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Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Review by Ernest Lilley
William Morrow Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780062190376
Date: 19 May 2015 List Price $35.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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In just under 900 pages Neal Stephenson takes humanity to the brink of extinction and back again in a story that stretches from the day after tomorrow to five thousand years hence. At the outset, the moon is shattered by something, possibly an errant black hole, and breaks up into seven pieces. At first it seems like that could be the end of it, but then seven becomes eight, and the process begins to accelerate exponentially as the number of fragments and collisions increase. What was bizarre but benign, now starts a countdown to the end of all life on the surface of the planet, ending in a hard rain of meteorites that will last for millennia. For reasons that I'm sure make perfect sense, the doomsday clock is set at two years, and humanity's hopes for survival rest on an effort to colonize LEO using the ISS as an ops center. If you like space science junkie, you'll love Seveneves.

From official release/information:

Product Description: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic--a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.

What would happen if the world were ending? A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain.

Five thousand years later, their progeny--seven distinct races now three billion strong--embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown ... to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.

(Source: William Morrow)

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