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The Sea Came in at Midnight

The Sea Came in at Midnight

(1998)
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Awards
British Fantasy Society Best Novel (nominee)

"Steve Erikson has that rare and luminous gift for reporting back from the nocturnal side of reality...an engagingly romantic attitude and the fierce imaginative energy of a born storyteller."
Thomas Pynchon


Steve Erickson is a visionary novelist whose time has come. Considered by many the secret heir to Pynchon and DeLillo, he has steadily acquired a passionate following of readers over the course of five previous novels. Now, with The Sea Came at Midnight, Erickson delivers a masterwork of intense feeling, scope and power--an intimate epic of late twentieth-century civilization in free fall, an unforgettable young woman's revelation amid the ruins.

In the final seconds of the old millennium, 1,999 women and children march off the edge of a cliff in Northern California, urged on by a cult of silent men in white robes. Kristin was meant to be the two-thousandth to fall. But when at the last moment she flees, she exchanges one dark destiny for a future that will unravel the present.

Answering a cryptic personals ad for a woman "at the end of her rope," Kristin finds temporary haven in the Hollywood Hills with an older, unnamed man as obsessed as he is spiritually ravaged. In a locked room at the bottom of his house, he labors over his life's work: a massive blue calendar the size of a tsunami that measures modern time by the events of chaos and pinpoints the true beginning of the new millenium as not midnight December 31, 1999, but the early hours of one May morning in 1968. This calendar is shot through with the threads of other lives-those searching for a small measure of redemption and an answer to the question, "What's missing from the world?"

From a ritual sacrifice in the name of salvation to a ritual sacrifice in the name of pleasure, from an ancient haunted Celtic tower in Brittany to the revolving memory hotels of Tokyo, from a cinematic hoax in Manhattan that costs five women their lives to a mysterious bloodstained set of coordinates tacked to the wall of an abandoned San Francisco penthouse, The Sea Came at Midnight is a breathtaking literary dance of fate and coincidence. And, unknown even to her, at the center of that dance is the seventeen-year-old.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 1998 : USA Hardback
Title: The Sea Came in at Midnight
Author(s): Steve Erickson
ISBN: 0-380-97766-4 / 978-0-380-97766-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bard
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Paperback Editions

June 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sea Came in at Midnight
Author(s): Steve Erickson
ISBN: 0-7043-8143-5 / 978-0-7043-8143-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quartet Books
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April 2000 : USA Paperback
Title: The Sea came in at midnight
Author(s): Steve Erickson
ISBN: 0-380-80658-4 / 978-0-380-80658-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: PerfectBound
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April 1999 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sea Came in At Midnight
Author(s): Steve Erickson
ISBN: 0-7043-8112-5 / 978-0-7043-8112-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quartet Books
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Kindle Editions

April 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Sea Came in at Midnight: A Novel
Author(s): Steve Erickson
Publisher: Open Road Media
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