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Rejoice

(2018)
(The first book in the First Contact series)
A novel by

 
 
From the bestselling author of the epic Malazan Book of the Fallen, comes a story of mankind's first contact and a warning about our future.

An alien AI has been sent to the solar system as representative of three advanced species. Its mission is to save the Earth's ecosystem - and the biggest threat to that is humanity. But we are also part of the system, so the AI must make a choice. Should it save mankind or wipe it out? Are we worth it?

The AI is all-powerful, and might as well be a god. So it sets up some conditions. Violence is now impossible. Large-scale destruction of natural resources is impossible. Food and water will be provided for those who really, truly need them. You can't even bully someone on the internet any more. The old way of doing things is gone. But a certain thin-skinned US president, among others, is still wedded to late-stage capitalism. Can we adapt? Can we prove ourselves worthy? And are we prepared to give up free will for a world without violence?

And above it all, on a hidden spaceship, one woman watches. A science fiction writer, she was abducted from the middle of the street in broad daylight. She is the only person the AI will talk to. And she must make a decision.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Finally, an alien invasion apocalypse I can get behind. Erikson pulls no punches in this absolutely cutting look at where humanity is at, where we're going, and the monumental changes that need to happen to pull us out of our death spiral. Rejoice I did at this thrilling tale masterfully told." - H G Bells

"Steven Erikson has one of the finest minds alive. Now, in Rejoice, Erikson shows us what he sees when he considers the future of humanity. He calls it a thought experiment. I call it an important book." - Stephen Donaldson

"This is startling and thought-provoking stuff - just what science fiction should be. Read it and try to think as you once did about, well, anything. Go on. I dare you." - Ian C Esslemont

"A stunning novel of first contact and humanity's place in the world." - Gareth L Powell

"Steven Erikson hasn't just reinvigorated the first-contact novel, he's reinvented it. This is a wholly original book, brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed, with a fascinating central conceit related to curbing human violence. And, for once, we have a novel set in a world in which not only does the science-fiction genre exist but it's respected. A masterpiece." - Robert J Sawyer


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Hardback Editions

October 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: Rejoice
Author(s): Steven Erikson
ISBN: 1-4732-2380-6 / 978-1-4732-2380-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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October 2018 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart
Author(s): Steven Erikson
ISBN: 1-77374-012-1 / 978-1-77374-012-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Promontory Press Inc.
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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rejoice
Author(s): Steven Erikson
ISBN: 1-4732-2382-2 / 978-1-4732-2382-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Rejoice
Author(s): Steven Erikson
ISBN: 1-4732-2381-4 / 978-1-4732-2381-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Audio Editions

June 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart
Author(s): Steven Erikson
ISBN: 1-978631-87-1 / 978-1-978631-87-8
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: Rejoice
Author(s): Steven Erikson
ISBN: 1-978631-88-X / 978-1-978631-88-5
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Rejoice
Author(s): Steven Erikson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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October 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Rejoice
Author(s): Steven Erikson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
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October 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Rejoice
Author(s): Steven Erikson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Rejoice
Author(s): Steven Erikson
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU