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Beneath the World, a Sea
Beneath the World, a Sea

Beneath the World, a Sea


288 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: EPUB, Cloth

Cloth, $28.95 (US $28.95) (CA $38.95)

Publication Date: April 2019

ISBN 9781786491558

Rights: US & CA

Atlantic Books, Ltd. (Apr 2019)


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A hugely ambitious, genre-defying novel about humanity and the secrets of the unconscious mind, by an Arthur C. Clarke Award-winner

South America, 1990: Ben Ronson, a British police officer, arrives in a mysterious forest to investigate a spate of killings of Duendes. These silent, vaguely humanoid creatures with long limbs and black button eyes have a strange psychic effect on people, unleashing the subconscious and exposing their innermost thoughts and fears. Ben becomes fascinated by the Duendes, but the closer he gets, the more he begins to unravel, with terrifying results. Beneath the World, A Sea is a tour de force of modern fiction—a deeply searching and unsettling novel about the human subconscious, and all that lies beneath.


"A disturbing descent into a surreal world, written with a deft hand." —Adrian Tchaikovsky, author, Children of Time

"Beckett is superb at undercutting reader assumptions with a casual line of dialogue or acute psychological observation: the book reads like Conrad's Heart of Darkness reimagined by JG Ballard." —Guardian

"Utterly compelling . . .  it lingers in the memory. 5*s." —SFX

"An uneasy read that manages to feel both timely and urgent . . . Beckett offers an intelligent, visceral reminder that unless we change what today looks like, tomorrow will be turbulent indeed." —Guardian on America City

"Chris Beckett is a genius." —Eric Brown on Spring Tide

"Compelling... a grim demonstration of how one person can change history, but not control it." —SFX on America City

"Eden is building into one of most vivid and fascinating places in modern SF." —SFX on The Eden Trilogy

"A captivating and haunting book." —Daily Mail on Dark Eden

Author Biography

Chris Beckett is the winner of the Edge Hill Short Fiction Award, 2009, for "The Turing Test," the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award, 2013, for Dark Eden and was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Novel of the Year Award for Mother of Eden in 2015 and for Daughter of Eden in 2016.