World Engines: Destroyer

World Engines: Destroyer

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Released September 19, 2019
ISBN 978-1473223172

£25.00

In the year 2570, a sleeper will wake . . .


In the mid-21st century, the Kernel, a strange object on a five-hundred-year-orbit, is detected coming from high above the plane of the solar system. Could it be an alien artefact? In the middle of climate-change crises, there is no mood for space-exploration stunts - but Reid Malenfant, elderly, once a shuttle pilot and frustrated would-be asteroid miner, decides to go take a look anyway. Nothing more is heard of him. But his ex-wife, Emma Stoney, sets up a trust fund to search for him the next time the Kernel returns . . .


By 2570 Earth is transformed. A mere billion people are supported by advanced technology on a world that is almost indistinguishable from the natural, with recovered forests, oceans, ice caps. It is not an age for expansion; there are only small science bases beyond the Earth. But this is a world you would want to live in: a Star Trek without the stars.


After 500 years the Kernel returns, and a descendant of Stoney, who Malenfant will call Emma II, mounts a mission to see what became of Malenfant. She finds him still alive, cryo-preserved . . . His culture-shock encounter with a conservative future is entertaining . . . But the Kernel itself turns out to be attached to a kind of wormhole, through which Malenfant and Emma II, exploring further, plummet back in time, across five billion years . . .

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Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter was born in Liverpool, England, in 1957 and now lives in Northumberland. Since 1987, he has published somewhere over forty books, mostly science fiction novels, and over a hundred short stories.

Stephen holds degrees in mathematics, from Cambridge University, engineering, from Southampton University, and in business administration, from Henley Management College. He worked as a teacher of maths and physics, and for several years in information technology. Today, he is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society.

His first professionally published short story appeared in 1987, and his first novel, in 1991, becoming a full-time author in 1995. He is also a President of the British Science Fiction Association, and a Vice-President of the HG Wells Society.

Voyage was dramatised by Audio Movies for BBC Radio and broadcast in 1999.

Baxter's TV and movie work includes development work on the BBC's Invasion: Earth, broadcast in April-May 1998, and the script for Episode 3 of Space Island One, broadcast on Sky One on 21 January 1998.

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