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All Those Vanished Engines (Hardcover)

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Paul Park is known for writing quietly intense speculative fiction about people (and aliens) in the midst of transformations.  In this, his newest novel, he gives us an alternate history that revolves around family secrets and unexpected interventions, a time eerily familiar yet running along a skewed trajectory in which the Civil War is ended by women and World War II holds stranger secrets about a past that has rearranged our future.  In the tradition of David Mitchell, the interlocking narratives span more than a century and a half and conspire to give a story much larger than the sum of its parts. -Mark's Holiday Staff Pick, 2014

Paul Park is known for writing quietly intense speculative fiction about people (and aliens) in the midst of transformations.  In this, his newest novel, he gives us an alternate history that revolves around family secrets and unexpected interventions, a time eerily familiar yet running along a skewed trajectory in which the Civil War is ended by women and World War II holds stranger secrets about a past that has rearranged our future.  In the tradition of David Mitchell, the interlocking narratives span more than a century and a half and conspire to give a story much larger than the sum of its parts. -Mark's Holiday Staff Pick, 2014

 
— From Mark's Reading List

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In All Those Vanished Engines, Paul Park returns to science fiction after a decade spent on the impressive four-volume A Princess of Roumania fantasy, with an extraordinary, intense, compressed SF novel in three parts, each set in its own alternate-history universe. The sections are all rooted in Virginia and the Battle of the Crater, and are also grounded in the real history of the Park family, from differing points of view. They are all gorgeously imaginative and carefully constructed, and reverberate richly with one another.

The first section is set in the aftermath of the Civil War, in a world in which the Queen of the North has negotiated a two-nation settlement. The second, taking place in northwestern Massachusetts, investigates a secret project during World War II, in a time somewhat like the present. The third is set in the near-future United States, with aliens from history.

About the Author


PAUL PARK is the author of A Princess of Roumania, and numerous other novels. He published his first novel in the 1980s and swiftly attracted notice as one of the finest authors on the "humanist" wing of American SF. His powerful, densely written narratives of religious and existential crisis on worlds at once exotic and familiar won him comparisons with Gene Wolfe and Brian Aldiss at their best. He lives in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Praise For…


"Park handles multiple viewpoints, time lines, and story lines masterfully in this dense, philosophically provocative story."—Publishers Weekly



Product Details
ISBN: 9780765375407
ISBN-10: 0765375400
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: July 1st, 2014
Pages: 272
Language: English