Tchaikovsky’s ‘hard’ sci-fi space opera Children of Time catapulted him into the literary stratosphere and this follow up certainly doesn’t disappoint. The lurking menace of alien life forms corrupted by humanity forms the backbone of this multilayered, intelligent novel, which sees Tchaikovsky follow proudly in the footsteps of luminaries like Hamilton, Heinlein and Clarke.
It has been waiting through the ages.
Now it's time . . .
Thousands of years ago, Earth's terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life - but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity's great empire fell, and the program's decisions were lost to time.
Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth.
But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed.
And it's been waiting for them.
Children of Ruin follows the author's Children of Time, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award. It is set in the same universe, with a new cast of characters.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 576
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
A refreshing new take on post-dystopia civilizations, with the smartest evolutionary world-building you'll ever read -- Peter F. Hamilton on Children of Time
Children of Time is a joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human -- Patrick Ness on Children of Time
This is superior stuff, tackling big themes - gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness - with brio -- Financial Times on Children of Time
The novel's clever interrogation of the usual narrative of planetary conquest, and its thoughtful depiction of two alien civilisations attempting to understand each other, is an exemplar of classic widescreen science fiction -- New Scientist on Children of Time
Essential science fiction, a book not to be missed -- SFBook on Children of Time
An entertaining and thought-provoking novel of post humanity, survival and legacy . . . Children of Time is an enormously interesting and well drawn SF novel -- SFSignal on Children of Time
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