• by Charles Sheffield
  • Narrated by Gary Dikeos
  • 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It’s 2026, and catastrophe has struck from an unexpected source. The Alpha Centauri supernova has risen like a second sun, rushing Earth toward its last summer. Floods, fires, starvation, and disease paralyze the planet. In a blue aurora flash of gamma rays, all microchips worldwide are destroyed, leaving an already devastated Earth without communications, transportation, weaponry, or medicine.
The disaster sets three groups of survivors on separate quests. A militant cult seizes the opportunity to free their leader, known as the Eye of God, from the long-term coma to which a court sentenced her. Three cancer patients also search for a man in judicial sleep: the brilliant scientist - and monstrous criminal - who alone can continue the experimental treatment that keeps them alive. From a far greater distance come the survivors of the first manned Mars expedition, struggling homeward to a world that has changed far beyond their darkest fears. And standing at the crossroads is one man, U.S. President Saul Steinmetz, who faces a crucial decision that will affect the fate of his own people - and the world.


What the Critics Say

"Charles Sheffield is one of the very best hard science fiction writers in the world." (Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy)
"Sheffield clothes the most advanced speculations of modern science in alluring forms of beauty and danger." (Washington Post Book World)


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Customer Reviews

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Couldnt get on with the Narrator

Good story, I enjoyed it as far as I could and may go back and finish, but I have given up for the moment as the Narrator is grating a little. The female falsetto voice and the just too gravelly male voices are starting to detract too much from what's actually going on for me. Australian accent best not mentioned! I think I will finish this but the narration is putting off listening to this is one go, I need a break then come back to it. Sorry to join the band wagon but Narrator really is not the best :/
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- Martin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.