Children of Ruin follows Adrian Tchaikovsky’s odd Children of Time, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award. It’s set in the similar universe, with a new cast of characters and a thrilling new narrative.
It has been waiting through the ages.
Now it is time . . .
Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took to the stars. At the world they referred to as Nod, scientists found out alien life – but it surely was once 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 looking forward to them.