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The Landing

Mary Gentle

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The BSFA award-winning author of Ash returns with her first novel for ten years. Smart, funny, filled with heart and big ideas, this is an epic science fiction novel about first contact and asks what exactly humanity might do when faced with the unknowable

Aeris Warren-Finch is NASA's Acting Director of the New Earth Object Lab, overseeing the transit of a large unidentified object past Earth's orbit. She's trained and worked all her life for this. She couldn't be more ready.

But the object changes trajectory. What was one object becomes three, seven, nineteen. Nineteen different modules land across the planet.

When the nearest module creates a dome and leaves Aeris stranded within its confines, she's left to wander in search of safety. But things are stranger than she could have guessed, and she soon discovers she's not the only one wandering the alien landscapes under the domes.

Alongside her 106-year-old grandmother, a displaced imam, the President of the United States and her bodyguard, Aeris must find a way home before they run out of water, food and ideas.

The question is: when every direction reveals new and strange geographies, which way is the right way to go?

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Praise for The Landing

  • A stunning book -- it left me overwhelmed - SF Site on Ash: A Secret History

  • An immense, epic story of science, history, love, war and family spanning centuries and realities . . . A superior work of speculative fiction - The Wertzone on Ash: A Secret History

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