448-19-X / 978-1-880448-19-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

January 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dead Lines
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 0-00-712977-7 / 978-0-00-712977-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


August 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dead Lines
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 0-00-733710-8 / 978-0-00-733710-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Dead Lines: A Novel of Life . . . After Death
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 0-345-44838-3 / 978-0-345-44838-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Dead Lines
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 0-00-718346-1 / 978-0-00-718346-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


1992 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bear's Fantasies
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 1-880448-17-3 / 978-1-880448-17-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wildside Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Audio Editions

2005 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Dead Lines
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 1-4056-0060-8 / 978-1-4056-0060-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


July 2004 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Dead Lines
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 0-7927-3268-5 / 978-0-7927-3268-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Deadlines (Larkin Family Chronicles)
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 0-7927-3269-3 / 978-0-7927-3269-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


July 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Deadlines (Larkin Family Chronicles)
Author(s): Greg Bear
ISBN: 0-7927-3270-7 / 978-0-7927-3270-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

August 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dead Lines
Author(s): Greg Bear
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Dead Lines
Author(s): Greg Bear
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK