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The Supernova Era

Cixin Liu Joel Martinsen



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Head of Zeus
27 October 2021
'Like Ursula K. Le Guin rewriting The Lord of the Flies for the quantum age' NPR 'Cixin Liu is the author of your next favourite sci-fi novel' WIRED Eight years ago and eight light years away, a supermassive star died.
Tonight, a supernova tsunami of high energy will finally reach Earth. Dark skies will shine bright as a new star blooms in the heavens and within a year everyone over the age of thirteen will be dead, their chromosomes irreversibly damaged.

And so the countdown begins.

Parents apprentice their children and try to pass on the knowledge they'll need to keep the world running.

But the last generation may not want to carry the legacy of their parents' world. And though they imagine a better, brighter future, they may not be able to escape humanity's dark instincts...
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Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Reissue
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781800248960
ISBN 10:   1800248962
Pages:   448
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Cixin Liu is China's #1 SF writer and author of The Three-Body Problem - the first ever translated novel to win a Hugo Award. Prior to becoming a writer, Liu worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan.

Reviews for The Supernova Era

'A unique blend of scientific and philosophical speculation, politics and history, conspiracy theory and cosmology' -- George RR Martin 'A marvellous melange of awe-inspiring scientific concepts, clever plotting and quirky yet plausible characters' * TLS * 'Wildly imaginative, really interesting ... The scope of it was immense' -- Barack Obama 'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' * New Yorker * 'A milestone in Chinese science fiction' * New York Times *

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