Permafrost (Paperback)

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This is a compact, brilliant diamond of a scifi read.  In a not-so-distant future, scientists are on the verge of a breakthrough that might make it possible for them to avert the environmental catastrophe that they now live in.  They have found a way to travel back in time by slipping into the consciousness of someone from the past.  This comes with several problems including convincing the ‘host’ to be a willing accomplice.  Not everything goes as planned, and there is little time to catch your breath in this fast read.  As with all time travel stories, the devil is in the details, and Reynolds demonstrate his mastery of the genre and its scientific foundation.  I promise you’ll enjoy watching the final pieces of the story fall into place, and the ending will leave you satisfied yet wanting more.

— From Matt


A 2019 Locus Award finalist
A USA Today Bestseller

Fix the past. Save the present. Stop the future. Master of science fiction Alastair Reynolds unfolds a time-traveling climate fiction adventure in Permafrost.

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 ageing 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?

About the Author

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. Alastair's books include the Revelation Space novels and Permafrost.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250303561
ISBN-10: 1250303567
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: March 19th, 2019
Pages: 176
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