Pasquale's Angelby Paul McAuley
Florence in the year 1518 is riven by scientific and sociological change caused b the wonderful devices of the Great Engineer, Leonardo da Vinci. Now he is old and lives as a recluse working behind the walls of his castle. The Raphaelites, artists and anti-technologists led by Raphael of Urbino, call for his excommunication.
Pasquale di Cione fiesole, an apprentice painter witnesses an assassination attempt on Raphael at a Cathedral service. The weapon falls into his hands, and he is soon on the run from engineers and artists, desperate to prove his innocence.
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Paul J. McAuley (born 1955) is a British botanist, award-winning author, and self-described science junkie. By training a biologist, he writes mostly hard science fiction, dealing with themes such as biotechnology, alternate history/alternate reality, and space travel.