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Seveneves eBook Sampler - pages 3-108: A free excerpt from Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

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The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction.What would happen if the world were ending?When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until onl The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction.What would happen if the world were ending?When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen 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 at once extraordinary and eerily recognizable. He explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.


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The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction.What would happen if the world were ending?When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until onl The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction.What would happen if the world were ending?When a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen 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 at once extraordinary and eerily recognizable. He explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.

30 review for Seveneves eBook Sampler - pages 3-108: A free excerpt from Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Jaquinta

    I've decided I don't like "the world is about to end!" books, where the world actually ends. Although you can't have drama without dynamic tension, I've also decided I like books about the triumph of the human spirit, rather than the triumph of human pettiness and self promotion. I do realize this is self indulgent, and, as literature, the former makes for a better treatise on the human condition. The first 2/3 of the book is quite different from the last 1/3. Switching to an entirely new setting I've decided I don't like "the world is about to end!" books, where the world actually ends. Although you can't have drama without dynamic tension, I've also decided I like books about the triumph of the human spirit, rather than the triumph of human pettiness and self promotion. I do realize this is self indulgent, and, as literature, the former makes for a better treatise on the human condition. The first 2/3 of the book is quite different from the last 1/3. Switching to an entirely new setting 2/3 the way through necessitated lots of plot exposition that kind of sucked down the narrative at that point. Also there wasn't really one plot goal that connected both parts and reached a crescendo at the end. The whole might have been better as two separate books, with the last 1/3 given more things to cover, and a conclusion that felt less like a gap before a sequel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leorah

    I am amazed how well Stephenson sucked me into a believable world of incredible science and altered humanity.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aligato

    I've read many of his books now, and this was my favorite. Never been the biggest fan of his character writing, but he spent a lot of good pages in the hard sci fi realm and the plot was really compelling. I particularly enjoyed the section where humans were trying to find a stable and safe place to stay, before they reached the Cleft. I wish he'd been able to spend more time on the genetic manipulation section, but this book was already so thick and juicy I'll wait for another one from him on t I've read many of his books now, and this was my favorite. Never been the biggest fan of his character writing, but he spent a lot of good pages in the hard sci fi realm and the plot was really compelling. I particularly enjoyed the section where humans were trying to find a stable and safe place to stay, before they reached the Cleft. I wish he'd been able to spend more time on the genetic manipulation section, but this book was already so thick and juicy I'll wait for another one from him on that topic. Overall, a great read on near-Earth space and the technicalities of surviving a world-ending disaster caused by rocks in our planet's orbit.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve

    LOOOVVED this book. In quintessential Stephenson style, it takes a concept, goes incredibly deep into it with a very readable story driving it. (Personally prefer his sci-fi not alt-history stuff). The earth is going to be fried and we're all going to die. What will humanity do to ensure its survival and how will the people react in selfless sacrifice and terribly negatively in response. This is really 2 books in 1, with the second showing what happens next. Yes, you need to suspend belief and th LOOOVVED this book. In quintessential Stephenson style, it takes a concept, goes incredibly deep into it with a very readable story driving it. (Personally prefer his sci-fi not alt-history stuff). The earth is going to be fried and we're all going to die. What will humanity do to ensure its survival and how will the people react in selfless sacrifice and terribly negatively in response. This is really 2 books in 1, with the second showing what happens next. Yes, you need to suspend belief and the characters are sometimes stereotypical. But beyond that, this is a great sci-fi book. Stephenson - write more of these please!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Burnside

    Might have to pick up the full book over Christmas break.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ali Yabba

    bad.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sam Bledsoe

    Another blockbuster by Neal Stephenson-- and the best ever, I think. Enormously imaginative and thought-provoking, a wholly plausible scenario evolves as expected but contingencies intercede in creative patterns. And the entire epic changes character half way through, emphasizing human drama as intertwined with novel techno-innovation. Alive with ideas and speculative technology. Downers? Maybe just a little pedantic/verbose in places, things slow down (but watch for the bomb!), mind wanders. The Another blockbuster by Neal Stephenson-- and the best ever, I think. Enormously imaginative and thought-provoking, a wholly plausible scenario evolves as expected but contingencies intercede in creative patterns. And the entire epic changes character half way through, emphasizing human drama as intertwined with novel techno-innovation. Alive with ideas and speculative technology. Downers? Maybe just a little pedantic/verbose in places, things slow down (but watch for the bomb!), mind wanders. These are few and not all that long. Mostly things zip right along. I found it a long, satisfying fun read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rauvin

    Thoroughly enjoyed it & looking forward to the full book as soon as I get through my backlog

  9. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Brett

  10. 4 out of 5

    Iy

  11. 4 out of 5

    katie holder

  12. 4 out of 5

    Roman Valiouline

  13. 4 out of 5

    Craig Strachan

  14. 4 out of 5

    mr martin swan

  15. 5 out of 5

    Richard Williams

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daryl Henderson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Climberchris

  18. 5 out of 5

    MRS F GIBBINS

  19. 4 out of 5

    Craig

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hernan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Matija

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jon Miller

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori

  25. 4 out of 5

    Omar Diaz

  26. 5 out of 5

    Josh

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tony Jones

  28. 4 out of 5

    Carlos

  29. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eric

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