Adam Roberts turns his attention to answering the Fermi Paradox with a taut and claustrophobic tale that echoes John Carpenter's The Thing.
Two men while away the days in an Antarctic research station. Tensions between them build as they argue over a love-letter one of them has received. One is practical and open. The other surly, superior and obsessed with reading one book - by the philosopher Kant.
As a storm brews and they lose contact with the outside world they debate Kant, reality and the emptiness of the universe. They come to hate each other, and they learn that they are not alone.
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Group, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Adam Roberts is commonly described as one of the UK's most important writers of SF. He is the author of numerous novels and literary parodies. He is Professor of 19th Century Literature at Royal Holloway, London University and has written a number of critical works on both SF and 19th Century poetry. He is a contributor to the SF ENCYCLOPEDIA.
Table of Contents
1 Thing and Sick [Unity] 1
2 Baedeker's Fermi [Plurality] 32
3 The Institute [Totality] 48
4 Penelope's Mother [Affirmation] 105
5 Broadmoor [Negation] 115
6 A Solid Gold Penny [Limitation] 139
7 Pursuit [Substance and Accident] 193
8 The Fansoc for Catching Oldfashioned Diseases [Causality] 239
9 A Dialogue in Four Parts [Community] 252
10 The Last Three Days of the Time War [Possibility and Impossibility] 280
11 Seek, and Thing [Existence and non-existence] 303
12 The Professor [Necessity] 343