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The Trigger. 1999 The Trigger
by Arthur C. Clarke
and Michael Kube-McDowell

First Edition 1999
Voyager / HarperCollins
ISBN 0002247119
Hardback in dust jacket
Cover illustration by Fred Gambino
550 pages
Price: £17.99

The Trigger, a novel written by Michael Kube-McDowell based on an outline developed by Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Kube-McDowell.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 2nd printing of the 2000 Voyager paperback edition, ISBN 0006483836. Cover illustration credited to Bob Warner, although the artwork is credited to Fred Gambino on the jacket of the first hardback edtion.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
This morning all the guns stop working.
What will happen tonight?


When brilliant, driven and idealistic scientist Jeffrey Horton discovers the Trigger effect, he knows at once that he’s changed the world. He is in possession of the ultimate weapon: a device that can disarm an enemy’s entire arsenal, from rifle bullets to nuclear warheads.

But the Trigger is not just a weapon. It can be used to end for ever the power of the gun. Except that, in a world in which violence is epidemic, anyone proposing an end to the use of weapons is a target for killers.


'A technothriller and an exploration of the influence of technology on social change . . . readers will certainly keep turning pages. This is solid, intelligent, serious entertainment'

'Told in the tradition of the best thrillers . . . an enjoyable read that explores an interesting dilemma: given the choice, do we really want peace?'

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