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Priest, Christopher 1943-

Works: 215 works in 870 publications in 16 languages and 11,068 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Science fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Science fiction films  Thrillers (Television programs)  Psychological fiction  Horror fiction  Thrillers (Fiction) 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Author of introduction, Creator, Actor, Editor, Interviewee
Classifications: PR6066.R55, 823.914
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The prestige by Christopher Priest( Book )

76 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 1,268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 19th Century feud between two English stage magicians. Their rivalry centers over instant displacement by electricity from one end of a stage to the other, the contest degenerating into dirty tricks. Told from the perspective of their descendants, a man and a woman. By the author of The Glamour
The inverted world; a novel by Christopher Priest( Book )

49 editions published between 1974 and 2016 in 11 languages and held by 861 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The city is winched along tracks through a devastated land full of hostile tribes. Rails must be freshly laid ahead of the city and carefully removed in its wake. Rivers and mountains present nearly insurmountable challenges to the ingenuity of the city's engineers. But if the city does not move, it will fall farther and farther behind the "optimum" into the crushing gravitational field that has transformed life on Earth. The only alternative to progress is death. The secret directorate that governs the city makes sure that its inhabitants know nothing of this. Raised in common in crèches, nurtured on synthetic food, prevented above all from venturing outside the closed circuit of the city, they are carefully sheltered from the dire necessities that have come to define human existence. And yet the city is in crisis. The people are growing restive, the population is dwindling, and the rulers know that, for all their efforts, slowly but surely the city is slipping ever farther behind the optimum. Helward Mann is a member of the city's elite. Better than anyone, he knows how tenuous is the city's continued existence. But the world--he is about to discover--is infinitely stranger than the strange world he believes he knows so well
The islanders by Christopher Priest( Book )

25 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 705 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Dream Archipelago is a vast network of islands. The names of the islands are different depending on who you talk to, their very locations seem to twist and shift. Some islands have been sculpted into vast musical instruments, others are home to lethal creatures, others the playground for high society. Hot winds blow across the archipelago and a war fought between two distant continents is played out across its waters"--Cover
The glamour by Christopher Priest( Book )

38 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the world they call the glamour, Richard and Susan meet and fall in love. For Richard, the victim of a terrorist bombing, fighting to piece together his shattered memory, it is a love both strange and new. But for Susan it is a love that began long ago in richard's forgotten past. Now she must help him to remember the past they share and the power they possess. It is a power that allows them to cloak themselves in amysterious auro or glamour. People who possess it can fade in and out of sight. The glamour is a power they can use for good or bad
The adjacent by Christopher Priest( Book )

22 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tibor Tarent, a freelance photographer, is recalled to Britain from Anatolia where his wife Melanie has been killed by insurgent militia. IRGB is a nation living in the aftermath of a bizarre and terrifying terrorist atrocity - hundreds of thousands were wiped out when a vast triangle of west London was instantly annihilated. The authorities think the terrorist attack and the death of Tarent's wife are somehow connected. A century earlier, a stage magician is sent to the Western Front on a secret mission to render British reconnaissance aircraft invisible to the enemy. On his journey to the trenches he meets the visionary who believes that this will be the war to end all wars. In 1943, a woman pilot from Poland tells a young RAF technician of her escape from the Nazis, and her desperate need to return home. In the present day, a theoretical physicist stands in his English garden and creates the first adjacency. THE ADJACENT is a novel where nothing is quite as it seems. Where fiction and history intersect, where every version of reality is suspect, where truth and falsehood lie closely adjacent to one another. It shows why Christopher Priest is one of our greatest writers
The separation by Christopher Priest( Book )

44 editions published between 2001 and 2021 in 6 languages and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The separation is the story of twin brothers. Rowers in the 1936 Olympics, they meet Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy; one joins the RAF, and captains a Wellington; he is shot down after a bombing raid on Hamburg and becomes Churchill's aide-de-camp; his twin brother, a pacifist, works with the Red Cross, rescuing bombing victims in London. But this is not a straightforward story of the Second World War: this is an alternate history: the two brothers - both called J.L. Sawyer - live their lives in alternate versions of reality. In one, the Second World War ends as we imagine it did; in the other, thanks to efforts of an eminent team of negotiators headed by Hess, the war ends in 1941. The separation is an emotionally riveting story of how ordinary people can make a difference; it's a savage critique of Winston Churchill, the man credited as the saviour of Britain and the Western World, and it's a story of how one perceives and shapes the past"--Publisher's description
The prestige by Christopher Priest( Recording )

24 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1878, two young stage magicians clash in the dark during the course of a fraudulent séance. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and expose each other. Their rivalry will take them to the peaks of their careers, but with terrible consequences. In the course of pursuing each other's ruin, they will deploy all the deception their magician's craft can command, the highest misdirection and the darkest science. Blood will be spilled, but it will not be enough. In the end, their legacy will pass on for generations to descendants who must, for their sanity's sake, untangle their puzzle
The extremes by Christopher Priest( Book )

25 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After visiting a virtual-reality store--selling the scenario of a mass shooting--a killer carries out a mass shooting himself. FBI agent Teresa Simons tries to determine if the experience influenced him. A look at the effect of violence-entertainment on people
The affirmation by Christopher Priest( Book )

30 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Sinclair goes to the country cottage of a friend to work on his autobiography. He intends simply to recount the story of his life, but the task soon develops into an act of imaginative reconstruction and he begins to drift between the shadowy worlds of memory and imagination
The gradual by Christopher Priest( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2018 in English and French and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alesandro Sussken is a composer living in Glaund, a fascist state constantly at war with another equally faceless opponent. His brother is sent off to fight; his family is destroyed by grief. Occasionally Alesandro catches glimpses of islands in the far distance from the shore, and they feed into the music he composes. But all knowledge of the other islands is forbidden by the military junta, until he is unexpectedly sent on a cultural tour. And what he discovers on his journey will change his perceptions of his home, his music and the ways of the islands themselves. Bringing him answers where he could not have foreseen them. A rich and involving tale playing with the lot of the creative mind, the rigours of living under war and the nature of time itself, this is multi award-winning, master storyteller Christopher Priest at his absolute best
An infinite summer by Christopher Priest( Book )

19 editions published between 1979 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The perfect lover by Christopher Priest( Book )

6 editions published between 1961 and 1979 in English and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The year is 1985. The Wessex Project, a privately funded project, discovers a method to transport the collective unconscious of some of England's most brilliant minds into an illusory and ideal society. The object: to gather information vital to our survival on earth. But in the process, power, deception and love join to jeopardize the philanthropic program
The space machine : a scientific romance by Christopher Priest( Book )

30 editions published between 1976 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a young Victorian couple inadvertently tamper with Sir William Reynolds's latest invention, a time-space machine, they find themselves flung not only into the future but also across the void of space. Now, trapped on an alien world with a landscape of weird vegetation and overseen by giant, long-legged machines operated by gruesome octopus-like creatures, they must find a way to survive. And when they learn that the monsters are plotting an invasion of Earth, can they find a way to return home and save the planet?
Anticipations( Book )

9 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science fiction-noveller
Indoctrinaire by Christopher Priest( Book )

19 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A scientist working at the South Pole on the hallucinatory effects of a so-called "disturbance gas" is brought to a mysterious, mind-bending plateau in Brazil. Here he finds himself a prisoner in a bizarre compound, interrogated by a madman, and gradually learns the truth about the spacetime this prison inhabits and a nuclear war he may have helped to start
The Prestige by Christopher Nolan( Visual )

52 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

AIn turn-of-the-century Victorian London, charismatic showman Robert Angier and gifted illusionist Alfred Borden are two young magicians whose friendship is destroyed when the love of Angier's life dies in a trick gone wrong. Their rivalry escalates into an obsession full of deceit and sabotage. When Borden's "transported man" trick becomes famous, Angier will go to any length to top it, even pursuing a fantastic and frightening machine developed by Nicola Tesla
An American story by Christopher Priest( Book )

12 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and French and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ben Matson lost someone he loved in the 9/11 attacks. Or thinks he did - no body has been recovered, and she shouldn't have been on that particular plane on that day. But he knows she was. The world has moved on from that terrible day. Nearly 20 years later, it has faded into a dull memory for most people. But a chance encounter rekindles Ben's interest in the event, and the inconsistencies that always bugged him. Then the announcement of the recovery of an unidentified plane crash sets off a chain of events that will lead Ben to question everything he thought he knew." --
The quiet woman by Christopher Priest( Book )

18 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Na de dood van haar buurvrouw besluit een schrijfster het levensverhaal van het slachtoffer te schrijven, waarvoor ze contact legt met de zoon
JLA by Grant Morrison( Book )

3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Aquaman as members, the JLA was made up of the greatest heroes in the universe. But as old foes create unholy alliances and new enemies attack out of nowhere, Batman realizes that the team must increase its numbers. Joined by such new allies as Plastic Man, Steel, Zauriel, the Huntress, and Oracle, a truly almighty team comprised of super heroes, aliens, gods, and monarchs prepare for battle against any and all threats"--Publisher's web site
A dream of Wessex by Christopher Priest( Book )

25 editions published between 1977 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The western democracies are disintegrating, scarred by violence and gripped with fear of terrorist attacks. Trying to find solutions to today's problems, Julia Stretton and other specialists at the Wessex Project have created a virtual reality projection of a utopian future where all current issues have been resolved - how did they achieve it? But on entering Wessex, they lose all memory of their 'real' lives outside, and as they move back and forth the lines between dream and reality become obscured. When Julia's ex-lover, the sadistic Paul Mason, joins the project, he has a sinister plan to take the Wessex projection to a new and terrifying level . .
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The prestige
The inverted world; a novelThe islandersThe glamourThe separationThe prestigeThe extremesThe affirmationIndoctrinaire
Alternative Names
Christopher Priest

Christopher Priest British speculative fiction writer

Christopher Priest Brits schrijver

Christopher Priest écrivain britannique

Christopher Priest englischer Schriftsteller

Christopher Priest escritor británico de ficción especulativa

Christopher Priest scrittore inglese

Novak, John Luther 1943-

Priest, Christopher

Priest, Christopher M. 1943-

Priest, Christopher M. (Christopher McKenzie), 1943-

Prist, Kristofer 1943-

Кристофър Прийст

Крістофер Пріст

Прист, Кристофер

Прист, Кристофер, 1943-

כריסטופר פריסט סופר בריטי

كريستوفر بريست

كريستوفر بريست روائي بريطاني

프리스트, 크리스토퍼 1943-


プリースト, クリストファー