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The Supernova Era
22 Oct 2019 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781788542418

When radiation from a supernova kills all the adults, the children become divided: some forge an imitation of the previous society; the others devolve into savagery and violence.

Fiction / FL (Science Fiction)
Extent: 352 pages
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The Supernova EraCixin Liu, translated by Joel Martinsen

'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...

'China's answer to Arthur C. Clarke' THE NEW YORKER.

'Wildly imaginative, really interesting ... The scope of it was immense' BARACK OBAMA.

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.

From the author of the Hugo-award winning THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM.

250,000 copies sold of THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM TRILOGY.

MARKET: SF greats in the tradition of Asimov and Clark.


'Enthralling ... This novel has the same studiously well-thought-out plot and situation, the same attention to detail and a similar holistic outlook as the 'Three Body' books ... Their personal journeys against the backdrop of huge social revolutions are touching and endlessly intriguing', SFcrowsnest

'A masterful opening sequence ... Liu is superb at creating drama from technical description', Guardian

'So absorbing ... Liu is particularly good at evoking the short-term loss, loneliness and panic ... He thin-slices the start of Supernova Era into tense minutes ... An extraordinary novel ... Continually thrilling, engaging and thought-provoking', South China Morning Post

'A fascinating new novel from Cixin Liu, which has been described as The Lord of the Flies as written by fantasy great Ursula Le Guin', Herald Sun (Australia)

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