The Ascension

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A woman wearing a piece of scarab-beetle jewellery is found decapitated not far from the Parisian auction-house where she had outbid her society friends for this Egyptian bauble. Hours later, a giant beetle, its skin made of rubber, is discovered on fire in a vineyard in the Loire Valley. An investigating journalist, a balloonist, believing these events to be linked, ascends through the stratosphere to the distant constellation of Bootes. He is greeted, confronted, by a population of oversized and ridden beetles, the interstellar transport of the stiletto-booted and whip-wielding deva of Ancient Egypt.

128 pages: 21.6 x 13.8cms

UK Price 8.99, hardback

Forthcoming - March 2004

ISBN: 1-903908-10-8