Empress of the Sun (Hardcover)

By Ian McDonald

Pyr, 9781616148652, 288pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2014



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 the"Everness"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 McDonaldis the author of"Planesrunner "and"Be My Enemy," the first two books of the Everness series. He has written thirteen science fiction novels--including the 2011 John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner for Best Novel, "The Dervish House"--and has lost count of the number of stories. He's been nominated for every major science fiction award, and even won some. McDonald also works in television and in program development--all those reality shows have to come from somewhere--and has written for screen as well as print. He lives in Northern Ireland, just outside Belfast, and loves to travel."

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