Alien Clay is a thrilling far-future adventure by acclaimed Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky.
The planet of Kiln is where the tyrannical Mandate keeps its prison colony, and for inmates the journey there is always a one-way trip. One such prisoner is Professor Arton Daghdev, xeno-ecologist and political dissident. Soon after arrival he discovers that Kiln has a secret. Humanity is not the first intelligent life to set foot there.
In the midst a ravenous, chaotic ecosystem are the ruins of a civilization, but who were the vanished builders and where did they go? If he can survive both the harsh rule of the camp commandant and the alien horrors of the world around him, then Arton has a chance at making a discovery that might just transform not only Kiln but distant Earth as well.
Praise for Adrian Tchaikovsky:
‘Brilliant science fiction and far-out world-building’ – James McAvoy
‘One of the most interesting and accomplished writers in speculative fiction’ – Christopher Paolini
‘Tchaikovsky’s world-building is some of the best in modern sci-fi’ – New Scientist
Adrian Tchaikovsky: king of the spiders, master world-builder and asker of intriguing questions. His books are packed with thought-provoking ideas (as well as lots of spiders; did I mention the spiders?). One of the most interesting and accomplished writers in speculative fiction
[Adrian Tchaikovsky] writes incredibly enjoyable sci-fi, full of life and ideas
A thoughtful, sweeping space adventure
SFX Magazine on Shards of Earth