By Brian W. Aldiss
From certainly one of technology fiction’s maximum residing writers comes an unforgettable near-future novel within the hortatory culture of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Orwell’s 1984, and Dick’s A Scanner Darkly. either a searing indictment of a fear-drenched political weather and a visionary allegory that shines a piercing mild on undying human verities, damage is a powerfully compact masterwork that's guaranteed to be probably the most passionately mentioned books of the year.
The time is at the present time or tomorrow–or maybe the day after the following day. Paul Fadhil Abbas Ali, a tender British citizen of Muslim descent, has written a satirical novel during which characters comic story concerning the assassination of the best minister. Arrested via brokers of HARM–the opposed actions learn Ministry–Paul is thrown right into a anonymous Abu Ghraib-like felony, almost certainly situated in Syria, the place he's held incommunicado and brutally interrogated by means of jailers to whom his Muslim history is itself against the law meriting the cruelest punishment. below this sadistic regime, Paul’s character starts off to teach symptoms of radical fragmentation. . . .
On the distant planet of Stygia, a guy named Fremant, haunted via stories of torture that appear drawn from Paul’s brain, is considered one of a small staff of colonists suffering for survival on a harsh yet weirdly appealing global whose dominant life-forms are bugs. the only humanoid race on the earth has been hunted to extinction via the human settlers, whose lengthy trip to Stygia has left them not able to appreciate their very own heritage and technology.
Thrown again to a extra primitive kingdom, they appear destined to copy the entire sins of the realm they fled to Stygia to escape.
Is Paul dreaming Fremant as a manner of escaping the horrors of his imprisonment? Or is there a stronger–and some distance stranger–connection among the 2 males, whose very varied situations start to tackle uncanny parallels?
As elements in their identities blur and, eventually, merge, miraculous solutions take shape–and profound new questions arise.
From the Hardcover edition.