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Percival's Planet

(2010)
(The Unfixed Stars)
A novel by

 
A novel of ambition and obsession centered on the race to discover Pluto in 1930, pitting an untrained Kansas farm boy against the greatest minds of Harvard at the run-down Lowell Observatory in Arizona

In 1928, the boy who will discover Pluto, Clyde Tombaugh, is on the family farm, grinding a lens for his own telescope under the immense Kansas sky. In Flagstaff, Arizona, the staff of Lowell Observatory is about to resume the late Percival Lowell's interrupted search for Planet X. Meanwhile, the immensely rich heir to a chemical fortune has decided to go west to hunt for dinosaurs and in Cambridge, Massachussetts, the most beautiful girl in America is going slowly insane while her ex-heavyweight champion boyfriend stands by helplessly, desperate to do anything to keep her. Inspired by the true story of Tombaugh and set in the last gin-soaked months of the flapper era, Percival's Planet tells the story of the intertwining lives of half a dozen dreamers, schemers, and madmen. Following Tombaugh's unlikely path from son of a farmer to discoverer of a planet, the novel touches on insanity, mathematics, music, astrophysics, boxing, dinosaur hunting, shipwrecks - and what happens when the greatest romance of your life is also the source of your life's greatest sorrow.

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Hardback Editions

August 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-8050-9218-8 / 978-0-8050-9218-9 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Unfixed Stars
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ISBN: 0-330-51340-0 / 978-0-330-51340-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 0-312-57356-1 / 978-0-312-57356-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Unfixed Stars
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 0-330-51381-8 / 978-0-330-51381-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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July 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Unfixed Stars
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 0-330-51394-X / 978-0-330-51394-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

August 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 1-4001-1841-7 / 978-1-4001-1841-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media
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August 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 1-4001-4841-3 / 978-1-4001-4841-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media
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August 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Byers
ISBN: 1-4001-6841-4 / 978-1-4001-6841-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Media
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Kindle Editions

August 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Unfixed Stars
Author(s): Michael Byers
Publisher: Picador
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August 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Percival's Planet: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Byers
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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