A Short, Sharp Shock

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A Short, Sharp Shock
A Short, Sharp Shock (Kim Stanley Robinson novel) cover.jpg
First edition
AuthorKim Stanley Robinson
Cover artistArnie Fenner
CountryUnited States
GenreFantasy novel
PublisherMark V. Ziesing
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)

A Short, Sharp Shock (sometimes titled Short, Sharp Shock) is a 1990 fantasy novel by Kim Stanley Robinson.[1] The story deals with a man who awakens without memory in a strange land and journeys through it to find the woman he woke alongside.

His journey takes him along the narrow strip of land, surrounded by ocean, which makes up the whole world.

The phrase "short, sharp shock" is taken from Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta The Mikado.


  1. ^ Kim Stanley Robinson, A Short, Sharp Shock, Harpers Collins, 1990

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