Hilldiggers: A Novel of the Polity

An intriguing stand-alone novel set in Neal Asher’s Polity universe.

A negative conflict as soon as raged among the 2 rival planets inside of a far off sun method. in the middle of this cruel clash, one facet encountered a extraordinary item suspected of being a cosmic superstring. while lower, the item collapsed into 4 components, each one came across to be packed both with alien expertise or a few unknown type of lifestyles. Pending additional research, the components have been speedy encased within 4 separate garage packing containers, and despatched to a hugely safe house station in orbit.

Sometime later, whereas accomplishing learn on one of many alien entities they now name “the Worm,” a feminine scientist turns into pregnant and consequently offers beginning to quadruplets. She then inexplicably commits suicide by means of jogging without delay out into space.

The warfare used to be eventually dropped at an finish through use of latest guns bobbing up because of examine of the trojan horse. those have been hired via huge area dreadnoughts nicknamed “hilldiggers,” and their damaging strength created new mountain levels out of the vanquished planet’s terrain. 20 years after the airborne dirt and dust has settled, these 4 incredibly proficient orphaned quadruplets have grown as much as think various levels of energy and effect inside a postwar society. yet considered one of them now turns out made up our minds to realize overall keep an eye on over the lethal hilldiggers, to probably devastating effect.

An autonomous novel dependent in Neal Asher’s Polity universe, Hilldiggers is Asher in most sensible shape, with quite targeted and complicated world-building, thought-provoking political undertones, and unabashedly extreme action.

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