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World Engines

(2019)
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In the year 2570, a sleeper will wake . . .

In the mid-21st century, the Kernel, a strange object on a five-hundred-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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Title: World Engines: Destroyer
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ISBN: 1-4732-2317-2 / 978-1-4732-2317-2 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

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
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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