Children of Ruin
It has been waiting through the ages.
Now it's time . . .
Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life – but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity’s great empire fell, and the program’s decisions were lost to time.
Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth.
But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed.
And it’s been waiting for them.
Children of Ruin follows the author's Children of Time, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award. It is set in the same universe, with a new cast of characters.
In the media
Brilliant science fiction and far-out world-building
James McAvoy on Children of Time
A refreshing new take on post-dystopia civilizations, with the smartest evolutionary world-building you’ll ever read
Peter F. Hamilton on Children of Time
Children of Time is a joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human
Patrick Ness on Children of Time
This is superior stuff, tackling big themes – gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness – with brio
Financial Times on Children of Time