"Taut, suspenseful, darkly powerful ...Egan is on his way, and with considerable velocity!" --Gardener Dozois, editor, The Year's Best SF In 2034, the stars went out. Riots and religions break out after an unknown agency surrounds the solar system with an impenetrable barrier, now leaving the universe in darkness. While some see this act as revenge from God, others see it as protection. The only thing known is that for now and forever, Earth and the universe shall never be connected again. Or so it seems. In 2067, PI Nick Stavrianos is hired to investigate the disappearance of Laura, a mentally disabled woman. The trail leads him to the Republic of New Hong Kong, where an organization known as the Ensemble has uncovered Laura's secret and the only possible way she could have escaped from the institution: her ability to walk through walls. It's up to Nick not only to find out what the Ensemble plans to do with Laura, but also--if he can--to get her before her powers transform the world. Will it be for good or bad? That's the question Nick has to answer.From the mind of Hugo Award--winning author Greg Egan, Quarantine is a tour de force of hard science fiction that will grip you from the first page and not let go. Originally published more than twenty years ago, Quarantine is now back in print and available to readers again. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.