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Bones of the Earth

(2002)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Hugo Best Novel (nominee)
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Nebula Awards Best Novel (nominee)
Paleontologist Richard Leyster has achieved professional nirvana: a position with the Smithsonian Museum plus a groundbreaking dinosaur fossil site he can research, publish on, and learn from for years to come. There is nothing that could lure him away -- until a disturbingly secretive stranger named Griffin enters Leyster's office with an ice cooler and a job offer. In the cooler is the head of a freshly killed Stegosaurus.Griffin has been entrusted with an extraordinary gift, an impossible technology on loan to humanity from unknown beings for an undisclosed purpose. Time travel has become a reality millions of years before it rationally could be. With it, Richard Leyster and his colleagues can make their most cherished fantasy come true. They can study the dinosaurs up close, in their own time and milieu.Now, suddenly, individual lives can turn back on themselves. People can meet, shake hands, and converse with their younger versions at various crossroads in time. One wrong word, a single misguided act, could be disastrous to the project and to the world. But Griffin must make sure everything that is supposed to happen does happen -- no matter who is destined to be hurt... or die.And then there's Dr. Gertrude Salley -- passionate, fearless, and brutally ambitious -- a genius rebel in the tight community of "bone men" and women. Alternately both Leyster's and Griffin's chief rival, trusted colleague, despised nemesis, and inscrutable lover at various junctures throughout time, Salley is relentlessly driven to screw with the working mechanisms of natural law, audaciously trespassing in forbidden areas, pushing paradox to the edge no matter what the consequences may be. And, when they concern the largest, most savage creatures that ever lived, the consequences may be terrifying indeed.

    

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Hardback Editions

February 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bones of the Earth
Author(s): Michael Swanwick
ISBN: 0-380-97836-9 / 978-0-380-97836-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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Paperback Editions

February 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Bones of the Earth
Author(s): Michael Swanwick
ISBN: 0-380-81289-4 / 978-0-380-81289-9 (USA edition)
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May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Bones of the Earth
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ISBN: 1-5226-0606-8 / 978-1-5226-0606-2
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Title: Bones of the Earth
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Title: Bones of the Earth
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May 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Bones of the Earth
Author(s): Michael Swanwick
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