Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

By Chris Beckett

At the alien, sunless planet they name Eden, the 532 family members guard underneath the sunshine and heat of the Forest's lantern bushes. past the woodland lie the mountains of the Snowy darkish and a chilly so sour and an evening so profound that no guy has ever crossed it.

The Oldest one of the kin recount legends of an international the place gentle got here from the sky, the place women and men made boats that can move the celebs. those ships introduced us the following, the Oldest say--and the kinfolk needs to simply watch for the tourists to return.

But younger John Redlantern will holiday the legislation of Eden, shatter the relatives and alter historical past. he'll abandon the outdated methods, enterprise into the Dark...and detect the reality approximately their world.

Already remarkably acclaimed within the united kingdom, darkish Eden is technological know-how fiction as literature; half parable, half strong coming-of-age tale, set in a really unique alien global of darkish, sinister beauty--rendered in prose that's straight away strikingly basic and stunningly creative.

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Trillian smiled tightly. This was not going to be an easy interview. ‘Why now, Random? We haven’t seen each other more than a dozen times in the past twenty years. Why now, when my career is on the wane? ’ Random smiled again, a gentle creasing of her outdoorsy face. Her grey-streaked hair was stiff with sunshine and salt water. ‘I know it’s been a while, Mother. ’ She stroked a small ball of fur around her neck and it mewled softly. Trillian saw tiny teeth and a tail and her heart sank. ‘I’ve heard about that thing.

I get it. I see now. ’ Mk II dropped its beak slowly, crossing its wings across its breast. ‘I lived your lives with you, never knowing what was coming next. ’ ‘Now? Now I know exactly what happens. A hundred years of maintaining four Universes has depleted my power source. I only lasted this long because I periodically combined two constructs for the past virtual twenty years. Perhaps I should have thought of that sooner, but linear time is so immediate. ’ Ford’s throat was suddenly too dry and his thoughts too cohesive.

No,’ said the voice coldly. ’ More poking. ’ ‘Club Beta. That bongs a gong for some reason. ’ Ford stopped pacing. ’ ‘I will thank you,’ said The Hitchhiker’s Guide Mk II, ‘to mind your language. ’ Guide Note: This is literally true of the Cyphroles of Sesefras Magna, a gas giant in the Pleiades system. The Cyphroles are tiny invertebrate free-swimming gastrozoa who absorb the hostile energy emitted by their predators and use it to power their own systems. This makes the predators angry and so the Cyphroles swim faster through the gas ocean.

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