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Archangel

by Mike Conner

From the book jacket: Archangel is set in an alternate universe Minneapolis, in the late 1920s, after a decade of devastating plague. Hun, a blood disease that appeared during World War I, ended the war and is killing more people every year. Like other great cities, Minneapolis is a shadow of its former self, isolated by the breakdown of civilization. Whites are dying while blacks are immune and trying to forge a new social compact in a radically changed society. And a mysterious woman calling herself "the Archangel" broadcasts the music of the jazz age-and the real, uncensored news-from a pirate radio station. Danny Constantine, a young newspaperman, discovers a weird series of murders that look like the work of a vampire. But in a world of bad news, even his own paper doesn't care to print his discovery. Danny has been alone in the world since his wife died of Hun, and his investigation becomes his personal crusade, involving him with an embittered black police officer, a doctor seeking a cure for the disease, and the social forces contending for power in the crumbling city- and finally, with the Archangel. Michael Conner has been building a reputation as one of the most talented younger writers in science fiction. His recent story, "Guide Dog," won the 1993 Nebula Award. Now Conner has written Archangel, his most powerful and intriguing work yet.

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