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It's obvious that Welsh science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds -- a former astrophysicist with the European Space Agency -- likes to think big. Pushing Ice is a mind-blowing epic across time and space in which the crew of a mining ship is given a seemingly impossible task -- to catch up with a massive alien artifact speeding out of the solar system and somehow unlock its secrets before they're forced to return home.
When Bella Lind, captain of the Rockhopper, receives news that one of Saturn's moons has inexplicably broken free from its orbit and has begun to leave the system, her ship is the only vessel close enough to investigate the anomaly before the satellite disappears forever. After Lind reluctantly agrees to head the dangerous mission, she and her crew race to catch up with the hurtling moon, only to witness it shed its layers of dirt and ice to reveal a huge alien relic underneath. But as the artifact picks up speed and heads toward a destination 260 light-years from home, the Rockhopper is caught in its slipstream, and with no choice left but to follow, the crew of the mining ship must somehow find a way to survive the journey…
Like Reynolds's previous novels (Revelation Space, Redemption Ark, Absulution Gap, et al.), Pushing Ice is an ambitious, visionary, and definitively epic hard science fiction tour de force comparable to works from genre legends like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Frederik Pohl. This breathtakingly vast study of a microcosmic humanity faced with survival against impossible odds is both heartrending and inspiring. Paul Goat Allen