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Elysium

(2014)
A novel by

 
Awards
Philip K Dick Award Best Book (nominee)
Received the 2014 Philip K. Dick AwardSpecial 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

    

"...incredibly ambitious, beautifully written, moving..." - Elizabeth Hand


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Paperback Editions

December 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Elysium
Author(s): Jennifer Marie Brissett
ISBN: 1-61976-053-3 / 978-1-61976-053-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aqueduct Pr
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

December 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Elysium
Author(s): Jennifer Marie Brissett
ISBN: 1-5046-6802-2 / 978-1-5046-6802-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Skyboat Media and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Elysium: Or, the World After
Author(s): Jennifer Marie Brissett
ISBN: 1-5046-6800-6 / 978-1-5046-6800-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Skyboat Media
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


December 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Elysium
Author(s): Jennifer Marie Brissett
ISBN: 1-5046-6801-4 / 978-1-5046-6801-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Skyboat Media and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


November 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Elysium: Or, the World After
Author(s): Jennifer Marie Brissett
Publisher: Skyboat Media, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Elysium
Author(s): Jennifer Marie Brissett
Publisher: Aqueduct Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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