Perihelion Summer

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Tom Doherty Associates, Apr 16, 2019 - Fiction - 208 pages

Greg Egan's Perihelion Summer is a story of people struggling to adapt to a suddenly alien environment, and the friendships and alliances they forge as they try to find their way in a world where the old maps have lost their meaning.

Taraxippus is coming: a black hole one tenth the mass of the sun is about to enter the solar system.

Matt and his friends are taking no chances. They board a mobile aquaculture rig, the Mandjet, self-sustaining in food, power and fresh water, and decide to sit out the encounter off-shore. As Taraxippus draws nearer, new observations throw the original predictions for its trajectory into doubt, and by the time it leaves the solar system, the conditions of life across the globe will be changed forever.

Praise for Perihelion Summer

“Egan here doubles down on climate change with his typically rigorous exploration of a cosmic accident’s effect on Earth and all its people. His characters are sharp and funny and their courageous response to the massive challenge they face works as a spur to cause us to think—why couldn’t we do as well with our own great challenge? This is what the best science fiction can do that no other genre can, and we need it now more than ever. Bravo!” — Kim Stanley Robinson

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User Review  - jakecasella - LibraryThing

Very nice novella. Explores global warming with an interesting twist—cosmic event changes Earth's orbital mechanics slightly, leading to huge changes. The framing lets Egan think about the necessity ... Read full review

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User Review  - capewood - LibraryThing

So what happens to the world when a pair of small black holes smashes through the solar system? Luckily they didn't hit anything (there's a lot of empty space in the solar system) but that doesn't ... Read full review

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GREG EGAN is a computer programmer, and the author of many acclaimed science fiction novels. He has won the Hugo Award as well as the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Egan’s short fiction has been published in a variety of places, including Interzone, Asimov’s, Nature, and Tor.com. Dichronauts is the first novel in a new science fiction universe. He lives in Australia.

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