10 Years To the End of Humanity. Revealing Permafrost, a New Novella From Alastair Reynolds

Fix the past. Save the present. Stop the future.

2080: at a remote site on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a group of scientists, engineers and physicians gather to gamble humanity’s future on one last-ditch experiment. Their goal: to make a tiny alteration to the past, averting a global catastrophe while at the same time leaving recorded history intact. To make the experiment work, they just need one last recruit: an aging schoolteacher whose late mother was the foremost expert on the mathematics of paradox.

2028: a young woman goes into surgery for routine brain surgery. In the days following her operation, she begins to hear another voice in her head… an unwanted presence which seems to have a will, and a purpose, all of its own—one that will disrupt her life entirely. The only choice left to her is a simple one.

Does she resist … or become a collaborator?

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce the acquisition of Permafrost.

Said acquiring editor Jonathan Strahan:

Alastair Reynolds exploded onto the science fiction scene in 2000 with his stunning space opera, Revelation Space, and has become one of the most important and respected science fiction writers working today. I have loved his work since I read the opening pages of Revelation Space. His science fiction is always smart and engaging, thoughtful but enormously entertaining, and he has a special knack for writing outstanding novellas. Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days, The Six Directions of Space, The Iron Tactician, and Slow Bullets (Hugo-nominated) are all classics of the form.I was lucky enough to work on Al’s Hugo nominated novella “Troika”, which is a long-time favourite of mine. I’m incredibly excited to be part of the Tor.com Publishing team that’s bringing his latest, Permafrost, to his readers around the world. I love the story and I can’t wait to hear what readers think when they get to meet Tatiana, Valentina, the Brothers, and find out what’s happening in the Permafrost project.

Said the author:

I’m thrilled to have this chance to work with Tor.com Publishing on a novella. This story—or at least the bare bones of it—has been rattling around in my head for a few years now, and I always suspected it would need to be explored across the length and breadth of a novella. Although the form can be daunting, sometimes requiring an input of time and effort almost equal to a full-length novel—or so it seems to me—there’s no doubt that there’s something particularly well-suited to the novella when it comes to science fiction: almost the perfect marriage of form and function.

ALASTAIR REYNOLDS was born in Wales in 1966. He has a Ph.D. in astronomy. From 1991 until 2007, he lived in The Netherlands, where he was employed by The European Space Agency as an astrophysicist. He is now a full-time writer.

Permafrost unfolds on March 19, 2019.


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