Everything I love about Stephenson’s writing is here—the compelling characters, the intense action, and the in-depth engagement with technology—except now it’s the end of the world. The moon has shattered, the debris are going to wipe the earth clean, and humanity has roughly two years to get it together to send something—anything—up into space to survive. This incredible book covers the nail-biting venture to create sustainable life beyond Earth’s atmosphere and then jumps far into the future to survey the results—plus, we’re talking about humanity so of course politics and ambition do as much damage as any bolide strike. The first portion of the book feels somewhat like watching the movie Gravity with a group of astronauts to explain the technology to you, the second section has echoes of Ringworld or Brin's classic SciFi works. I loved the strong, complex females in this novel--they are a varied, complicated, and diverse group that make this story simply fantastic.— Nici
Seveneves is part disaster novel, part Science Fiction. It starts with the heart-stopping moment when the moon explodes and takes us through a rough and tumble ride to save the human race. It is an epic that spans thousands of years and takes many surprising turns along the way. It is definitely one I recommend.— Ivy
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.
A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.
Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of the novels Reamde, Anathem, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning . . . Was the Command Line. He lives in Seattle, Washington.