Seveneves : [a novel] / Neal Stephenson.

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    • Edition:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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.
    • Notes:
      Illustrations also on lining pages.
      Subtitle from dust jacket.
    • Other Titles:
      Seven eves. 7 eves.
    • ISBN:
      9780062190376
      0062190377
      9780062396075
      0062396072
    • OCLC:
      ocn884539342
      884539342
    • Accession Number:
      fay.469173

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2015 April #1

Stephenson's new novel begins with the moon exploding. But if you're looking for B-movie-style sf schlock, that is where the pulp in this painstakingly realistic epic begins and ends. Once the seven new massive chunks of lunar material that were our moon settle around their center of gravity, textbook astrophysics takes over as humanity tries to figure out what happens next. But this is astrophysics explained and performed by one of the most realistic and relatable casts of characters in eschatological narrative history. Should you find yourself reading Stephenson's epic in public, absorbed in the deeply technical and emotional unfolding of Earth's fate, prepare yourself for your own surprise as you look up to find everyone in the cafe going about their lives as if everything is just as normal as it was the day before. This brilliant piecebook will crush you like a crumbling mountain for most of the hours you spend on its nearly 1,000 pages before it launches into strangely cathartic visions of the far future for its finale. Well-paced over three parts covering 5,000 years of humanity's future, Stephenson's monster of a book is likely to dominate your 2015 sf-reading experience.High-Demand Backstory:This author is huge news these days, and his latest opus will be eagerly sought in the public library. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2014 December #1

For once, nations 'round the world are cooperating; postapocalypse, they must find a way to assure humanity's survival in outer space. After 5000 years out there somewhere, humans now number three billion, and they're about to launch another daring journey—back to the mysterious planet their forebears called home. Another epic from the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of Anatham, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon.

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LJ Reviews 2015 April #2

After the moon is destroyed by a mysterious force, humanity faces the terrible knowledge that life on Earth is doomed. The countdown to the planet's annihilation in a hail of debris known as the "hard rain" is spent on a huge initiative to launch as many people into space as possible, building a community of small arklets around the fragile bulk of the International Space Station. The few chosen for the program will need to find a way to survive the roughly 5,000 years it will take for Earth to cool and become habitable again. VERDICT The huge scope and enormous depth of the latest novel from Stephenson (Reamde; Snow Crash) is impressive even from an author known for wallowing in the details. Divided roughly into thirds, the narrative never fails to carry readers through the author's sometimes unfortunate habit of leaving all his research on the page, a quibble about a major work of hard sf that all fans of the genre should read—just set aside a good chunk of time. [See Prepub Alert, 11/24/14.]

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PW Reviews 2015 March #2

Stephenson's remarkable novel is deceptively complex, a disaster story and transhumanism tale that serves as the delivery mechanism for a series of technical and sociological visions. When the moon explodes, it doesn't take long for scientists (including Doc "Doob" Dubois, who bears no small resemblance to Neil DeGrasse Tyson) to realize that the debris will soon cause the destruction of Earth. The residents of the International Space Station, including roboticist Dinah MacQuarie and commander Ivy Xiao, immediately begin working with their colleagues on Earth to turn the ISS into a viable habitat for as many people as possible. The next two years are filled with heroic sacrifices, political upheavals, and disasters, most of which are only exacerbated when Earth finally succumbs to the "Hard Rain," meteorite bombardment that last for millennia. The survivors—seven fertile women—are destined to repopulate the human race, and it's only here, over halfway through the story, that Stephenson (the Baroque Cycle) really shows his hand, moving ahead 5,000 years to explore the moral and political implications of the earlier events. There's a ton to digest, but Stephenson's lucid prose makes it worth the while. Agent: Liz Darhansoff, Darhansoff and Verrill. (May)

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