Pushing Ice - Alastair Reynolds

Pushing Ice

By Alastair Reynolds

  • Release Date: 2020-04-21
  • Genre: High Tech
Score: 4
4
From 48 Ratings

Description

Pushing Ice is the brilliant tale of extraordinary aliens, glittering technologies, and sweeping space opera from award-winning science fiction author Alastair Reynolds.
2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it.
The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed. As layers of camouflage fall away, it becomes clear that Janus was never a moon in the first place. It's some kind of machine -- and it is now headed toward a fuzzily glimpsed artifact 260 light-years away.
The Rockhopper is the only ship anywhere near Janus, and Bella Lind is ordered to shadow it for the few vital days before it falls forever out of reach. In accepting this mission, she sets her ship and her crew on a collision course with destiny -- for Janus has more surprises in store, and not all of them are welcome.

Reviews

  • Needs a sequel

    4
    By Loopless
    I have to say what is with all the references cigarette smoking... on spaceships? Is this 1960? I can’t imagine anything more unsafe and ridiculous and it seems absurd and out of place. Still it’s a great story and good hard sci-fi with some good tech ideas which is sadly missing these days. Clearly there should be a sequel. The ending leaves us all wondering what happens next to the two main protagonists.