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Growing Up Weightless

By John M. Ford & Francis Spufford
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Publisher Description

Out of print for more than two decades, John M. Ford's Growing Up Weightless is an award-winning classic of a “lost generation” of young people born on the human-colonized Moon.

Matthias Ronay has grown up in the low gravity and great glass citadels of independent Luna—and in the considerable shadow of his father, a member of the council that governs Luna's increasingly complex society. But Matt feels weighed down on the world where he was born, where there is no more need for exploration, for innovation, for radical ideas—and where his every movement can be tracked by his father on the infonets.

Matt and five of his friends, equally brilliant and restless, have planned a secret adventure. They will trick the electronic sentinels, slip out of the city for a journey to Farside. Their passage into the expanse of perpetual night will change them in ways they never could have predicted...and bring Matt to the destiny for which he has yearned.

With a new introduction by Francis Spufford, author of Red Plenty and Golden Hill.

Tor Essentials presents new editions of science fiction and fantasy titles of proven merit and lasting value, each volume introduced by an appropriate literary figure.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

3 Reviews

3.5
“An intimate 2POV tale, about a 13 year old boy who lives on the moon, who has to accept a job contract and isnt sure what to do with rest of his life. Contrast that with scenes from his father, a man who works in lunar water distribution, trying to do the moral thing in a selfish society. The alternating perspectives were both full of maturity, selfish ess and coming of age. It was a slow burn you have to be in the mood for—- but written so immersively, the characters were real, and the morals and themes were not spoonfed (aka lots of room for interpretation) just the way I like it.”
“More than just a growing up story, but blink and you’ll miss it. It’s so subtle and so good. Ford doing great character work as always.”

About John M. Ford

John M. Ford (1957-2006) was a science fiction and fantasy writer, game designer, and poet whose work was held in high regard by peers ranging from Neil Gaiman to Robert Jordan to Jo Walton to Roger Zelazny, alongside innumerable others. His novels include the World Fantasy Award-winning The Dragon Waiting, the Philip K. Dick Award-winning Growing up Weightless, and the contemporary thriller The Scholars of Night. His debut novel Web of Angels (1980) has been called “cyberpunk before there was cyberpunk.” He spent the latter decade-and-a-half of his writing life in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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