Siege of Stars: Book One of The Sigil

By Henry Gee

Sci-Fi | Paperback, eBook


The Universe is dying from within. No one knows how to save it, so the Elders give a young Drover a last ditch chance to stop the rot. If only she knew where to begin. Jack Corstorphine, archaeologist, has an intuition that the landscape of Europe had been civilized for millions of years … an intuition realized by the incisive intelligence of his protegée, Jadis Markham. Neither is prepared for the size and scale of the surprises they let loose on the world. Ruxhana Fengen Kraa, Admiral of the 17th Rigel Fleet, is about to be cashiered for a stupendous tactical mistake. But Special Ops has another job for him – something far, far stranger. 'Great stuff. Touches reminiscent of Douglas Adams, Barrington Bayley and David Britton only emphasise the splendid originality of this book. Thoughtful. Funny. Like nothing else before it. And pretty thoroughly mind-expanding. In fact everything you always hope a very good SF novel will be. It’s hilarious. It’s wonderfully written. You guessed it. I’ve become a Henry Gee fan'. – Michael Moorcock 'Henry Gee stakes his claim to excellence with these startling, beautifully written tales of cosmic adventure. Brisk, funny, triumphant – and utterly compelling.' – Greg Bear 'The Sigil is in the grand tradition of Stapledonian space opera, and provides not only an explanation for why this universe is the way it is, but gives us the many vivid wild adventures on the part of some (very appealing) conscious characters acting to make it that way. Awesome stuff, and a true pleasure to read page by page.' – Kim Stanley Robinson 'What amazing breadth and vigour and inventiveness! Everything you knew about Earth’s prehistory is completely wrong, and the truth is key to a dark secret of our galaxy that will come to roost in the nearish future. I’ve read all three parts of the Sigil trilogy by now because it’s so compulsively well written that I simply couldn’t stop. So cosmically deep and sensually rich, with splendid characters, what a warm and enthusiastic and deeply human book it is — as well as being chillingly scary and horrifying at times. The climax is absolutely unforeseeable. Sigil will live in my memory long after I’ve forgotten what happens in many other novels.' – Ian Watson


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The Universe is dying from within. No one knows how to save it, so the Elders give a young Drover a last ditch chance to stop the rot. If only she knew where to begin. Jack Corstorphine, archaeologist, has an intuition that the landscape of Europe had been civilized for millions of years … an intuition realized by the incisive intelligence of his protegée, Jadis Markham. Neither is prepared for the size and scale of the surprises they let loose on the world. Ruxhana Fengen Kraa, Admiral of the 17th Rigel Fleet, is about to be cashiered for a stupendous tactical mistake. But Special Ops has another job for him – something far, far stranger. 'Great stuff. Touches reminiscent of Douglas Adams, Barrington Bayley and David Britton only emphasise the splendid originality of this book. T...


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Henry Gee is a Senior Editor of the science journal Nature as well as a prolific author. He lives in Cromer, Norfolk, England, with his family and numerous pets.



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