By Tad Williams
Few technology fiction sagas have completed the extent of serious acclaim-and best-selling popularity-as Tad Williams's Otherland novels. a super mix of SF, myth, and technothriller, it's a wealthy, multilayered epic of destiny percentages. "The Otherland sequence concludes triumphantly...The genuine and digital plots all come to a surprising climax...a unusually gratifying end to the sort of really good adventure." (Locus)
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