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A smart, tight, provocative techno-thriller straight out of the very near future - by an iconic visionary writer

Some people call it "abyss gaze." Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you.
There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geo-engineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by nonprofits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks.

For both types, if you're good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it's something you can't do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the "abyss gaze" takes hold there's only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest.

When Adam Dearden, a foresight strategist, arrives at Normal Head, he is desperate to unplug and be immersed in sylvan silence. But then a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. A staff investigation ensues; surveillance becomes total. As the mystery of the disappeared man unravels in Warren Ellis's Normal, Dearden uncovers a conspiracy that calls into question the core principles of how and why we think about the future - and the past, and the now.

The ebook edition also includes four conversations with Warren Ellis about Normal, featuring Robin Sloan, Laurie Penny, Geoff Manaugh, and Lauren Beukes. The conversations originally appeared on tor.com.

 
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : USA Paperback
Title: Normal: A Novel
Author(s): Warren Ellis
ISBN: 0-374-53497-7 / 978-0-374-53497-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: FSG Originals
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Audio Editions

November 2016 : USA Audio CD
Title: Normal: A Novel
Author(s): Warren Ellis
ISBN: 1-4272-7985-3 / 978-1-4272-7985-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: Normal: A Novel
Author(s): Warren Ellis
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   

November 2016 : UK Audio edition
Title: Normal: A Novel
Author(s): Warren Ellis
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Normal: A Novel
Author(s): Warren Ellis
Publisher: FSG Originals
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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