A negative struggle as soon as raged among the 2 rival planets inside a far off sun procedure. in the course of this cruel clash, one part encountered a strange item suspected of being a cosmic superstring. whilst lower, the thing collapsed into 4 elements, every one came across to be packed both with alien expertise or a few unknown type of lifestyles. Pending extra research, the elements have been speedy encased within 4 separate garage packing containers, and despatched to a hugely safe area station in orbit.
Sometime later, whereas engaging in examine on one of many alien entities they now name “the Worm,” a feminine scientist turns into pregnant and for this reason supplies delivery to quadruplets. She then inexplicably commits suicide via jogging at once out into space.
The conflict used to be ultimately dropped at an finish through use of recent guns coming up because of learn of the bug. those have been hired by means of immense area dreadnoughts nicknamed “hilldiggers,” and their damaging energy created new mountain levels out of the vanquished planet’s terrain. two decades after the airborne dirt and dust has settled, these 4 enormously gifted orphaned quadruplets have grown as much as suppose various levels of strength and effect inside of a postwar society. yet one in every of them now turns out decided to realize overall regulate over the lethal hilldiggers, to in all likelihood devastating effect.
An self reliant novel established in Neal Asher’s Polity universe, Hilldiggers is Asher in best shape, with enormously particular and intricate world-building, thought-provoking political undertones, and unabashedly extreme action.
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