An introduction to "M" from the poet and multimedia artist Dan Waber:
Picture the Colossus of Rhodes. Now imagine that what flows beneath is the sum total of human knowledge to date. Michael Aro, with "M", has written a book that acknowledges, defies, and transcends all previous notions of what constitutes a novel; it is a novel that fully embraces all meanings of the word. Standing with one foot firmly planted on the ground of all that is physical, and one foot plunged into the intellectual turmoil of the metaphysical, Aro sings the song of a weaver at the work of tying together the threads of everyman's everyday everything. It is a tapestry of meaning, meta-meaning, and meta-meta-meaning which no person interested in becoming fully human should miss.
"M" has been awarded the 2008 National Literary Award for Science Fiction