From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an
exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival
spanning five thousand years.
What would happen if the world were ending?
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.
Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a work of
speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily
recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson
explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in this breathtaking saga.
Read by Mary Robinette Kowa & Will Damron
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