The 21st Century. Europe is divided between the First World, made rich by nanotechnology and the labour of genetically engineered Dolls, and the Fourth World --- refugees displaced by war and economic upheaval. In London, Alex Sharkey, a designer of psychoactive viruses, is trying to stay one step ahead of the police and the Triads. But his troubles really start when he helps a scary, super-smart little girl called Milena quicken intelligence in a Doll, turning it into the first of the fairies . . .
'Complex and rich ... vividly imagined, strongly plotted, a constant surprise.' --- New Scientist
'Like great science fiction should do, it says more about our world through a vision of the future.' --- Mail on Sunday
'McAuley matches the best of his American rivals in zest and scope.' --- The Guardian
WINNER OF THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AND JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARDS.
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