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"Written by one who really knows the science...a hard sf treat." (Gregory Benford, New York Times bestselling author): In 2066, a black hole is on a collision course with Earth. Can NASA scientist Burt find a solution to save the solar system?


*** USA Today bestseller ***

The year is 2066 and the world is oblivious to the threat it faces.

The fate of humanity lies on the shoulders of Burt Radcliffe, the new head of NASA's Near Earth Object program.

He's been rushing the completion of DefenseNet, a ring of satellites that are both part of an early-warning system as well as the means to eliminate incoming threats.

Yet Burt knows that despite the world's best efforts, nothing can be done about the alert he's just received.

Coming out of deep space is a danger that's been approaching since the dawn of time. A black hole. An unstoppable threat that promises death for all in its wake.

Dave Holmes was a modern-day Einstein. As the original architect of DefenseNet, he'd had visions of this Primordial Threat before he disappeared, yet he'd left behind no details on how the problem might be solved.

Can Holmes be found, and if so, will his solution even work?

The world has less than a year to find out.


"Primordial Threat is a good combination of science and adventure fiction."

      - Larry Niven, New York Times bestselling author

"With Primordial Threat, Michael Rothman puts the OMG back in Science Fiction! Fascinating characters, an Asimov-sized plot, and lots of intrigue. Michael Rothman delivers. Chilling Science Fiction from a new Arthur C. Clarke. Movie-ready SF from a new master!"

      - William C. Dietz, New York Times bestselling author

"Written by one who really knows the science, PRIMORDIAL THREAT zips along--a hard sf treat."

      - Gregory Benford, New York Times bestselling author of TIMESCAPE.

"Michael Rothman's PRIMORDIAL THREAT is a big disaster novel -- maybe  the biggest, with the end of the solar system in play. There goes the neighborhood! Filled with innovative science and big-scale action, it shows humanity in crisis, and humanity at its best."

      - Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of BLOOD OF THE COSMOS

"It has been a long time since I've seen a novel with big mind-blowing hard SF ideas like this.  It reminds me very much of Asimov, and that is very welcome indeed."

      - David Farland, New York Times Bestselling, Award-winning Author

"Who says hard science fiction is dead? The field is safe and sound in the hands of Michael Rothman. Real science from a real scientist -- and a thrilling page-turner, to boot. What more could one ask?"

      - Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night

"A perfect blend of hard science fiction, disaster epic and thriller, this book will immerse you and keep you there till it ends. Then make you wish for a series."

      - Sarah Hoyt, Multi-award winning author

"Michael A. Rothman's PRIMORDIAL THREAT is a beautifully-conceived hard science adventure, with totally believable characters and events, and a truly satisfying conclusion."

      - Mike Resnick, 4-time Hugo Award Winning author

"Michael A. Rothman's PRIMORDIAL THREAT leverages real technical expertise to find the human drama in a plausible near-future extinction scenario. This is gripping reading, one part Larry Niven and one part Michael Crichton!"

      - D.J. Butler, author of WITCHY EYE and THE KIDNAP PLOT

"The Primordial Threat is the Next Level in Extinction Event thrillers. Rothman deftly navigates actual science with a taut edge-of-your-seat tension that will scare you to death. I wouldn't be surprised if he wasn't already gaming Worst Case Scenarios for the White House."

      - Nick Cole, author of The Old Man and the Wasteland (Amazon #1 in SciFi) and Soda Pop Soldier (Publisher's Weekly Starred Review)

"M.A. Rothman has combined the high-frontier space realism of Kim Stanley Robinson, with the big ideas and cosmic scope of Larry Niven, and paced it all like a Michael Crichton adventure. A terrific roller coaster ride, which hits the reader on several levels. Highly recommended."

      - Brad R. Torgersen, Multi-award winning Hard S.F. author

"... exciting sci-fi catastrophism ... call it The Day the Earth Certainly Didn't Stand Still.

Rothman (Perimeter, 2018), an engineer, tackles the hard-science/apocalypse trope of a 'Very Bad Thing' threatening Earth in the tradition of Philip Wylie and Edwin Balmer's epochal When World's Collide and Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Lucifer's Hammer."

      - Kirkus Reviews

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
August 11
Primordial Press
Michael A. Rothman

Customer Reviews

Skeeter an ,


Enjoyed the read. A little far fetched, but enjoyed it none the less.

politex ,

Fantastic science & great storytelling

The author combines great science with skilled storytelling to produce a science fiction adventure all can enjoy. This is the stuff hard science fiction readers hunger for.

I was annoyed when it ended only to be delighted by an addendum exploring the scientific possibilities raised in the book.

Great read! I’m looking forward to more from Michael Rothman.

Loren Petty ,

Thrilling Sci-Fi!

Wholesale extinction or narrow escape? Those are the choices in Primordial Threat, an exciting tale about the threat to future civilization from a traveling black hole on a trajectory for Mother Earth herself. Our intrepid heroes are all scientists who have one slim chance to save the planet from doom. A strong President mobilizes the world to fight the evil of religious fanaticism, hell bent on furthering the apocalypse, while brave scientists employ the laws of the universe to save mankind. I could not put it down before reaching the satisfactory conclusion.

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