2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it.
The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.
As layers of camouflage fall away, it becomes clear that Janus was never a moon in the first place. It's some kind of machine-and it is now headed toward a fuzzily glimpsed artifact 260 light-years away. The Rockhopper is the only ship anywhere near Janus, and Bella Lind is ordered to shadow it for the few vital days before it falls forever out of reach.
In accepting this mission, she sets her ship and her crew on a collision course with destiny-for Janus has more surprises in store, and not all of them are welcome.
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“Pushing Ice” was originally published in 2005 and it’s a great stand-alone sci-fi story. It’s set in a different “universe” than the “Revelation Space” novels and although it has Reynolds trademark hard sci-fi elements, it’s much softer than most of his other works that I’ve read. In this book, the story of human relationships is actually equal, or even greater in importance than the technical wonders that usually headline his stories.
I had just finished listening to another of his novels that tried the same trick, and thought it was kind of a mess, but Reynolds achieves a really nice balance in “Pushing Ice”.
This book would be a good intro to Reynolds work, I think. It has strong characters and just enough technobabble to be fun without being intimidating.
I’d highly recommend it to any sci-fi reader.
Captivating book, I loved it.