By Allen M. Steele

Welcome to Heaven. here is a mop. it is not that straightforward, after all. First you need to die. Grunge rock, undesirable acid, and an eighteen-wheeler will do this. then you definitely need to live on. no longer too advanced, towards the century's finish, for a missed wealthy child with guilt-ridden mom and dad and cryogenics. Then there is the resurrection. that is extra complicated, related to runaway nanotechnology, a impartial interface within the mind, an asteroid named for Jerry Garcia, and a fortress that wishes cleansing. accordingly, the mop. loss of life for William Alec Tucker III is a gateway to the long run, and a moment likelihood to complete what he is left undone: that is with regards to every thing. existence after demise is sort of friendly. until eventually Alec unearths out that he is a pawn in a systemwide fight for energy and embarks on an odyssey of discovery that takes him from the a ways reaches of the asteroid belt to the fleshpots of Clarke County, house. or even father, to the beckoning stars.

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