Lila Black’s KEEPING IT REAL again in the UK…

Gollancz has re-issued Justina Robson‘s first Quantum Gravity novel, KEEPING IT REAL. Here’s the synopsis…

A heroine who’s half robot and all attitude, a world of quantum strangeness; SF that has remembered how to have fun from the UK’s most successful female SF writer.

The Quantum Bomb of 2015 changed everything. The fabric that kept the universe’s different dimensions apart was torn and now, six years later, the people of earth exist in uneasy company with the inhabitants of, amongst others, the elven, elemental and demonic realms. Magic is real and can be even more dangerous than technology. Elves are exotic, erotic, dangerous and really bored with the constant Lord of the Rings references. Elementals are a law unto themselves and demons are best left well to themselves.

Special agent Lila Black used to be pretty but now she’s not so sure.

Her body is now more than half restless carbon and metal alloy machinery. A machine she’s barely in control of. It goes into combat mode, enough weapons for a small army springing from within itself, at the merest provocation.

As for her heart… well ever since being drawn into a Game by the elven rockstar she’s been assigned to protect, she’s not even sure she can trust that anymore either.

The series also includes: SELLING OUT, GOING UNDER, CHASING THE DRAGON and DOWN TO THE BONE. The series is published in the US by Pyr Books, and has been translated in a selection of territories.

Here are just a few of the great reviews KEEPING IT REAL has received…

‘Life is anything but real in this entertaining fusion of SF and fantasy spiced with sex, rockin’ elves and drunk faeries… Deft prose helps the reader accept what in lesser hands would be merely absurd.’ Publishers Weekly

‘For Fans of…Tolkien, had he gone electric, dropped acid, and discovered tantric sex…’Entertainment Weekly

‘This is by far the most entertaining book Robson has written, a novel packed with memorable characters and ideas but that doubles as holiday-reading escapism. No mean balancing act.’ — SFX

‘If you are a fan of sci-fi or fantasy KEEPING IT REAL has something for you!…I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were inventive and interesting….Robson did a great job of connecting the reader to her characters. The universe that she has created or multi-verse (not sure which would be correct) is also very imaginative and I believe the melding of sci-fi and fantasy elements was extremely well done. 4/5*’ —

‘There’s a treat in store for you all, as the new Justina Robson is out. Lila Black is a spy, and a bodyguard, and every so often she breaks into the sheer joy of the toys she carries within her. It’s good to see that almost naïve geek love you see among born techies translated into a character so beautifully. The only truly bad thing about this book is that it isn’t stand-alone and now I’ve got to wait until she’s finished writing the next one, wanting much, much more.’ — Starburst (5* Review)

Justina’s highly-anticipated next novel, THE SWITCH, is due to be published by Gollancz on May 18th, 2017.

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