UPCOMING READS: Fractal Noise (a Fractalverse novel) by Christopher Paolini

(image courtesy Ufuk Kaya and Tor Publishing Group via Gizmodo)

July 25th, 2234: The crew of the Adamura discovers the Anomaly.

On the seemingly uninhabited planet Talos VII:a circular pit, 50 kilometers wide.

Its curve not of nature, but design.

Now, a small team must land and journey on foot across the surface to learn who built the hole and why.

But they all carry the burdens of lives carved out on disparate colonies in the cruel cold of space.

For some the mission is the dream of the lifetime, for others a risk not worth taking, and for one it is a desperate attempt to find meaning in an uncaring universe.

Each step they take toward the mysterious abyss is more punishing than the last.

And the ghosts of their past follow. (courtesy Gizmodo)

(courtesy Paolini.net (c) Lo Hunter)

Embarking on a new sci-fi series, especially when your TBR is so big and vast that it resembles the Himalayas in height and length, can be an intimidating thing.

You want to read the first story because it sounds so damn good but the idea of being committed to however many novels follow, or will follow if the series is in its infancy, may put you off.

However, when you read a statement by the publisher (via Gizmodo), in this case Tor, that the next book by Christopher Paolini is “a fantastic entry point into the Fractalverse, but will also delight existing fans” you are reassured that you can jump into it unencumbered by the need for any prior knowledge (but, of course, having loved it, the urge to read the previous book in the Fractalverse series, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars will, no doubt be profound.)

Thankfully, if you have a thousand other books to read right now, and good luck to you I feel your excited pain, Fractal Noise doesn’t hit bookshelves until 16 May 2023.

To sample it ahead of time, go to Gizmodo where you can read an excerpt of the book.

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