Empress of the Sun

By Ian McDonald
Pyr, Hardcover, 9781616148652, 288pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

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Description

World-hopping, high-action adventure starring a smart boy with computer skills and a tough girl who pilots a blimp
 

The airship Everness makes a Heisenberg Jump to an alternate Earth unlike any her crew has ever seen. Everett, Sen, and the crew find themselves above a plain that goes on forever in every direction without any horizon. There they find an Alderson Disc, an astronomical megastructure of incredibly strong material reaching from the orbit of Mercury to the orbit of Jupiter. 

Then they meet the Jiju, the dominant species on a plane where the dinosaurs didn't die out. They evolved, diversified, and have a twenty-five million year technology head-start on humanity. War between their kingdoms is inevitable, total and terrible. 

Everness has jumped right into the midst of a faction fight between rival nations, the Fabreen and Dityu empires. The airship is attacked, but then defended by the forces of the Fabreen, who offers theEverness crew protection. But what is the true motive behind Empress Aswiu's aid? What is her price?

The crew of the Everness is divided in a very alien world, a world fast approaching the point of apocalypse.




About the Author
Ian McDonald was born in 1960 in Manchester, England, to an Irish mother and a Scottish father. He moved with his family to Northern Ireland in 1965. He used to live in a house built in the back garden of C. S. Lewis's childhood home but has since moved to central Belfast, where he now lives, exploring interests like cats, contemplative religion, bonsai, bicycles, and comic-book collecting. He debuted in 1982 with the short story "The Island of the Dead" in the short-lived British magazine "Extro". His first novel, "Desolation Road", was published in 1988. Other works include "King of Morning", " Queen of Day "(winner of the Philip K. Dick Award), "River of Gods", "The Dervish House" (both of which won British Science Fiction Association Awards), the graphic novel "Kling Klang Klatch, " and many more. His most recent publications are "Planesrunner "and "Be My Enemy", books one and two of the Everness series for younger readers (though older readers will find them a ball of fun, as well). Ian worked in television development for sixteen years, but is glad to be back to writing fulltime.



Praise For Empress of the Sun

“The marvelous Everness series takes readers to a world with highly evolved dinosaurs in this third voyage through parallel universes....  McDonald lets his imagination run rampant without abandoning credibility…. Endlessly fascinating and fun."        
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Starred reviews for Planesrunner:

"Science fiction rules in this stellar series opener about a boy who travels to parallel universes. What joy to find science fiction based on real scientific concepts.... Shining imagination, pulsing suspense, and sparkling writing make this one stand out." 
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"McDonald writes with scientific and literary sophistication, as well as a wicked sense of humor. Add nonstop action, eccentric characters, and expert universe building, and this first volume of the Everness series is a winner."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review 

Starred review for Be My Enemy:


“Smart, clever and abundantly original, with suspense that grabs your eyeballs, this is real science fiction for all ages…More! More!”
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
 

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