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Remains [Paperback]

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Set in the future when Earth has colonized the moon, Mars, and its orbitals, this science fiction adventure follows the adventures of security officer Mace Preston, who learns that his wife, Helen, has been killed in a construction accident on Mars. Suspicious of the circumstances surrounding her death, Mace embarks on a journey to uncover the truth; what he discovers instead is a zealous web of interplanetary terrorists and that he is falling in love with Nemily, a Cerebro-Augmented person sponsored by Helen for emigration to the colony Aea. With Nemily's ability to plug directly into computer systems, she may hold the clue to Helen's death, as well as a string of unexplained accidents across the galaxy---if only she knew how to access and process the information. Mace tries to help her, but time is running out for both of them as they grow closer to solving the truth about Helen's "accident."

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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   Benbella Books
ISBN  1932100490  
ISBN13  9781932100495  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark W. Tiedemann is the author of "Chimera, Compass Reach, "and" Mirage," He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Depth and Excitement  Aug 28, 2005
Mark Tiedemann knows how to tell an exciting story, building suspense while managing large casts of characters and largescale intergalactic events, as he does in his Secantis sequence. For many writers, these skills are sufficient to produce popular and entertaining work. What is so impressive about Tiedemann's work is that he goes so far beyond the basics. Not only are his characters portrayed in psychological complexity and depth, but his plots rarely offer obvious choices between the good and the bad sides--the political and ethical conflicts are as complex as any encountered in modern literature. The political intrigue and enormous stakes of the conflicts in the Secantis sequence force the reader to think through the differing claims of our own international political and social forces.

Remains differs from the Secantis novels, in that the characters are mostly confined to a single highly evolved orbital station, though the narrative actually begins (very dramatically) on Mars. It quickly moves to Aea, where a tricky web of intrigue and spying draws several characters into a danger that is familiar in Tiedemann's work--that danger is the impossibility of being certain who is on whose side, and which side is "good," which "bad." All this is played out in the context of a world in which constant and nearly unavoidable surveillance of all aspects of the physical and psychological lives of the characters is taking place, and where the consequences of that surveillance may be exile or even death.

Remains, with its limited cast of characters and geography, is somewhat in the tradion of the noir thriller, a more personal drama, whereas the Secantis novels have more in common with the espionage thrillers of Alan Furst or Le Carre. In the Secantis sequence, we are impressed with Tiedemann's ability to portray the "good" on all sides, so that the challenge to the reader is not to choose sides, but to understand and empathize with the human dilemmas that force individuals to choose a side, in some cases, or to attempt to play as independent agents working for both (or really, all) sides. Tiedemann's large intelligence develops the reasoning and interests of all contenders, forcing the reader to recognize the worthlessness of simplistic binary we-they thinking, even though moving into the realms of complexity will lead to sometimes overwhelming anxiety and trauma.

I don't want to mess with the old canards about flat characters and contrived plots, dependence on flashy fireworks and clever technology--some science fiction gets by with those because it has other things to offer--interesting ideas, for example, or just enough excitement to distract. But what impresses and engages in Tiedemann's fiction is the utterly convincing humanity of his characters--he takes the time to portray their inner conflicts and uncertainties, their mixed loyalties and personal insecurities. While there are other science fiction writers who take the time to portray these qualities, Tiedemann takes us deeper than almost any comparable writer.

While the scale of Remains is more limited than that found in the Secantis novels, it is every bit as rewarding as they are, and worthy of the highest recommendation.

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