- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Tor (5 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230748775
- ISBN-13: 978-0230748774
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Final Days Hardcover – 5 Aug 2011
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Following this, he worked as a graphic designer for a printing firm that turned out to be run by a gang of convicted forgers, hastening his departure, and then for a small publishing company otherwise notable only for producing a Freddie Mercury impersonator well-known on the Scottish cabaret circuit. Until recently he resided in Taipei with his wife, and is pleased to say that the only lunatic he has to answer to these days is himself.
He has a blog at www.garygibson.net.
`Kicking off a promising new series, Gibson handles a big plot with some aplomb.'
'High-octane action, terrific future tech and a superbly imagined alien civilisation help to make this a page-turning belter from one of our best exponents of hardcore SF adventure' --Daily Mail
'Handles a big plot with some aplomb' --BBC Focus
It’s 2235 and through the advent of wormhole technology more than a dozen interstellar colonies have been linked to Earth. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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The story is set in 2235. The key premise of the tale is that wormholes, if one end is accelerated to relativistic speeds, can allow people to travel hundreds of light years quickly. People who travel outside the gate can eventually catch up with the people who have travelled through the gate but only by travelling at standard speeds. Thus we appear to travel in time, with those going through the wormholes able to travel into the future, so to speak.
We start the novel with an expedition. One of the things that wormhole travel has allowed humans to do is explore places far from Earth. There are relics out in the universe of other races, though seemingly long gone, which are being carefully explored. When an expedition is sent to Vault 17 in Gate Delta, a now-deserted Gateway of wormholes, Jeff Cairns sees two of their members seemingly killed, but then, moments later, one of them, Mitchell Stone, re-appears.
This is one of many mysteries the wormholes seem to have. On Earth, the loss of a wormhole connection to the Galileo colony a few years back, for reasons unknown, is another that has become a concern. The two places have yet to be re-connected (and as time goes on may or may not be due to what is happening on Earth.) Saul Dumont knows this better than anyone. He's still trying to cope with the loss of the wormhole link to the Galileo system, which has stranded him on Earth far from his wife and child for the past several years.Read more ›
The wormholes, then, cross great swathes of space but they can also travel through time. Much of mankind, though, is being kept from the full knowledge of the networks and the alien Founders. Another secret expedition into the near future of Luna (the moon) reveals a devastated solar system, with only one human being surviving - Mitchell Stone preserved in a cryogenics lab. He is returned to earth, as is video revealing the final days of Earth, in the process of destruction by enormous growths towering from the oceans.
Saul Dumont knows all too well the power of the wormholes. His wife and daughter are stranded on the distant planet of Galileo, the wormhole having malfunctioned. While he waits for another wormhole to be connected, ten years on and in just a matter of weeks, he uncovers the truth that the government does not want him or anyone else to know - the truth of the imminent final days of Earth.
Through the novel we follow Saul and a number of other individuals who all know more than they should.Read more ›
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In the company of Asimov and Clarke my new favourite, Gibson. Well crafted, thoroughly terrifying vision of a possible future, hinting at humanity's potential and applauding our... Read morePublished 7 months ago by R. R. Bastin
Very enjoyable! The first novel I have read by Gary Gibson and it will not be the last.Published 14 months ago by Keith Anthony
What ruined this book for me was the time-travel-by-wormhole stuff. I am not by any means a physics expert, but I just couldn't suspend my disbelief. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Darryl Godfrey
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This novel has a straightforward style and the story moves along quite briskly. There's a lot of action, and although not brilliantly described, this novel was better than many... Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2013 by Kublai
Gary Gibson is starting to get into the habit of creating awe inspiring futuristic settings and vast star-spanning societies... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2013 by GazGroarke
Couldnt put this down till I finished it. The first but not the last Gary Gibson book I will read.Published on 3 Jan. 2013 by Stuart Burton