In the aftermath of an interstellar war an enigmatic star is discovered, travelling towards the Solar System from the galactic core. Its appearance adds a new and dangerous factor in the turbulent politics of the inhabited worlds as the rival factions – the power-holders of the ReUnited Nations, the rebels who secretly oppose their power, and the Religious Witnesses – all see advantages to be gained.
But what awesome technology started the star on its journey half a million years ago – and why?
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BSFA AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL and THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD
'McAuley matches the best of his American rivals in zest and scope' --- The Guardian
'Panoramic, far-reaching ... A remarkable performance.' --- Kirkus Reviews
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