A. A. Attanasio is one of my favorite writers of science fiction and fantasy. I have just begun re-reading The Last Legends of Earth, set about two billion years in the future. Humanity is long dead as is the earth itself. Mankind is resurrected by an alien to act as bait to trap the zotl, black, parasitic creatures that feed on human pain. The alien and the zotl have been engaged in a war lasting millions of years. Resurrecting mankind from their light wave remains travelling through space is just the latest tactic in the long war. Attanasio uses words in whole new and unexpected ways. I wish I could write as well as he does.
For new readers just discovering Attanasio’s works, I would suggest his trilogy re-telling the King Arthur legends. If you believe that there is no new way to tell the story, you are going to be very surprised and pleased. The three books are: The Dragon and the Unicorn, The Eagle and the Sword, and The Wolf and the Crown. You’ll be very glad you discovered A. A. Attanasio.