When a brilliant scientist gets a letter from herself about faster-than-light travel, she doesn't know what to believe. The equations work, but her paper is discredited - and soon the criticism is more than scientific. Exiled by the establishment, she gets an offer to build her starship from an unlikely source. But in the heights of Venus and on a planet of another star, a secret is already being uncovered that will shake humanity to its foundations.
Science fiction legend Ken MacLeod begins a new space opera trilogy by imagining humankind on the precipice of discovery - the invention of faster-than-light travel unlocks a universe of new possibilities, and new dangers.
Brimming with smart ideas and shot through with a mordant wit . . . one feels that the future of Scottish SF is in good hands
MacLeod is up there with Banks and Hamilton as one of the British sci-fi authors you absolutely have to read - SFX
Science fiction's freshest new writer . . . MacLeod is a fiercely intelligent, prodigiously well-read author who manages to fill his books with big issues without weighing them down - Salon
Prose as sleek and fast as the technology it describes . . . watch this man go global
Ken MacLeod has an enviable track record of extrapolating from current trends to produce mind-bending novels of ideas
MacLeod is putting the moral, intellectual and political seriousness of science fiction back centre stage