Hilldiggers: A Novel of the Polity

Hilldiggers: A Novel of the Polity

by Neal Asher

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During a war between two planets in the same solar system - each occupied by adapted humans - what is thought to be a cosmic superstring is discovered. After being cut, this object collapses into four cylindrical pieces, each about the size of a tube train. Each is densely packed with either alien technology or some kind of life. They are placed for safety in three ozark cylinders of a massively secure space station. There a female research scientist subsequently falls pregnant, and gives birth to quads. Then she commits suicide - but why? By the end of the war one of the contesting planets has been devastated by the hilldiggers - giant space dreadnoughts employing weapons capable of creating mountain ranges. The quads have meanwhile grown up and are assuming positions of power in the post-war society. One of them will eventually gain control of the awesome hilldiggers . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597805179
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Publication date: 11/08/2013
Series: Polity Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 492
Sales rank: 259,416
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Neal Asher was born in Billericay, Essex, and divides his time between there and Crete.

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Hilldiggers: A Novel of the Polity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, amazing work from Mr. Asher.
MikeFarquhar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hilldiggers by Neal Asher is the latest addition to Asher's Polity books. This one is a relatively stand-alone one, as an Old Captain from Spatterjay (from some of Asher's previous books) is sent by one of the Polity AIs to handle First (re)Contact with a human civilisation on the Line, formed from a lost colony ship generations previously which had splintered into two and have just concluded a brutal war against each other. The complicating factor is the presence of an alien entity called the Worm which has been imprisoned by one of the two splinter colony societies, and has been subtly, and not so subtly, influencing events.As with most of Asher's fiction, Hilldiggers bowls along happily with a tightly controlled narrative fleshed out with his usual mix of characters that hold your interest and random SF ideas thrown in for good measure. This suffers sightly from being a little pedestrian for him (the twin planet set up with one dry, hot and arid, and the other wet and green, verges somewhat on the simplistic Star Trek approach to planetary ecologies; and the major plot twists are all telegraphed well in advance), but it's an enjoyable read nonetheless. My major gripe is that it's NOT the continuation of the main Polity story last seen in Polity Agent for which I'm still having to wait. Still, he writes quickly...
lewispike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I feel a bit let down by the end of this book - the first 90% was excellent with two different, modified, human stocks from the same ship but on different planets in the same solar system having been at war, but now at (uneasy) peace and in a tentative contact with the polity situation.The cultures were interesting, and well drawn in and plausible, always good. The steps to make sure both were explored were well handled and didn't scream of plot device too loudly.Finding a Hooper/Old Captain who has vulnerabilities was interesting. Even if it felt a little contrived, it added to the story from time to time.But the end was... bleuh. All the tension got solved in double quick time with no obvious trigger, and was allowed to just dissipate in a most unsatisfactory fashion. Rather than a climax, or a denial of climax, it was all a damp squib at the end.If it hadn't have ended this way, this might have got 5 stars, but the end really was that poor IMO.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting plot but just too strange