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An accident at an installation outside Two Rivers, Michigan, blasts the entire town into a similar-but-different world in which the townspeople must learn to survive political and social repression and face possible annihilation.

McMillan Palgrave

In a top-secret government installation near the small town of Two Rivers, Michigan, scientists are investigating a mysterious object discovered several years earlier. Late one evening, the local residents observe strange lights coming from the laboratory. The next morning, they awake to find that their town was literally cut off from the rest of the world...and thrust into a new one!

Soon the town is discovered by the bewildered leaders of this new world—at which point, the people of Two Rivers realize that they've arrived in a rigid theocracy. The authorities, known as the Bureau de la Covenance Religieuse, have ordered Linneth Stone, a young ethnologist, to analyze the arrivals and report her findings to the Lieutenant in charge.

What Linneth finds will challenge the philosophical basis of her society and lead inexorably to a struggle for power centering on the mysterious object that Two Rivers' government scientists were studying when the town slipped between worlds.

In Mysterium, Robert Charles Wilson "blends science, religion, philosophy and alternate history into an intelligent, compelling work of fiction" (Publishers Weekly).

Publisher: New York : Orb, 2010, c1994
Edition: 1st Orb ed
ISBN: 0765327414
Branch Call Number: S WILSON
Characteristics: 351 p. ; 21 cm


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Apr 09, 2018

Anyone in search of a good sci-fi yarn can't go wrong picking this book off the shelf. A whole town is transposed into some kind of parallel universe as a result of some physics research gone wrong. No aliens (at least none of the little green genre) but a good, solid story that gabs you suspensefully from page one and doesn't let up until the very last page. I found this book impossible to put down.

gwsuperfan Mar 08, 2012

"What about the questions we can't ask?"

Are there limits to the concepts that the human brain can imagine? A philosophical physicist obsessed with Gnostic Christianity guides a small Michigan town to an alternate universe.

A solid story, and one that opens the door to broader philosophical and theological discussions.

Dec 14, 2009

A good solid SFstory.


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Dec 14, 2009

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