eBook, 358 pages

English language

Published Dec. 31, 1996 by Bantam Books.


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"...This payoff puts Deception Well firmly in the company of Stapledon, Benford, Bear, McAuley, and Niven..." Russell Letson, Locus

In a war of belief, faith is a virus, and it’s spreading fast:

Remnants of an alien nanotechnology infest the surface of the planet, Deception Well, giving rise to deadly plagues that make the Well uninhabitable—or so most believe. Jupiter Apolinario saw it differently. He believed the planet was host to an ancient, alien mechanism of transformation meant to embrace all life forms in an ecstatic communion. Jupiter disappeared on the planet along with a handful of followers, though whether they were taken by death or transcendence, no one could say.

Ten years later, Jupiter’s son, Lot, stands at the center of conflict. Like his father, Lot has a seductive presence, and a charismatic nature that seems more-than-human. People are helplessly drawn to him. Their faith in him is strong …

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