mercredi 26 novembre 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Expected publication: May 19th 2015

When the moon blows up, the earth’s atmosphere is predicted to go through changes that will eventually lead to a Hard Rain, a meteorite storm that could last for thousands of years, rendering the earth’s surface uninhabitable. In preparation, the nations of the earth send an ark of humans to an International Space Station. But the Station isn’t immune to the galactic catastrophe and many of its people are lost, mostly men. When stability is reached, only seven humans remain, all of them women. 

Jump forward thirty thousand years. Two peoples exist: those who survived on Earth, living rustic, primitive lives; and those who derived from the Seven Eves of the space station, affluent, sophisticated, organized sects looking to colonize the surface of earth. 

Stephenson’s next novel is an epic potboiler, with political and military intrigue, and plenty to say about evolution, genetic engineering, and civilization as we know it.

I have not read as much of Stephenson's work as I would like, so when I saw this - a sci-fi dystopia set in the far future - I immediately added it to my TBR list.

2 commentaires:

  1. I was recently discussing Stephenson with some friends and we had varying opinions. While we all enjoyed Snow Crash some of us, including myself, were not nearly as impressed with The Diamond Age. I have Anathem on my tbr list (although its' length is daunting) and will look forward to any comments you may have about this new book by Stephenson or others.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I have only read the first book of his Baroque cycle, Quicksilver, which I enjoyed although it was quite a difficult read. Anathem crossed my radar but I never got round to it and Seveneves is a little bit more up my alley. I'll definitely post my review once I finish.