To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a brand new epic novel from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Paolini. Kira Navarez dreamed of life on new worlds. Now she''s awakened a nightmare. During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she''s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move . As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn''t at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human. While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity''s greatest and final hope . . .
Here are eight astonishing science-fiction stories that explore the boundaries between science and religion, between determinism and our ability to choose, between words and the entities they describe. Here are stories of conceptual breakthrough... of making sense of the universe and our place in it.
B>Arkady Martine's A Memory Called Empire is one of the hottest science fiction debuts around, with amazing word-of-mouth acclaim still building. For those who loved /b>b>Ann Leckie's epic space opera Ancillary Justice,/b>b> Tasmyn Muir's Gideon the Ninth and /b>b>Iain M. Banks's Culture novels./b>b>Shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2019/b>br>b>'Contender for debut of the year' SFX Magazine /b>br>b>In a war of lies she seeks the truth . . . /b>Ambassador Mahit Dzmare travels to the Teixcalaanli Empire's interstellar capital, eager to take up her new post. Yet when she arrives, she discovers her predecessor was murdered. But no one will admit his death wasn't accidental - and she might be next.Now Mahit must navigate the capital's enticing yet deadly halls of power, to discover dangerous truths. And while she hunts for the killer, Mahit must somehow prevent the rapacious Empire from annexing her home: a small, fiercely independent mining station. As she sinks deeper into an alien culture that is all too seductive, Mahit engages in intrigues of her own. For she's hiding an extraordinary technological secret, one which might destroy her station and its way of life. Or it might save them from annihilation.b>A Memory Called Empire is followed by A Desolation Called Peace in the/b>b> Teixcalaan duology. /b>br>b>/b>br>b>'A Memory Called Empire perfectly balances action and intrigue with matters of empire and identity. All-round brilliant space opera, I absolutely loved it' - /b>b>Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice/b>
When the Athsheans, the inhabitants of a peaceful world, are conquered by the bloodthirsty Yumens, they retaliate against their captors, abandoning their rules against violence and endangering the very foundations of their society.
Humanity rises to meet a powerful alien threat, in this extraordinary conclusion to Peter F. Hamilton''s Salvation Sequence. This is a high-octane adventure from ''the most powerful imagination in science fiction'' (Ken Follett). Live in hiding - or die for freedom Humanity welcomed the Olyix and their utopian technology. But mankind was tricked. Now these visitors are extracting a terrible price. For two years, the Olyix have laid siege to Earth, harvesting its people for their god. One by one, cities are falling to their devastating weaponry. And while millions have fled to seek refuge in space, others continue to fight an apparently unwinnable war. As Earth''s defeat draws near, a team attempts to infiltrate the Salvation of Life - the Olyix''s arkship. If it succeeds, those chosen will travel to a hidden enclave thousands of light years away. Once there, they must signal its location to future generations, to bring the battle to the enemy. Maybe allies scattered throughout space and time can join forces. Yet in the far future, humanity are still hunted by their ancient adversary. And as forces battle on in the cold reaches of space, hope seems distant indeed . . . The Saints of Salvation is the third and final book in the Salvation Sequence by Peter F. Hamilton. ''A vast, intricate sci-fi showstopper'' - Guardian on Salvation ''Exciting, wildly imaginative and quite possibly Hamilton''s best book to date'' - SFX Magazine on Salvation , 5 stars
The unmissable follow-up to the highly acclaimed Children of Time and Children of Ruin . Earth is failing. In a desperate bid to escape, the spaceship Enkidu and its captain, Heorest Holt, carry its precious human cargo to a potential new Eden. Generations later, this fragile colony has managed to survive, eking out a hardy existence. Yet life is tough, and much technological knowledge has been lost. Then Liff, Holt '' s granddaughter, hears whispers that the strangers in town aren''t from neighbouring farmland. That they possess unparalleled technology - and that they''ve arrived from another world . But not all questions are so easily answered, and their price may be the colony itself. Children of Memory by Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky is a far-reaching space opera spanning generations, species and galaxies.
From the author of the thrilling science-fiction epic Children of Time , winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award. ''One of the most interesting and accomplished writers in speculative fiction'' - Christopher Paolini Shards of Earth is the first high-octane instalment in the Final Architecture trilogy. The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . . Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade his mind in the war. And one of humanity''s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers. Eighty years ago, Earth was destroyed by an alien enemy. Many escaped, but millions more died. So mankind created enhanced humans such as Idris - who could communicate mind-to-mind with our aggressors. Then these ''Architects'' simply disappeared and Idris and his kind became obsolete. Now, Idris and his crew have something strange, abandoned in space. It''s clearly the work of the Architects - but are they really returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy as they search for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, and many would kill to obtain it. Praise for Adrian Tchaikovsky: ''Enthralling, epic, immersive and hugely intelligent'' - Stephen Baxter on Shards of Earth ''He writes incredibly enjoyable sci-fi, full of life and ideas'' - Patrick Ness ''Brilliant science fiction'' - James McAvoy on Children of Time
A Desolation Called Peace is the spectacular space opera sequel to A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel. An alien terror could spell our end. An alien threat lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is supposed to win a war against it. In a desperate attempt to find a diplomatic solution, the fleet captain has sent for an envoy to contact the mysterious invaders. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass - both still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire - face an impossible task: they must attempt to negotiate with a hostile entity, without inadvertently triggering the destruction of themselves and the Empire. Whether they succeed or fail could change the face of Teixcalaan forever. ''All-round brilliant space opera, I absolutely loved it'' Ann Leckie on A Memory Called Empire ''A cutting, beautiful, human adventure . . . The best SF novel I''ve read in the last five years'' Yoon Ha Lee on A Memory Called Empire
''John Scalzi is the most entertaining, accessible writer working in SF today'' - Joe Hill In New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls ''an animal rights organization''. Tom''s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on. What Tom doesn''t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. They''re the universe''s largest and most dangerous panda and they''re in trouble. It''s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society whose found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die. The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi is a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set on an alternate Earth - perfect for fans of Adrian Tchaikovsky and Charles Stross.
Humanity rises to meet a powerful alien threat, in this extraordinary sequel to Peter F. Hamilton''s Salvation . This is a high-octane adventure from ''the most powerful imagination in science fiction'' (Ken Follett). Fight together - or die alone . . . In the twenty-third century, humanity is enjoying a comparative utopia. Yet life on Earth is about to change, forever. Feriton Kane''s investigative team has discovered the worst threat ever to face mankind - and we''ve almost no time to fight back. The supposedly benign Olyix plan to harvest humanity, in order to carry us to their god at the end of the universe. And as their agents conclude schemes down on earth, vast warships converge above to gather this cargo. Some factions push for humanity to flee, to live in hiding amongst the stars - although only a chosen few would make it out in time. But others refuse to break before the storm. As disaster looms, animosities must be set aside to focus on just one goal: wiping this enemy from the face of creation. Even if it means preparing for a future this generation will never see. Salvation Lost is the second book in the Salvation Sequence by Peter F. Hamilton ''Everything readers of Salvation will have hoped for. A series emerging as a modern classic'' - Stephen Baxter ''Brilliant and compelling. A masterclass in tension and spectacle'' - Gareth L. Powell
Weaponized is a thrilling far-future adventure by acclaimed science fiction author Neal Asher. A bright new future for humanity - or a dark and inescapable past. With the advent of new AI technology, Polity citizens now possess incredible lifespans. Yet they struggle to find meaning in their longevity, seeking danger and novelty in their increasingly mundane lives. On a mission to find a brighter future for humanity, ex-soldier Ursula fosters a colony on the hostile planet Threpsis. Here, survival isn''t a given, and colonists thrive without their AI guidance. But when deadly alien raptors appear, Ursula and her companions find themselves forced to adapt in unprecedented ways. And they will be pushed to the very brink of what it means to be human. As a desperate battle rages across the planet, Ursula must dig deep into her past if she is to save humanity''s future.
Fractal Noise is the thrilling prequel to the masterful space opera To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by internationally bestselling author of Eragon, Christopher Paolini. On the planet Talos VII, twenty-three years before the events of To Sleep in a Sea of Stars , an anomaly is detected. A vast circular pit, with dimensions so perfect that it could only have been the result of conscious design. So a small team is assembled to learn more - perhaps even who built the hole and why. Their mission will take them on a hazardous trek to the very edge of existence. For one explorer, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. For another, a risk not worth taking. And for xenobiologist Alex Crichton, it''s a desperate attempt to find meaning in an uncaring universe. But every step they take toward that mysterious abyss is more punishing than the last. Ultimately, no one is prepared for what they will encounter.