By Brian W. Aldiss
In an excellent reimagining of Bram Stoker’s horror vintage, an inventor travels again in time to avoid wasting humankind from a nightmarish enslavement via vampires
Joe Bodenland has discovered the best way to manage time—a discovery that leads him to Utah and an very unlikely sixty-five-million-year-old human gravesite. it truly is the following that he learns of the life of a giant race of clever predators as outdated because the dinosaur, and of the outstanding “train” the undead creatures use to commute backward and forward from a Paleolithic previous to a large a long way destiny during which Homo sapiens are enslaved farm animals. With the destiny of all humanity at stake, Joe commandeers the ghostly transportation and rides it again to Victorian England, the place he enlists the help of a strong best friend, the writer Bram Stoker, within the conflict to safe Earth. yet to avoid the arriving apocalyptic nightmare, they have to first confront and break the main crafty and lethal being the area has ever recognized: Lord Dracula, the immortal vampire.
The recipient of various awards and honors, together with a number of Hugo and Nebula Awards and the Prix Jules Verne, Grand grasp Brian W. Aldiss places a daring new technology ficion spin on Bram Stoker’s vintage story of vampiric horror. An inventive reinvention of the Nosferatu delusion, Dracula Unbound is a breakneck thrill experience from the most respected names in technology fiction and delusion.
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