| Winner of the John W. Campbell Award for best science-fiction novel of 1992.
Job Napoleon Salk is born sickly and penniless in a charity hospital, on the last day of the 20th century. It is a time of global economic collapse. He grows up in an orphanage, and then as a street child, in a society where everyone is poor except for a small group of rich elite. He is terrified as a child by stories of the Tandyman, a mysterious figure with burning hands. While still a teenager he has his one and only love affair, with Stella, one of the elite, who are off-limits to the likes of Job. For this sin he is exiled to the Great Nebraska Tandy, along with the scientists and technologists who have been made the scapegoat for all the world's ills. But the scientists have not stopped working, and the Tandies themselves are not what they appear to be. Job escapes at last, and carries with him a discovery that will change the world.