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Mainspring

(2007)
(The first book in the Clockwork Earth series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Jay Lake's first trade novel is an astounding work of creation. Lake has envisioned a clockwork solar system, where the planets move in a vast system of gears around the lamp of the Sun. It is a universe where the hand of the Creator is visible to anyone who simply looks up into the sky, and sees the track of the heavens, the wheels of the Moon, and the great Equatorial gears of the Earth itself. Mainspring is the story of a young clockmaker's apprentice, who is visited by the Archangel Gabriel. He is told that he must take the Key Perilous and rewind the Mainspring of the Earth. It is running down, and disaster to the planet will ensue if it's not rewound. From innocence and ignorance to power and self-knowledge, the young man will make the long and perilous journey to the South Polar Axis, to fulfill the commandment of his God.

Genre: Science Fiction    Get it on Google Play

"The gears that propel this story run like clockwork. The world Jay has created here is one of the best windup toys a reader could ever want." - John Scalzi


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Used availability for Jay Lake's Mainspring

Hardback Editions

June 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mainspring (Clockwork Earth)
Author(s): Jay Lake
ISBN: 0-7653-1708-7 / 978-0-7653-1708-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

April 2008 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Mainspring (Clockwork Earth)
Author(s): Jay Lake
ISBN: 0-7653-5636-8 / 978-0-7653-5636-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

December 2007 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Mainspring
Author(s): Jay Lake
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


December 2007 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Mainspring
Author(s): Jay Lake
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2008 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mainspring (Clockwork Earth)
Author(s): Jay Lake
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA