by David S Goyer
Tor Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780230757028
Date: 01 July 2011 List Price £17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: Prepare yourselves for one of this summer's blockbuster releases... Heaven's Shadow is a lead title from Tor UK, a collaboration between the screenwriter of The Dark Night, David S. Goyer (and that is only one highlight of many on this chap's extraordinary resume) and Twilight Zone writer Michael Cassutt.
The first in a trilogy, this book is described as "... a pulse-pounding novel that combines all the pace and thrilling action of Michael Crichton combined with the traditional science fiction imagination of Arthur C. Clarke" and with the movie rights having been snapped up by Warner in a massive seven figure deal, this one is going to be big!. Due from Tor UK in July.
"Heaven's Shadow begins with the discovery of an object of unknown origin headed toward Earth. Speculation as to what it might be runs high, and leads to an international competition to be the first to land on it, to claim both the prestige and whatever other benefits there might be. Thus, two rival teams of astronauts begin a thrilling and dangerous race – but what they find when they reach their goal will turn out to be unlike anything they could have imagined...
What they have landed on is no asteroid but a spacecraft from a civilization that has travelled tens of thousands of years to reach earth. While the team try to work out what it is they are needed for, more sinister occurrences cause them to wonder if their involvement with this alien race will lead to anything but harm for humanity. "