The Child Garden
|The Child Garden|
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Publisher||Unwin Hyman (U.K.) & St. Martin's Press (U.S.)|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
|ISBN||0-04-440393-3 and 0-312-05002-X|
The novel is structured as two books with a brief introduction. The first book was originally published as Love Sickness in the Summer and Autumn 1987 editions of the British literary magazine Interzone. It won the 1988 BFSA Award and placed 8th in the Locus Poll Award for Best Novella.
In a future semitropical England cancer has been cured, but, as a result, the human lifespan has been halved. The novel tells the story of Milena, a young woman who is immune to the viruses which are routinely used to educate people.
Milena works as an actress and the story follows her attempts to stage an opera based on Dante's 'Divine Comedy' using holograms. The opera is written by her genetically modified friend Rolfa. As she works on the opera she encounters the ruling body of the world, "The Consensus", a hive mind made up of the mental patterns of billions of children. Milena slowly discovers that this gestalt consciousness is lonely and afraid of dying and is looking to Milena as a form of salvation.
- "The Locus Index to SF Awards: Index of Literary Nominees". Locusmag.com. Retrieved 2009-02-26.
- Per jacket cover by St. Martin's Press
- "1989 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- The Child Garden at Worlds Without End