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A Borrowed Man

(2015)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Prometheus Award Best Book (nominee)
A Borrowed Man: a new science fiction novel from Gene Wolfe, the celebrated author of the Book of the New Sun series.

It is perhaps a hundred years in the future, our civilization is gone, and another is in place in North America, but it retains many familiar things and structures. Although the population is now small, there is advanced technology, there are robots, and there are clones.

E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer. Smithe is a piece of property, not a legal human. A wealthy patron, Colette Coldbrook, takes him from the library because he is the surviving personality of the author of Murder on Mars. A physical copy of that book was in the possession of her murdered father, and it contains an important secret, the key to immense family wealth. It is lost, and Colette is afraid of the police. She borrows Smithe to help her find the book and to find out what the secret is. And then the plot gets complicated.

    

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Used availability for Gene Wolfe's A Borrowed Man

Hardback Editions

August 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Borrowed man [signed slipcase]
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 1-84863-991-0 / 978-1-84863-991-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: PS Publishing
Availability: Amazon   


October 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Borrowed Man: A Novel
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 0-7653-8114-1 / 978-0-7653-8114-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

November 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Borrowed Man: A Novel
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 0-7653-8115-X / 978-0-7653-8115-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2016 : Paperback
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Title: A Borrowed Man
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 1-5237-6311-6 / 978-1-5237-6311-5
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

March 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: A Borrowed Man
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 1-5113-7290-7 / 978-1-5113-7290-9
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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October 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: A Borrowed Man
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   


October 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Borrowed Man
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Borrowed Man
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Borrowed Man: A Novel
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA