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Only Forward

(1994)
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Awards
Philip K Dick Award Best Book (nominee)
British Fantasy Society Best Novel
Stark is a troubleshooter. He lives in The City - a massive conglomeration of self-governing Neighbourhoods, each with their own peculiarity. Stark lives in Colour, where computers co-ordinate the tone of the street lights to match the clothes that people wear. Close by is Sound where noise is strictly forbidden, and Ffnaph where people spend their whole lives leaping on trampolines and trying to touch the sky. Then there is Red, where anything goes, and all too often does.

At the heart of them all is the Centre - a back-stabbing community of 'Actioneers' intent only on achieving - divided into areas like 'The Results are what Counts sub-section' which boasts 43 grades of monorail attendant. Fell Alkland, Actioneer extraordinaire has been kidnapped. It is up to Stark to find him. But in doing so he is forced to confront the terrible secrets of his past. A life he has blocked out for too long.


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Praise for this book

"A dark labyrinth of a book: shocking, moving and surreal. Violent, outrageous and witty - sometimes simultaneously - it offers us a journey from which we return both shaken and exhilarated. An extaordinary debut." - Clive Barker

"Only Forward is about guilt and betrayal, friendship and love, and it's wonderfully funny, witty and thoroughly recommended." - Christopher Fowler


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Hardback Editions

July 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Only Forward
Author(s): Michael M Smith
ISBN: 1-931081-18-2 / 978-1-931081-18-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Subterranean
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July 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Only Forward
Author(s): Michael M Smith
ISBN: 1-931081-11-5 / 978-1-931081-11-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Subterranean
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September 2000 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Only Forward
Author(s): Michael Marshall Smith
ISBN: 1-4177-1614-2 / 978-1-4177-1614-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: Only Forward
Author(s): Michael Marshall Smith
ISBN: 0-7394-1392-9 / 978-0-7394-1392-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Only Forward
Author(s): Michael Marshall Smith
ISBN: 0-00-811744-6 / 978-0-00-811744-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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August 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Only Forward
Author(s): Michael Marshall Smith
ISBN: 0-00-651266-6 / 978-0-00-651266-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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May 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Only Forward (Voyager Classics)
Author(s): Michael Marshall Smith
ISBN: 0-00-712775-8 / 978-0-00-712775-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Voyager
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September 2000 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Only Forward: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Marshall Smith
ISBN: 0-553-57970-3 / 978-0-553-57970-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Spectra
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March 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Only Forward
Author(s): Michael Marshall Smith
ISBN: 0-586-21774-6 / 978-0-586-21774-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins
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Kindle Editions

April 2010 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Only Forward (Voyager Classics)
Author(s): Michael Marshall Smith
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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