by NEAL ASHER
During a war between two planets in the same solar system -- each occupied by adapted humans -- what is thought to be a cosmic superstring is discovered.
After being cut, this object collapses into four cylindrical pieces, each about the size of a tube train.
Each is densely packed with either alien technology or some kind of life.
They are placed for safety in three ozark cylinders of a massively secure space station.
There a female research scientist subsequently falls pregnant, and gives birth to quads.
Then she commits suicide -- but why? By the end of the war one of the contesting planets has been devastated by the hilldiggers -- giant space dreadnoughts employing weapons capable of creating mountain ranges.
The quads have meanwhile grown up and are assuming positions of power in the post-war society.
One of them will eventually gain control of the awesome hilldiggers ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/09/2011
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780330528474
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