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In the far future, Earth's nearby star systems have been colonized. Outfitted with a device that allows them to escape into hallucinations at will, people spend most of their time withdrawn into their own minds. Tikan Solstafir, a renegade who refuses the illusory life enjoyed by others, lives in self-imposed exile on a starship. When a mysterious enemy attacks the ship, Tikan embarks on a mission to destroy the galactic tyranny and liberate humanity from its own dreams. Meanwhile, in the 21st Century, a disillusioned philosopher believes that humanity s collective misery originates in people s failure to communicate with others and make sense of the world. Growing increasingly misanthropic and monomaniacal, he proceeds on a hermetic quest to save humanity from itself, while also succumbing to his own moral decline. As these stories intertwine, a young girl reappears through various epochs, fleeting through Ancient Greece, Medieval Norway, Bolshevik Russia, among others. Unbound by time, Sielle has formed few attachments. Eventually thrust into Tikan's world, she becomes unwillingly entangled in a political scheme spanning centuries. An engrossing and multi-layered science fiction epic, The Measurements of Decay is K. K. Edin's stunning debut. At once a tortured love letter to philosophy and a space opera spanning centuries, it is a novel of ideas wrapped in a cautionary tale.
Science fiction has become an increasingly crowded genre but what was once the bastion of speculative fiction and rich in ideas about the future of human civilisation and our relationship with technology is now riddled with lacklustre offerings. The Measurements Of Decay, however, harks back to the genre classics with K K Edin's debut release proving a truly exceptional read. Taking his readers on a far-flung journey to the frontiers of science, it’s rich in detail and masterfully paced leaving readers in no doubt that they are in the hands of a consummate storyteller with a superb imagination and vocabulary to match. Not simply spinning a highly entertaining narrative, but cleverly exploring the practical and philosophical possibilities of a warped science through well-executed and intricate plot threads and superb character development. His character studies are deep; competently rendered and highly endearing, but more than this Edin understands the wants of his genre. He demonstrates an enviable capacity to envision alternative social arrangements, and it’s the technology and its far-reaching implications that drive his clever narrative.
A powerful and fascinating foray into the future of science and its unforeseen consequences The Measurements Of Decay is a fabulous introduction to a talented writer, and an absolute must read for Science Fiction fans. Well deserving of a place on your bookshelf. It is highly recommended.
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About K. K. Edin
K. K. Edin was born in New York City, and has lived in France, the United Kingdom and parts of the Middle East. He holds a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in Philosophy, and an M.A. in Philosophy from Boston University. He currently resides in the United States.
KK’s favorite books tend to be highly stylized and ornate in their writing. He also prefers books that present challenging moral or generally philosophical content, as well as characters with well drawn and sophisticated psychologies. These are characteristics he tries to convey in his own writing.
In addition to drawing inspiration from the canon of philosophy, KK’s experience living and working in various different countries has served to enrich his writing.