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The Buonarotti Quartet

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The Buonarotti Quartet

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Author: Gwyneth Jones
Publisher: Aqueduct Press, 2009
Series: Conversation Pieces: Book 25

1. The Grand Conversation
2. With Her Body
3. Changeling
4. Counting on Wildflowers
5. The Traveling Tide
6. The Adventures of the Faithful Counselor
7. Ordinary People
8. Writing the Other
9. Alien Bootlegger
10. The Red Rose Rages (Bleeding)
11. Talking Back
12. Absolute Uncertainty
13. Candle in a Bottle
14. Knots
15. Naomi Mitchison
16. We, Robots
17. Making Love in Madrid
18. Of Love and Other Monsters
19. Aliens of the Heart
20. Voices from Fairyland
21. My Death
22. De Secretis Mulierum
23. Distances
24. Three Observations and a Dialogue
25. The Buonarotti Quartet
26. Slightly Behind and to the Left
27. Through the Drowsy Dark
28. Shotgun Lullabies
29. A Brood of Foxes
30. The Bone Spindle
31. The Last Letter
32. We Wuz Pushed
33. The Receptionist and Other Tales
34. Birds and Birthdays
35. The Queen, the Cambion, and Seven Others
36. Spring in Geneva
37. The XY Conspiracy
39. Myths, Metaphors, and Science Fiction
40. NoFood
41. The Haunted Girl
42. Three Songs for Roxy
43. Ghost Signs
44. The Prince of the Aquamarines
45. Back, Belly, and Side
46. A Day in Deep Freeze
47. A Field Guide to the Spirits
48. Marginalia to Stone Bird
49. Unpronounceable
50. Sleeping Under the Tree of Life
51. Other Places
52. Monteverde
53. The Adventure of the Incognita Countess
54. Boundaries, Border Crossings, and Reinventing the Future
55. Liberating the Astronauts
56. In Search of Lost Time
58. Helen's Story
59. Liminal Spaces
60. Feed Me the Bones of Our Saints
61. If Not Skin
62. The Adventure of the Dux Bellorum
65. The Green and Growing
69. The Rampant
70. Mary Shelley Makes a Monster
72. City of a Thousand Feelings
73. The Adventure of the Naked Guide
75. Sacred Summer

Book Type: Collection
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Synopsis

The man who'd given his handle as Drummer raised heavy eyes and spoke, sonorous as a prophet, from out of a full black beard. "We will be ordered to the transit chamber as we were ordered to this room, or drugged and carried by robots in our sleep. We will lie down in the Buonarotti capsules, and a code-self, the complex pattern of each human body and soul, will be split into two like a cell dividing. The copies will be sent flying around the torus, at half-light speed. You will collide with yourself and cease utterly to exist at these coordinates of space-time. The body and soul in the capsule will be annihilated, and know GOD no longer."

In Gwyneth Jones's White Queen Trilogy, the reclusive female genius called Peenemunde Buonarotti invented the instantaneous transit device of the same name. In The Buonaraotti Quartet, Gwyneth Jones shows us humans traveling via the device to alien worlds and situations. Some are diplomats, some are extreme travelers, some are prisoners. All are in for a rough, wild ride.

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