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Barsk

(2015)
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Awards
Nebula Awards Best Novel (nominee)
The Sixth Sense meets Planet of the Apes in a moving science fiction novel set so far in the future, humanity is gone and forgotten in Lawrence M. Schoen's Barsk: The Elephant's Graveyard

A historian who speaks with the dead is ensnared by the past. A child who feels no pain and who should not exist sees the future. Between them are truths that will shake worlds.

In a distant future, no remnants of human beings remain, but their successors thrive throughout the galaxy. These are the offspring of humanity's genius-animals uplifted into walking, talking, sentient beings. The Fant are one such species: anthropomorphic elephants ostracized by other races and long ago exiled to the rainy ghetto world of Barsk. There, they develop medicines upon which all species now depend. The most coveted of these drugs is koph, which allows a small number of users to interact with the recently deceased and learn their secrets. To break the Fant's control of koph, an offworld shadow group attempts to force the Fant to surrender their knowledge.

Jorl, a Fant Speaker with the dead, is compelled to question his deceased best friend, who years ago mysteriously committed suicide. In so doing, Jorl unearths a secret the powers that be would prefer to keep buried forever. Meanwhile, his dead friend's son, a physically challenged young Fant named Pizlo, is driven by disturbing visions to take his first unsteady steps toward an uncertain future.

 
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Hardback Editions

December 2015 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard
Author(s): Lawrence M Schoen
ISBN: 0-7653-7702-0 / 978-0-7653-7702-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

December 2016 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard
Author(s): Lawrence M Schoen
ISBN: 0-7653-7703-9 / 978-0-7653-7703-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

January 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard
Author(s): Lawrence M Schoen
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   

January 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard
Author(s): Lawrence M Schoen
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

December 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard
Author(s): Lawrence M Schoen
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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