Debatable Space

Debatable Space, by Philip PalmerPublisher: Orbit
Publication Date: August 2008
Format: Paperback
UK ISBN: 9781841496207
US ISBN: 9780316068093
UK eISBN: 9780748109081
US eISBN: 9780316075282


Here is an extract from the opening of the book.

And here is an extract from a bit later on.

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Debatable Space, by Philip Palmer, US & eBook editionAbout the Book:

Flanagan (who is, for want of a better word, a pirate) has a plan. It seems relatively simple: kidnap Lena, the Cheo’s daughter, demand a vast ransom for her safe return, sit back and wait. Only the Cheo, despotic ruler of the known universe, isn’t playing ball…

This is a story of space pirates and evil empires…mixed with descriptive poetry and narrative craziness and mingled too with the thought-diary of a wicked, selfish, yet also wonderful and heroic thousand year old woman – Lena.

This is science fiction for the post-Matrix generation, full of violence, sex, complex morality, humour, more humour, and dark introspection.

Award winning SF writer Jon Courtenay Grimwood describes this book as: “well written, fast moving and defiantly weird”.

Eric Brown in The Guardian said that it was “so crammed with startling ideas, scintillating prose, incredible aliens and plot twists that it evokes wonder and admiration.” The Times reviewer believed that ‘this is ambitious science ficition, bristling with ideas and a sense of wonder, accessible yet sophisticated, and always fun.”

SF Revu’s reviewer claimed that this is “one of those rare books that holds your focus on every page, and feeds your imagination as it does so”, while The Book Swede described it as a “truly fantastic read.”

Blogger Dave-Brendon de Burgh memorably wrote in his critique: “Reading Debatable Space is akin to being shoved into a washing machine while tripping your brains out – it is such a wild ride that I still find myself amazed that I survived it! Take it from me…Philip Palmer is going to be regarded as one of the legends of SF. This book, as more and more people read it, is going to be held up as one of the most innovative SF novels to hit the shelves in years!” And my friend Jayne Kirkham, who is not a critic or a blogger, and has nothing to do with the SF world, wrote memorably: “I am loving this book. What delicious mouth-watering prose.”

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