Alien Clay (Hardback)
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Alien Clay (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 28/03/2024
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The master science fiction storyteller returns with a disturbing and prescient slice of space opera, as a professor condemned to study on a forbidding alien planet that holds a tantalising secret.

Alien Clay is a thrilling far-future adventure by acclaimed Hugo and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky.

They travelled into the unknown and left themselves behind . . .

On the distant world of Kiln lie the ruins of an alien civilization. It’s the greatest discovery in humanity’s spacefaring history – yet who were its builders and where did they go?

Professor Arton Daghdev had always wanted to study alien life up close. Then his wishes become a reality in the worst way. His political activism sees him exiled from Earth to Kiln’s extrasolar labour camp. There, he’s condemned to work under an alien sky until he dies.

Kiln boasts a ravenous, chaotic ecosystem like nothing seen on Earth. The monstrous alien life interacts in surprising, sometimes shocking ways with the human body, so Arton will risk death on a daily basis. However, the camp’s oppressive regime might just kill him first. If Arton can somehow escape both fates, the world of Kiln holds a wondrous, terrible secret. It will redefine life and intelligence as he knows it, and might just set him free . . .

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781035013746
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 614 g
Dimensions: 243 x 164 x 35 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An interplanetary-scale, hyper-Orwellian stew of malignant academia . . . The regularity with which Tchaikovsky delivers great books is astounding. Highly recommended - Tade Thompson, author of Rosewater

Alien Clay is convincing, compelling on human and cosmic levels, and unputdownable. With work like this, Adrian Tchaikovsky is fast becoming the voice of his generation in British SF - Stephen Baxter, author of Proxima

The central concept unravels itself in a manner that is both deeply satisfying and not at all predictable. He truly is one of our finest writers of SF right now. The whole was an excellent story told with Adrian's trademark skill and flair - James Oswald, author of the Inspector McLean series

A hell prison on a hell planet with a thrilling, important message: only connect. Adrian's firing on all cylinders in this one - Ian McDonald, author of New Moon

Is Tchaikovsky propping up the science fiction industry single-handedly? He is so prolific and reliably excellent that I think he might be - New Scientist

Restlessly brainy and utterly involving, Alien Clay is as morally engaged as 1984 and as immersive as Avatar - Daily Mail

[Adrian Tchaikovsky] has created a wonderfully strange new world as the basis for an intriguing puzzle with plenty of thrills - Guardian

Imaginative, horrifying and always amusing, it's the perfect gateway into what makes Tchaikovsky great. - SciFiNow

[A] brilliant, gripping standalone novel, which reconstitutes numerous familiar SF tropes to create something thought-provoking, unexpected and at times unsettlingly weird - SFX Magazine, 5* Review

Alien Clay by Adrian Tchaikovsky is another revolutionary adventure on an exoplanet with its own rules and paradigms - British Fantasy Society

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“Feats of clay”

The prolific Adrian Tchaikovsky starts his 2024 release schedule with a stirring standalone science fiction novel that, above all else, challenges the nature of lies and the mistrust they breed.

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Ollie, Senior Bookseller

“Alien Clay Review”

This fair and unbiased review was conducted based on an uncorrected proof copy of the book, which I am grateful to the publisher for providing.

Opening with a bewildering and exciting planetfall in which snatches... More

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“Another great offering from Adrian Tchaikovsky!”

I was lucky enough to receive a proof copy from the publisher in exchange for review. Thank you to Pan Mac for the opportunity, and to Adrian Tachaikovsky for always giving me an enjoyable read!
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