Seveneves, Hardback
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. President Barack Obama's summer reading choice and recently optioned by Ron Howard and IMAGINE to be made into a major motion picture.

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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 880 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780008132514



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Seveneves was disappointing for a Stephenson novel. Near-future, hard Science fiction with plenty of detail for people to consider and verify. Some of his technology is wishful thinking but that is neither here nor there. Too long by far for the story that's in it.I was wondering why I stuck with it to the end. To an extent I was giving Stephenson the opportunity to make it more interesting. Also, his writing, while not brilliant, is not off-puttingly terrible. I did want to know where he was taking the story.The underlying theme for the final parts of the book were racism, politics and diplomacy.In the earlier parts of the book someone with an interest in contemporary space travel might like the book. The story focuses very much on the International Space Station.If you want to start reading Stephenson do not start with this one.

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Well written but the narrative not as polished as some of his previous. Read like Peter Hamilton in places, and the last third lacked momentum.

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