WORLDS ENOUGH & TIME continued
"The Ninth of Av" takes us into
the post-human society of 3001, a vastly altered world
in which an ancient, dark imperative continues to flourish.
"On K2 with Kanakaredes" tells
the story of three veteran climbers - and a visiting alien
from Aldebaran - who attempt to scale the deadliest mountain
peak on earth, an act which has unexpected consequences
for the entire planet.
"The End of Gravity," a story
in the form of a film treatment, is a moving meditation
on memory and mortality, and on the enduring, almost primal,
appeal of space travel.
As always, Simmons addresses the largest,
most profound questions - questions concerning personal
salvation, mass destruction, the power of empathy, and
the search for transcendence - in direct, compulsively
readable fashion. No one writing today is as consistently
ambitious, versatile, and entertaining as Simmons. No
one else has done as much to expand the possibilities
of popular fiction. Worlds Enough and Time is a major
work by an indispensable writer: one more touchstone in
a constantly surprising career.