The Explorer

The Explorer

Hardback

By (author) James Smythe

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  • Publisher: HarperVoyager
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 26mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007456751
  • ISBN 13: 9780007456758
  • Sales rank: 529,837

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A tense, claustrophobic and gripping science fiction thriller from the author of The Testimony. When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first manned mission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history as one of humanity's great explorers. But in space, nothing goes according to plan. The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedly fail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogy back to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter what happens, the mission must continue. But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralling towards his own inevitable death ...unless he can do something to stop it.

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Author information

James Smythe is the winner of the Wales Fiction Book of the Year 2013 and shortlisted nominee for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2014. He is the author of the Anomaly Quartet which includes The Explorer and The Echo. James currently lives in London and teaches creative writing. Twitter @jpsmythe

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'It's like an episode of Star Trek written by JM Coetzee' Guardian 'The Explorer has the dreamlike detachment of an Ishiguro novel... reminiscent of a 1970s space movie, where the darkness of the void mirrors the darkness of the human soul' Financial Times 'Beautifully written, creepy as hell. The Explorer is as clever in its unravelling as it is breathlessly claustrophobic' Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls 'One of the most gripping novels that I've read in 2012' Starburst 'The SF novel everyone should read' Foyles