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A mysterious accident on Pluto has left one girl mute, her father comatose, and her brother damaged and altered. But their barren world is changing around them, and secrets can’t be kept forever…
Terraforming – the megascale-engineering of a planet’s surface to one more Earth-like – is now commonplace across the Solar System, and Pluto’s is set to be the most ambitious transformation yet. Four billion miles from the Sun and two hundred degrees below zero, what this worldlet needs is light and heat. Through captured asteroids and solar mirrors, humanity’s finest scientists and engineers are set to deliver them.
What nobody factored in was a saboteur – but who, and why?
From the start, terraformer Lucian is intrigued by nine-year-old Nou, silent since a horrifying incident that shook the base and upended her family into chaos. If he could reach her, perhaps he could understand what happened that day – and what she knows about the secrets of Pluto.
Nou possesses unspoken knowledge that could put a stop to the terraforming. Gripped by her fears, unable to trust her family, there is no one she can talk to. Only through Lucian’s gentle friendship will she start to rediscover her voice – and what she has to say could transform our understanding of the Universe.
A scientific romance for a new era, and very welcome. The language and imagery are as perfectly formed as ice crystals. And Kissick had turned Pluto into a world as marvellous as Arrakis or Pandora ? Stephen Baxter
Adventurous SF that pushes the envelope and asks big questions. Lucy Kissick is the next big thing in space. ? Paul Cornell
[Lucy Kissick’s] depictions of what it could be like on Pluto are thrillingly vivid…A rousing good story. ? The Guardian
Great: up-to-date science and SF smarts combined with classic SF drama and character. Highly recommended – Adam Roberts
About the Author
Lucy Kissick wrote Plutoshine while completing her doctorate at the University of Oxford, where she recreated Martian lakes in the laboratory to understand the planet’s atmosphere. She now works as a scientist in the nuclear industry between the mountains and the sea of the English Lake District, and can usually be found in either.
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