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Too Like the Lightning

(2016)
(The first book in the Terra Ignota series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Hugo Best Book (nominee)
John W. Campbell Best Book
Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets.

Carlyle Foster is a sensayer - a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.

The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labeling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competition is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell. To them, it seems like normal life.

And in this world, Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destabilize the system: the boy Bridger, who can effortlessly make his wishes come true. Who can, it would seem, bring inanimate objects to life.

Genre: Science Fiction    

Praise for this book

"The kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what makes science fiction can do." - Jo Walton


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Used availability for Ada Palmer's Too Like the Lightning

Hardback Editions

July 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota)
Author(s): Ada Palmer
ISBN: 1-78669-948-6 / 978-1-78669-948-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
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May 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Too Like the Lightning: Book One of Terra Ignota
Author(s): Ada Palmer
ISBN: 0-7653-7800-0 / 978-0-7653-7800-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

November 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota)
Author(s): Ada Palmer
ISBN: 1-78669-950-8 / 978-1-78669-950-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
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July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota)
Author(s): Ada Palmer
ISBN: 1-78669-949-4 / 978-1-78669-949-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   


January 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Too Like the Lightning: Book One of Terra Ignota
Author(s): Ada Palmer
ISBN: 0-7653-7801-9 / 978-0-7653-7801-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Too Like the Lightning: Terra Ignota, Book 1
Author(s): Ada Palmer
Publisher: Recorded Books
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May 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Too Like the Lightning: Terra Ignota, Book 1
Author(s): Ada Palmer
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


May 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Too Like the Lightning: Terra Ignota, Book 1
Author(s): Ada Palmer
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota Book 1)
Author(s): Ada Palmer
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Too Like the Lightning: Book One of Terra Ignota
Author(s): Ada Palmer
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA