The Rise of Ransom City

The Rise of Ransom City

Book - 2012
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This is the story of Harry Ransom. If you know his name it's most likely as the inventor of the Ransom Process, a stroke of genius that changed the world.

Or you may have read about how he lost the battle of Jasper City, or won it, depending on where you stand in matters of politics.

Friends called him Hal or Harry, or by one of a half-dozen aliases, of which he had more than any honest man should. He often went by Professor Harry Ransom, and though he never had anything you might call a formal education, he definitely earned it.

If you're reading this in the future, Ransom City must be a great and glittering metropolis by now, with a big bronze statue of Harry Ransom in a park somewhere. You might be standing on its sidewalk and not wonder in the least of how it grew to its current glory. Well, here is its story, full of adventure and intrigue. And it all starts with the day that old Harry Ransom crossed paths with Liv Alverhyusen and John Creedmoor, two fugitives running from the Line, amidst a war with no end.

Publisher: New York :, Tor,, 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765329400
Branch Call Number: FIC GILM
Characteristics: 368 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 03, 2016

I read The Half-Made World a few years ago and really enjoyed it. If anything, The Rise of Ransom City is even better. The exploits of Harry Ransom and the agents of the Line and the Gun are fascinating, brilliantly written and wildly imaginative.

Oct 17, 2013

Good. Gilman tends to get pretty oblique at times, in a really good way, but not so in this book. Fun, funny and thought-provoking. Gilman lite.

Aug 01, 2013

Ok book. Not great but he writes well,so it's worth reading.


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