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Lockstep

(2014)
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When 17-year-old Toby McGonigal finds himself lost in space, separated from his family, he expects his next drift into cold sleep to be his last. After all, the planet he' s orbiting is frozen and sunless, and the cities are dead. But when Toby wakes again, he' s surprised to discover a thriving planet, a strange and prosperous galaxy, and something stranger still - that he' s been asleep for 14,000 years.

Welcome to the Lockstep Empire, where civilization is kept alive by careful hibernation. Here cold sleeps can last decades and waking moments mere weeks. Its citizens survive for milennia, traveling asleep on long voyages between worlds. Not only is Lockstep the new center of the galaxy, but Toby is shocked to learn that the Empire is still ruled by its founding family: his own.

Toby's brother Peter has become a terrible tyrant. Suspicious of the return of his long-lost brother, whose rightful inheritance also controls the lockstep hibernation cycles, Peter sees Toby as a threat to his regime. Now, with the help of a Lockstep girl named Corva, Toby must survive the forces of this new Empire, outwit his siblings, and save human civilization. Karl Schroeder's Lockstep is a grand innovation in hard SF space opera.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Schroeder has the rare and invaluable ability tp develop wholly new concepts and turn them into compelling narratives." - Stephen Baxter


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Used availability for Karl Schroeder's Lockstep

Hardback Editions

March 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lockstep: A Novel
Author(s): Karl Schroeder
ISBN: 0-7653-3726-6 / 978-0-7653-3726-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lockstep: A Novel
Author(s): Karl Schroeder
ISBN: 0-7653-3727-4 / 978-0-7653-3727-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Audio Editions

March 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lockstep
Author(s): Karl Schroeder
Publisher: Recorded Books
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March 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lockstep
Author(s): Karl Schroeder
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

March 2014 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lockstep: A Novel
Author(s): Karl Schroeder
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU