Seveneves: A Novel

By Neal Stephenson

From the number 1 New York Times bestselling writer of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes a thrilling and thought-provoking technological know-how fiction epic—a grand tale of annihilation and survival spanning 5 thousand years.

What might occur if the area have been ending?

A catastrophic occasion renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race opposed to the inevitable, international locations worldwide band jointly to plan an bold plan to make sure the survival of humanity some distance past our surroundings, in outer space.

But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unexpected demanding situations and risks threaten the intrepid pioneers, till just a handful of survivors stay . . .

Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven unique races now 3 billion strong—embark on yet one more audacious trip into the unknown . . . to an alien global totally remodeled via cataclysm and time: Earth.

A author of outstanding genius and creative imaginative and prescient, Neal Stephenson combines technological know-how, philosophy, expertise, psychology, and literature in a powerful paintings of speculative fiction that provides a portrait of a destiny that's either striking and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores a few of our greatest principles and confusing demanding situations in a panoramic saga that's bold, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.

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