The Clockwork Rocket
by Greg Egan
Cover Artist: Cody Tilson
Review by Benjamin Wald
Night Shade Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781597802277
Date: 21 June 2011 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Product Description: In Yalda's universe, light has no universal speed and its creation generates energy. On Yalda's world, plants make food by emitting their own light into the dark night sky. As a child, Yalda witnesses one of a series of strange meteors, the Hurtlers, that are entering the planetary system at an immense, unprecedented speed. It becomes apparent that her world is in imminent danger - and the task of dealing with the Hurtlers will require knowledge and technology far beyond anything her civilization has yet achieved! Only one solution seems tenable: if a spacecraft can be sent on a journey at sufficiently high speed, its trip will last many generations for those on board, but it will return after just a few years have passed at home. The travelers will have a chance to discover the science their planet urgently needs, and bring it back in time to avert disaster.
(Source: Night Shade Books)