Humanity reached for the stars, reshaping planets to into new Earths, then fell, collapsing into a war that buried their original world in a new dark age. In our absence, misfired experiments on the planets we had touched lead to a strange new intelligence. When the distant descendants of the terraformers abandon Earth, following the maps of their forebears to a new home, they find a world already claimed. Contains spiders!
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Who will inherit this new Earth?
The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life.
But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare.
Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?
Arthur C Clarke Award (2016)
Children of Time has been published internationally in Spanish, Polish, Czech, German, Romanian, French, Hungarian, Georgian, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Turkish, Serbian, Chinese, Latvian, Thai, and Croat and translations into more languages are expected between 2022-2024
The sequel to Children of Time, the award-winning novel of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet, Children of Ruin.
Thousands of years ago, Earth's terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life - but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity's great empire fell, and the program's decisions were lost to time.
Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth.
But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed.
And it's been waiting for them.
Children of Ruin has been published in Czech, Hungarian, German, French, Italian, Romanian, Croat, Serbian, and translations into more languages are expected from 2022-2024.
British Science Fiction Award (2019)
The follow-up novel to Children of Time and Children of Ruin
When Earth failed, it sent out arkships to establish new outposts. So the spaceship Enkidu and its captain, Heorest Holt, carried its precious human cargo to a potential new paradise. Generations later, this fragile colony has managed to survive on Imir, eking out a hardy existence. Yet life is tough, and much technological knowledge has been lost.
Then strangers appear, on a world where everyone knows their neighbour. They possess unparalleled knowledge and thrilling new technology – for they have come from the stars, to help humanity’s lost colonies. But not all is as it seems on Imir.
As the visitors lose track of time and memories, they discover the colonists fear unknown enemies and Imir’s own murky history. Neighbour turns against neighbour, as society fractures in the face of this terrifying foe. Perhaps some other intelligence is at work, toying with colonists and space-faring scientists alike? But not all questions are so easily answered – and the price may be the colony itself.
Children of Memory is a far-reaching space opera spanning generations, species and galaxies.