Sunfall

Sunfall

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From renowned theoretical physicist, broadcaster and author Jim Al-Khalili, comes this thrilling debut novel drawing on cutting-edge science and set in a near-future full of dazzling technologies.

2041 and the world as we know it grinds to a halt. Our planet seems to be turning against itself - it would appear that the magnetic field, that protects life on Earth from deadly radiation from space, is failing . . .

Desperate to quell the mass hysteria that would surely follow, world governments have concealed this rapidly emerging Armageddon. But a young Iranian hacktivist stumbles across the truth, and it becomes a race against time to reactivate the earth's core using beams of dark matter.

As a small team of brave and brilliant scientists battle to find a way of transforming theory into practice, they face a fanatical group intent on pursuing their own endgame agenda: for they believe mankind to be a plague upon this earth and will do anything, commit any crime, to ensure that the project fails . . .

And so bring about humanity's end.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 35mm | 611g
  • BANTAM PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0593077423
  • 9780593077429
  • 73,022

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The year is 2041 and planet Earth is in trouble. It seems to be turning against itself. Extreme weather events coincide with catastrophic technological failures. Mega-storms devastate coastlines. Planes fall out of the skies.
Few realize that these events are connected: the magnetic field that protects all life on Earth is failing . . .

Desperate to avoid mass hysteria, world governments have suppressed the truth about this impending Armageddon. But then a young Iranian hacktivist discovers what’s really going on – and the genie is out of the bottle. Can anything be done to save humankind from this fate?

Three scientists believe they have the answer: to reactivate the magnetic field using dark matter. But time is not on their – or the world’s – side. As they race to find a way of transforming theory into practice, they face a fanatical group with their own endgame agenda. For it believes mankind to be a plague upon this earth and will do anything to ensure that the project fails.

And so bring about the world’s end . . .

In his debut novel, renowned theoretical physicist, broadcaster and author Professor
Jim Al-Khalili brings together cutting-edge science with rip-roaring race-against-time storytelling in a futuristic thriller about an end-of-the-world event that could actually happen . . .

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"Packed with insights and action, Sunfall is a pacy and enlightening antidote to the usual dystopian drone about the unexpected consequences of technology, or when perverted science spins out of control. Jim Al-Khalili’s debut page-turner describes how, when our local star threatens Armageddon, science really can save the day."
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"Reminiscent of vintage Arthur C. Clarke . . . has a chilling, nail-biting authenticity." -- James Lovegrove * FINANCIAL TIMES * "The Day After Tomorrow meets Neuromancer . . . When the planet's magnetic field fails, the naked sun threatens to deliver an extinction level event now - and every century - unless a high-tech near future humanity can save itself. Sunfall is sizzling stuff. And the best informed techno-thriller you are ever likely to read." -- STEPHEN BAXTER, author of the Xeelee sequence "With its well-crafted world-building, cutting-edge science, and believable, engaging characters caught in a desperate race to stave off the end of the world, this fast-paced near-future thriller is an impressive debut novel from one of our foremost science communicators. Brilliant! " -- Professor IAN STEWART, co-author of The Science of Discworld series "A thrilling futuristic page-turner of a novel in which the future of science, and the technology that underpins it, is as gripping as the plot." -- Professor MARK MIODOWNIK, author of Stuff Matters "Packed with insights and action, Sunfall is a pacy and enlightening antidote to the usual dystopian drone about the unexpected consequences of technology, or when perverted science spins out of control. Jim Al-Khalili's debut page-turner describes how, when our local star threatens Armageddon, science really can save the day." -- Professor ROGER HIGHFIELD, science writer and director of The Science Museum
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About Jim Al-Khalili

Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS is a quantum physicist, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey where he holds a joint chair in physics and the public engagement in science. He has written ten books, translated into over twenty languages. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries and also presents the long-running weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific. A recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, he is also the current president of the British Science Association. He received an OBE in 2007 for `services to science' and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2018. Sunfall is his first novel. Jim Al-Khalili lives in Hampshire.
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