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The Stone Gods

by Jeanette Winterson

Published by Harcourt

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On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet -- pristine and habitable, like our own was 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. And off the air, Billie Crusoe and the renegade robo-sapian Spike are falling in love. Along with Captain Handsome and Pink, they're assigned to colonize the new blue planet. But when a technical maneuver intended to make it inhabitable backfires, Billie and Spike's flight to the future becomes a surprising return to the distant past -- "Everything is imprinted forever with what it once was." What will happen when their story combines with the world's story? Will they -- and we -- ever find a safe landing place?

An interplanetary love story -- of Billie and Spike, of the past and the future; a traveler's tale; a hymn to the beauty of the world: The Stone Gods is Jeanette Winterson at her brilliant best. What begins as a witty, satirical futurist adventure deepens into a dazzling exploration of our relationship to environment, to power and technology, and to what defines us as humans. Playful, passionate, polemical, and frequently very funny, this is a novel that will change forever the stories we tell about the earth, about love, and about stories themselves.

pub date: 2008-04-01 | hardcover | 9780151014910