by: Geoff Ryman


The long-awaited new book from multi-award winner Geoff Ryman

An extraordinary science-fiction novel about identity, divinity and alternate reality – the story of the son of God.

File Under: Science Fiction


“Women, of course, can not be sons of God.”

In the village of Nazareth, virgin Maryam and the wife of Yosef barLevi gives birth to a miracle: a little girl. She is named Avigayil, after her grandmother. But as Avigayil grows, it’s clear she believes that she is destined to be someone greater than just the daughter of Maryam. From leading a gang of village boys to challenging the priests in the temple, Avigayil is determined to find her way as Yeshu, a man. Yeshu can work miracles.  He can see futures.  He can speak for God.  A gripping, thoughtful sci-fi novel, tackling family, the multiverse and the survival of love through immense change and crisis.
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Canadian born Geoff Ryman is one of the most innovative and acclaimed authors writing in Fantasy and SF. A multi-award winner, his sensitive and artful SF novels, including WAS, AIR and THE CHILD GARDEN, have explored the AIDS epidemic, the coming of the Cloud based internet and the history of Cambodia. His 1998 novel, 253, was a groundbreaking digital hypertext. As well as writing novels he led the teams that built the websites for the British Monarchy and Number 10. He also had a leading role designing the UK government’s www.direct.gov.uk site.

HIM feels like the real story at last. Ryman’s uncanny ability to get inside people makes this one of the greatest versions of the old story. The family drama, Yeshua’s parents and siblings—all the key moments seen as if by lightening—it comes alive in a supremely vivid way. This time for real. It’s unforgettable.”
– Kim Stanley Robinson, award winning author of The Mars Trilogy

“Here is the Son of God you never knew. HIM is shocking, moving, profound and reverent. Only Geoff Ryman could have written this book. It is a masterpiece.”
– Michael Swanwick, Nebula award-winning author of Stations of the Tide

“Ryman challenges his readers as he always has, with an enormous, defiant, heart. HIM is exhilarating and liberating to believer and non-believer alike.”
– Paul Cornell, author and screenwriter

“Ryman offers an exceptional journey into the heart of human experience with this profoundly affecting story. Beautifully imagined. It has a transformative, compassionate power. I loved it.”
– Justina Robson, award nominated author Silver Screen