Pollen (novel)

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First edition UK cover
Author Jeff Noon
Cover artist Joe Magee
Country Great Britain
Language English
Series Vurt series
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Ringpull
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 327
ISBN 1-85702-398-6
Preceded by Vurt
Followed by Automated Alice

Pollen is a 1995 science fiction novel written by British author Jeff Noon.

Plot summary[edit]

Pollen is the sequel to Vurt and concerns the ongoing struggle between the real world and the virtual world. When concerning the virtual world, some references to Greek mythology are noticeable, including Persephone and Demeter, the river Styx and Charon, and Hades (portrayed by the character John Barleycorn). The novel is set in Manchester.


Noon is said to take his inspiration from music. While working on Pollen, he often listened to ‘Dream of a 100 Nations’ album by Transglobal Underground on repeat.

Things changed for my second novel, Pollen:by then I had really discovered the melancholic joys of house and techno music, and I think the novel reflects that change. Pollen is a much more tangled book, more fertile, a very overgrown, edge-of-wilderness narrative.[1]

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