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The Fall of Tartarus by Eric Brown

The Fall of Tartarus
The Fall of Tartarus
In myth Tartarus was the lowest region of hell. In reality it is a world about to die...

I'd heard many a tale about Tartarus Major, how certain continents were technological backwaters five hundred years behind the times; how the Church governed half the planet with a fist of iron, and yet how, across scattered islands and sequestered lands, a thousand bizarre and heretic cults prospered too.

I'd heard how a lone traveller was hardly safe upon the planet's surface, prey to wild animals and cut-throats. Most of all I'd heard that Tartarus was a dying world, one that would be annihilated when its sun exploded in the magnificent stellar suicide of a supernova.

These are the stories of the people who are leaving Tartarus, those have decided to stay and those who are arriving on the planet for the apocalypse.

This ebook edition also features an afterword by the author.


"Eric Brown spins a terrific yarn" SFX

"This is the rediscovery of wonder" Stephen Baxter on Helix

"SF suffused with a cosmopolitan and literary sensibility" Paul McAuley

"British writing with a deft, understated touch: wonderful" New Scientist

Cover by NASA

Published: 26 May 2016

Eric Brown

Eric Brown began writing when he was fifteen, while living in Australia, and sold his first short story to Interzone in 1986. He has won the British Science Fiction Award twice for his short stories, has published over forty books, and his work has been translated into sixteen languages. His latest books include the SF novels The Serene Invasion, Satan's Reach, and the crime novel Murder by the Book. He writes a regular science fiction review column for the Guardian newspaper and lives near Dunbar, East Lothian.

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