Fractal Noise (Paperback)
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Paperback 432 Pages
Published: 23/05/2024
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Charting the events before the narrative of Paolini’s bestselling To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, Fractal Noise finds a xenobiologist embark on a dangerous quest in a desperate attempt to find meaning in an increasingly callous universe.

Fractal Noise is a compelling story of first contact and a gripping standalone prequel to the To Sleep in a Sea of Stars - by internationally bestselling author Christopher Paolini.

Humanity is not alone . . .

25 July 2234: The crew of the Adamura discovers an anomaly on an uninhabited planet.

They find a circular pit, fifty kilometres wide, its curve not of nature but design. A small team must land on Talos VII and journey on foot across the surface to learn who built the hole – and why. But they all carry the burdens of lives carved out on disparate colonies in the cruel cold of space.

For some, the mission is the dream of the lifetime; for others, a risk not worth taking. For one, it is a desperate attempt to find meaning in an uncaring universe. Every step they take towards the mysterious abyss is more punishing than the last. And the ghosts of their past follow.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781035001132
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 296 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 27 mm


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A powerful piece of SF, with intelligent writing and big ideas - Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Children of Time series on To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Paolini’s impressive imagination has produced an action-packed SF adventure that zings along at hyperluminal speed, with Kira as one of the most memorable characters of the genre - Peter F. Hamilton, author of Pandora's Star on To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

Breathes new life into the classic first encounter narrative. . . . Paolini makes the experiences of his well-shaded explorers vivid and gripping through smart worldbuilding and believable stakes. James S.A. Corey fans will be especially riveted - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

This pulse-pounding science-fiction novel pits human curiosity and technology against alien tech deep in the cosmos . . . An excellent starting point for the series as a whole - Library Journal

Paolini understands that in the best character-driven science-fiction stories, the alien tech is never as interesting as the human relationships. Tense and gripping - Kirkus Reviews

Mounting tension, danger, and uncertainty . . . Shows Paolini’s range as a storyteller - Booklist

Dazzles with otherworldly delights – and unearthly nightmares. - Newsweek on To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

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“A great read for any sci-fi fan!”

I've been a fan of Christopher Paolini since I first read Eragon while still at school and Fractal Noise didn't disappoint. I was completely immersed in the story, the science felt real and the storytelling... More

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“Thoughtful and compelling Sci fi”

This is a story so far removed for To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars, but no less brilliant. Instead of space battles and hostile aliens, we have a mystery, a man's battle with grief, a journey, and a philosophical... More

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