Offering a freshly imagined world of bizarre creatures and strange customs, this unique and sardonic allegory explores the power and price of science and the ambiguity of morality.Humorless and drug addicted, physiognomist Cley is ordered by the Master of the Well-Built City to investigate a theft in a remote mining town.
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After beholding the destruction of the Well-Built City, physiognomist Cley is now a simple healer seeking peace and atonement in the happy village of survivors. When the town falls into a deadly sleeping sickness, Cley must make a dangerous trip to the ruins of Citynow, beset by mechanical birds and werewolves, to seek out an antidote. The evil Master Below is still alive, but an accidental exposure to the sickness that he created has put him into a coma.
Author Jeffrey Ford's World Fantasy Award-winning novel, 'The Physiognomy', introduced Cley, master of a twisted and terrifying science utilized to keep order in a nightmare city. In the brilliantly audacious 'Memoranda', the reformed physiognomist embarked on a surreal quest through the mind of the monster who imagined and constructed the dark metropolis.