'The Quiet War was one of the best books McAuley
has written, and Evening's Empires makes an
excellent companion to it. These are books that, if
there is any justice, will shape the stories we tell
about our solar system for many years to come.'
SHORTLISTED FOR THE JOHN W. CAMPBELL MEMORIAL AWARD
The True Empire has fallen. The Solar System is divided into a thousand city states and petty commonwealths and kingdoms
Scientific enquiry has dwindled. Superstition drives out reason. When a mysterious signal stamps thesame brief vision in the minds of everyone alive, rival cultists claim that it foreshadows the intrusion of something inhuman, and a final war between good and evil.
Ganjananvihari Pilot, youngest son of a family of junk peddlers, escapes the hijack of his father's ship with vital secrets locked inside the head of a severed philosopher.
Sworn to find the bandits who murdered his family, accompanied by a flamboyant exile and the daughter of a mad scientist, pursued by cultists and renegades, Hari sets out on a quest across an asteroid belt crammed with the wonders and ruins of a more ambitious age.
From encounters with ancient intelligences to a secret rooted in the first days of the colonisation of the Solar System, Hari's journey may decide the answer to the most pressing question facing humanity.