Half Life (novel)
First edition cover
|Cover artist||Jacket design by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich|
|Genre||Novel, alternate history|
|July 25, 2006|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
|Pages||440 pp (first edition, hardcover)|
|ISBN||ISBN 978-0-06-088235-8 (first edition, hardcover)|
|LC Class||PS3560.A2448 H35 2006|
Half Life is the 2006 debut novel of American writer and artist Shelley Jackson. The novel presupposes an alternate history in which the atomic bomb resulted in a genetic preponderance of conjoined twins, who eventually become a minority subculture.
The book tells the story of a disenchanted conjoined twin named Nora Olney who plots to have her twin murdered. Half Life received mixed-to-positive reviews; Newsweek called it "brilliant and funny," and The New York Times, while praising Jackson's ambition as "truly glorious," added that "All this razzle-dazzle, all the allusions, [and] the narrative loop-de-loops [get] a bit busy." It won the 2006 James Tiptree, Jr. Award for science fiction and fantasy.
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