THE DEEPLY MOVING HUMAN DRAMA OF GRAVITY MEETS THE NAIL-BITING SUSPENSE OF ALIEN IN THIS RIVETING SCIENCE FICTION DEBUT. WITH BOLD SPECULATION INFORMED BY A DEGREE IN PHYSICS, C. A. HIGGINS SPINS AN UNFORGETTABLE “LOCKED SPACESHIP” MYSTERY GUARANTEED TO CATAPULT READERS BEYOND THEIR EXPECTATIONS—AND INTO BRILLIANTLY THRILLING NEW TERRITORY.
Serving aboard the Ananke, an experimental military spacecraft launched by the ruthless organization that rules Earth and its solar system, computer scientist Althea has established an intense emotional bond—not with any of her crewmates, but with the ship’s electronic systems, which speak more deeply to her analytical mind than human feelings do. But when a pair of fugitive terrorists gain access to the Ananke, Althea must draw upon her heart and soul for the strength to defend her beloved ship. While one of the saboteurs remains at large somewhere on board, his captured partner—the enigmatic Ivan—may prove to be more dangerous. The perversely fascinating criminal whose silver tongue is his most effective weapon has long evaded the authorities’ most relentless surveillance—and kept the truth about his methods and motives well hidden. As the ship’s systems begin to malfunction and the claustrophobic atmosphere is increasingly poisoned by distrust and suspicion, it falls to Althea to penetrate the prisoner’s layers of intrigue and deception before all is lost. But when the true nature of Ivan’s mission is exposed, it will change Althea forever—if it doesn’t kill her first.
Pubblicato in italiano di Mondadori come SENZA LUCE. Traduzione di Annarita Guarnieri.
The New York Times calls LIGHTLESS a “lovely science-fiction debut”
Amazon’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Best Books of the Month for September
io9’s list of “All the Most Thrilling Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming This Fall”
“[A] riveting sci-fi debut” —Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Books Preview
“LIGHTLESS is contained, disciplined, tense and occasionally lyrical...The writing, particularly when Ms. Higgins describes the workings of the computer, is often beautiful. LIGHTLESS is the first of a planned series, and you can’t help looking forward to learning what’s next for Althea and Ananke.” —The New York Times
“The stakes in this story are high—life and death, rebellion and betrayal—and debut novelist Higgins continually ratchets up the tension…A suspenseful, emotional story that asks plenty of big questions about identity and freedom, this is a debut not to be missed.” — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED
“Written by an author with a degree in physics and featuring a computer reminiscent of 2001’s HAL, LIGHTLESS is an intellectual but no less exciting story set in the infinite vastness of space...expansive and exhilarating” —Romantic Times, 4 Stars!
“This is science fiction as it is meant to be done: scientific concepts wedded to and built upon human ideals. Absolutely brilliant.” — Seanan McGuire, New York Times-bestselling author of the October Daye series
C. A HIGGINS'S ACCLAIMED NOVEL LIGHTLESS FUSED SUSPENSEFUL STORYTELLING, HIGH-CALIBER SCIENTIFIC SPECULATION, AND RIGHCLY DEVELOPED CHARACTERS INTO A STUNNING SCIENCE FICTION EPIC. NOW THE DAZZLING SUPERNOVA HEIGHTENS THE THRILLS AND DEEPENS THE HAUNTING EXPLORATION OF TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANITY—AND THE CONSEQUENCES THAT AWAIT WHEN THE TWO INTERSECT.
Once Ananke was an experimental military spacecraft. But a rogue computer virus transformed it—her—into something much more: a fully sentient artificial intelligence, with all the power of a god—and all the unstable emotions of a teenager.
Althea, the ship’s engineer and the last living human aboard, nearly gave her life to save Ananke from dangerous saboteurs, forging a bond as powerful as that between mother and daughter. Now she devotes herself completely to Ananke’s care. But teaching a thinking, feeling machine—perhaps the most dangerous force in the galaxy—to be human proves a monumental challenge. When Ananke decides to seek out Matthew Gale, the terrorist she regards as her father, Althea learns that some bonds are stronger than mortal minds can understand—or control.
Drawn back toward Earth by the quest, Althea and Ananke will find themselves in the thick of a violent revolution led by Matthew’s sister, the charismatic leader Constance, who will stop at nothing to bring down a tyrannical surveillance state. As the currents of past decisions and present desires come into stark collision, a new and fiery future is about to be born.
Pubblicato in italiano di Mondadori come SUPERNOVA. Traduzione di Lia Tomasich.
“An enjoyable, hard science fiction adventure.”—Cinelinx
“Higgins succeeds in expanding her universe and leaving the reader hungry to learn how her debut trilogy will end.”—New York Daily News
“Riveting and thought-provoking.”—Publishers Weekly
IN THE FOLLOW-UP TO LIGHTLESS AND SUPERNOVA, C. A HIGGINS AGAIN FUSES SCIENCE FICTION, SUSPENSE, AND DRAMA TO TELL THE STORY OF A MOST UNLIKELY HEROINE: ANANKE, ONCE A MILITARY SPACECRAFT, NOW A SENTIENT ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE. ANANKE MAY HAVE THE POWERS OF A GOD, BUT SHE IS CONSUMED BY A VERY HUMAN LONGING: TO KNOW HER CREATORS.
Ananke may have the powers of a god, but she is consumed by a very human longing: to know her creators. Now Ananke is on a quest to find companionship, understanding, and even love. She is accompanied by Althea, the engineer who created her, and whom she sees as her mother. And she is in search of her “father,” Matthew, the programmer whose code gave her the spark of life.
But Matthew is on a strange quest of his own, traveling the galaxy alongside Ivan, with whom he shares a deeply painful history. Ananke and her parents are racing toward an inevitable collision, with consequences as violent as the birth of the solar system itself—and as devastating as the discovery of love.
Pubblicato in italiano di Mondadori come RADIAZIONI OSCURE. Traduzione di Lia Tomasich.
“Radiate will take you to the corners of space you’ve never even dreamed of going and beyond.”—Bustle
“Gripping . . . This sci-fi universe [is] utterly believable, while metaphor and allegory enrich the characters.”—New York Daily News
“A compelling emotional tale about two people trying to save each other from a disaster of their own making.”—Kirkus Reviews
The Lightless Trilogy is “a perfect sci-fi entry point that matches a rich, character-driven story with fundamental questions about who we are and why we’re here.”—Los Angeles Times