Janet Kellough is an author and storyteller who has written and performed in numerous stage productions that feature a fusion of spoken word and music. Her published works include The Thaddeus Lewis Mystery Series (On the Head of a Pin, Sowing Poison, 47 Sorrows, The Burying Ground, Wishful Seeing and The Heart Balm Tort); two contemporary novels The Palace of the Moon and The Pear Shaped Woman; and the semi-non-fictional Legendary Guide to Prince Edward County. Janet lives in rural Ontario, Canada with a husband, miscellaneous critters and thousands of red cedar trees.
What would happen if the world were ending?
A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.
But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . .
Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown . . . to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.
A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.