By Wook Kim
Updated October 19, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Ziani Vaatzes, a supervisor in the powerful machinists’ guild, deliberately modifies some specs — a capital offense in the country of Mezentia. Forced into exile, he begins a daring plan to reunite with his wife and daughter.

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Provocative hard SF.

Devices and Desires, K.J. Parker’s intricately plotted and meticulously detailed book — the first in a projected trilogy — moves as deliberately and precisely as an antique watch.