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Destroyer

(2019)
(The first book in the World Engines series)
A novel by

 
 
In the year 2570, a sleeper will wake....

In the mid-21st century, the Kernel, a strange object on a 500-year-orbit, is detected coming from high above the plane of the solar system. Could it be an alien artefact?

In the middle of climate-change crises, there is no mood for space-exploration stunts - but Reid Malenfant, elderly, once a shuttle pilot and frustrated would-be asteroid miner, decides to go take a look anyway. Nothing more is heard of him. But his ex-wife, Emma Stoney, sets up a trust fund to search for him the next time the Kernel returns....

By 2570 Earth is transformed. A mere billion people are supported by advanced technology on a world that is almost indistinguishable from the natural, with recovered forests, oceans, ice caps. It is not an age for expansion; there are only small science bases beyond the Earth. But this is a world you would want to live in: a Star Trek without the stars.

After 500 years the Kernel returns, and a descendant of Stoney, who Malenfant will call Emma II, mounts a mission to see what became of Malenfant. She finds him still alive, cryo-preserved....

His culture-shock encounter with a conservative future is entertaining....

But the Kernel itself turns out to be attached to a kind of wormhole, through which Malenfant and Emma II, exploring further, plummet back in time, across five billion years....

Genre: Science Fiction

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Used availability for Stephen M Baxter's Destroyer

Hardback Editions

September 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: World Engines: Destroyer
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 1-4732-2317-2 / 978-1-4732-2317-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

May 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: World Engines: Destroyer
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 1-4732-2319-9 / 978-1-4732-2319-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


September 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: World Engines: Destroyer
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 1-4732-2318-0 / 978-1-4732-2318-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: World Engines: Destroyer
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon   


September 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: World Engines: Destroyer
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon AU   


September 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: World Engines: Destroyer
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2019 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: World Engines: Destroyer
Author(s): Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU