INTRODUCING THE THOUSAND EMPERORS AND FINAL DAYS
19 June 2012
By Louise Buckley
This month we are thrilled to be publishing THE THOUSAND EMPERORS, Gary Gibson’s latest high-octane space adventure, as well as the paperback of Gary’s last novel, FINAL DAYS.
Click here to read an extract from THE THOUSAND EMPERORS.
Set in the same world as FINAL DAYS, THE THOUSAND EMPERORS follows the story of archivist Luc Gabion, who has finally achieved his life's goal — of bringing down Winchell Antonov, head of the Black Lotus terrorist organisation, and the scourge of the Tian Di’s stellar empire for countless years.
But instead of feeling victorious, the encounter has left him scarred. Forcibly implanted with a technology far in advance of anything he's encountered before, Luc sees and hears things he knows he's not supposed to. Worse, the technology is killing him, slowly. So when he finds himself investigating the murder of one of the Tian Di’s ruling clique, the Thousand Emperors, he knows he's in real trouble. Any one of them could be the killer, and any one of them could have him put to death on a whim.
Worse, the dead man is the architect of the coming Reunification: two great civilisations, separated for centuries by old enmities, are about to reunite in a new age of peace and prosperity. But it soon becomes clear that someone out there is willing to do anything to make sure that day never comes.
For those of you that haven’t read FINAL DAYS yet, read on . . .
It’s 2235 and through the advent of wormhole technology more than a dozen interstellar colonies have been linked to Earth.
But this new mode of transportation comes at a price and there are risks. Saul Dumont knows this better than anyone. He’s still trying to cope with the loss of the wormhole link to the Galileo system, which has stranded him on Earth far from his wife and child for the past several years.
Only weeks away from the link with Galileo finally being re-established, he stumbles across a conspiracy to suppress the discovery of a second, alien network of wormholes which lead billions of years in the future. A covert expedition is sent to what is named Site 17 to investigate, but when an accident occurs and one of the expedition, Mitchell Stone, disappears – they realise that they are dealing with something far beyond their understanding.
When a second expedition travels via the wormholes to Earth in the near future of 2245 they discover a devastated, lifeless solar system - all except for one man, Mitchell Stone, recovered from an experimental cryogenics facility in the ruins of a lunar city.
Stone may be the only surviving witness to the coming destruction of the Earth. But why is he the only survivor — and once he’s brought back to the present, is there any way he and Saul can prevent the destruction that’s coming?
Praise for Gary Gibson
‘A violent, inventive, relentlessly gripping adventure’
‘High-octane action, terrific future tech and a superbly imagined alien civilisation . . . a page-turning belter’
‘Gibson has produced a seriously entertaining sci-fi page turner’