|Sacrifice of Fools (1996) [Novel]|
by Ian McDonald
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They're ancient, they're enigmatic, they're alien and they're here.
Eight million of them. The Shian arrive on Earth in 2001, not as
conquerors, but as settlers and refugees, seeking a world to colonize.
In exchange for access to their highly advanced technology, they are
given the right to stay here and now live alongside humanity,
outwardly similar but inwardly deeply different, a challenge to all
mankind's established notions of society, family, gender, sex and law.
In Ireland a Shian community eighty thousand strong is brought in
as a massive experiment in social engineering, a way of breaking the
historic pattern of a bipolarized society. The consequences are
far-reaching and unpredictable.
The community remains aloof from that country's enduring legacy of
division and violence ... then a prominent Shian family is brutally
murdered, down to the last child, and human and alien cultures find
themselves on a collision course.
Between them stands Andy Gillespie, ex-con and aspirant to the
mysteries of the Shian law, the unlikely hero in a hunt for a serial
killer that takes him through strange sub-cultures, corrupt religious
sects and sinister political organizations, with the police and
paramilitaries hot on his heels.
Andy Gillespie is determined to win justice for the Shian - but
Shian justice always comes as a price...
Original title: Sacrifice of Fools
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Alien Beings