The Extremes

The Extremes

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name = The Extremes
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image_caption = Cover of first US edition (St Martins) (hardback)
author = Christopher Priest
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country = United Kingdom
language = English
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genre = Science fiction novel
publisher = Simon & Schuster
release_date = 1998
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media_type = Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
pages = 393 pp
isbn = 0-684-81632-6
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"The Extremes" is a 1998 science fiction novel by Christopher Priest.


Teresa Simons is drawn to a quiet English seaside town in the aftermath of a motiveless massacre by a gunman. Her husband, an FBI agent, had died in a similar outburst of violence in a small Texas town, on the same day. Similarities between the two incidents of spree violence, apparently taking place at random, are shocking and inexplicable. Teresa finds she can come to terms with the senseless nature of the murders only by immersing herself in the world of virtual reality.


"The Extremes" won the BSFA Award in 1998 for "Best SF Novel", and was nominated for the 1999 Arthur C. Clarke Award. In the 2000 Locus Poll Award it ranked #23 Best SF Novel.

External links

* [ Christopher Priest's Website]
* [ "A Retreat from Reality" - an article by Christopher Priest]
* [ A Quick Chat with Christopher Priest about "The Extremes"]
* [ The Edge interview: "Christopher Priest: Taken to the Extremes"]
* [ Review at Science Fiction Weekly]
* [ Review at the SF Site]

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