In the millennium’s last great sf novel, Stephen Baxter takes us a
short step byond Y2K. The year is 2010. We have survived … so far.
Cornelius Taine of Eschatology, Inc., mathematical genius, predicts
that in just 200 years our species will be wiped out. Even
evacuation from Earth will not save us from extinction. Reid
Malenfant, entrepreneur, has Big Dumb Boosters ready to fly from
the California desert, to be piloted by an enhanced squid named
Sheena 5. When Taine offers Malenfant the ultimate dream of saving
the species, Sheena’s mission is diverted to investigate Earth’s
recently discovered – and very remote – second moon. What Sheena 5
discovers there is nothing less than a revelation: the secret
reason for our existence visible at last beneath the rippled
surface of Time’s river. Malenfant and Taine must follow Sheena…
but they are pursued by an enraged US Air and Space Force, and a
mighty battle in space may cut short their hopes for the ultimate
transformation of mankind.