Exordia (Hardcover)

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Exordia (Hardcover)


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Michael Crichton meets Marvel’s Venom in award-winning author Seth Dickinson’s science fiction debut

"Agonizing and mesmerizing, a devastating and extraordinary achievement."—The New York Times

Magnificent. . . . A science fiction action juggernaut.—Tamsyn Muir

A most anticipated book of 2024 according to Goodreads, LitHub, and The New Scientist

Anna, I came to Earth tracking a very old story, a story that goes back to the dawn of time. It’s very unlikely that you’ll die right now. It wouldn’t be narratively complete.

Anna Sinjari—refugee, survivor of genocide, disaffected office worker—has a close encounter that reveals universe-threatening stakes. Enter Ssrin, a many-headed serpent alien who is on the run from her own past. Ssrin and Anna are inexorably, dangerously drawn to each other, and their contact reveals universe-threatening stakes.

While humanity reels from disaster, Anna must join a small team of civilians, soldiers, and scientists to investigate a mysterious broadcast and unknowable horror. If they can manage to face their own demons, they just might save the world.

SETH DICKINSON is the author of the Baru Cormorant novels and many short stories, as well as much of the lore and backstory of Bungie Studios’ Destiny. Seth lives in New York City.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250233011
ISBN-10: 1250233011
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2024
Pages: 544
Language: English

Most anticipated by Goodreads and LitHub

Praise for Exordia

"Agonizing and mesmerizing, a devastating and extraordinary achievement."—The New York Times

"Dickinson brings the same richness of characterization that made his Baru Cormorant series (The Traitor Baru Cormorant, 2015) so compelling, but this one reads like a Michael Crichton thriller on psychedelics—in a good way."—Booklist, starred review

"Magnificent. . . . A science fiction action juggernaut."—Tamsyn Muir, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Locked Tomb series

"A white-knuckled brilliant up-all-night thriller. . . Like Michael Crichton, but if someone cut the brake lines."—Max Gladstone, co-author of the New York Times Bestselling This is How You Lose the Time War

"Exordia is an avalanche: an inevitable, overwhelming, pell-mell landscape-scale transformation of a book. Dickinson uses science fiction as an ethical scalpel, and the results are breathtaking: viciously funny, vivid to the point of horror, and entirely profound."—Arkady Martine, Hugo Award-winning author of A Memory Called Empire

"Beautiful, introspective, and unbelievably tense. It feels like being in a hospital waiting room in the best and worse sense, the suspended moment right before you find out what's going on."—Cassandra Khaw, USA Today bestselling author of Nothing But Blackened Teeth

"A mind-shredding first-contact epic. . . . There are nukes, alien brain locks, intergalactic warfare and a scope that keeps expanding long after the stakes seem clear. This thrilling novel grips hardest when Dickinson's characters must reason through the science of seemingly impossible phenomena."—Scientific American

"An energetic, suspenseful melange of alien invasion and military action…there’s no question that it will be many sci-fi fans’ favorite book of the year, especially those willing to surrender to it, and be consumed.”—BookPage

"Adroit . . . Dickinson skillfully puts the cosmic scale of the Exordian rebellion into manageably personal terms. With cool alien technology, admirably hopeful heroes, and SFF pop culture references littered throughout, this will have readers hooked."—Publishers Weekly

"Violent, vivid, vicious—this is an innovative military, sci-fi thriller that is equal parts action and introspection. It’s conceptually profound and touches upon many ethical and metaphysical subjects. . . . Authentic and thought-provoking."—Library Journal

"Exordia is a comprehensive taxonomy of violence at every level, from the subcellular to the intergalactic, as well as every possible scrap of pain, pleasure, and connection that might result from it. It's an apocalyptic chanson de geste, with a dizzyingly fractured Round Table who experience damnation not just spiritually but literally, formally, communally and visibly, as well as a comprehensive study of natural history, moral lessons, spiritual and cultural translation, and the hierarchy of all possible passions. There's a deeply original spiritual order in this universe that sharpens the significance of every moment, and I found myself wrung out and exhilarated as I came unwillingly to the end of it."—Daniel M. Lavery, author of The Merry Spinster

"Conceptually mindblowing. Viscerally horrific. Hofstadter meets Lovecraft during a really bad acid trip, but better written.”—Peter Watts, Hugo Award winner

“Grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go: Dickinson creates a world that feels twice as vivid as normal and does it without ever slowing down the frenetic pace of the plot…it’s an incredible work.”—Reactor Mag

"With vibes of Independence Day (except where the extraterrestrials are at least our frenemies) and Michael Crichton, this bonkers-sounding adventure is high-concept, horrific, and perfect to fill the Baru-sized hole in my TBR."—LitHub

"The most anticipated books of 2024 explore the deep roots of the moral and philosophical quandaries shaping our times. Many depths are visible in Exordia (Tor), Seth Dickinson’s clever take on a first-contact-with-aliens, military sci-fi, moral philosophy tome. If all that hasn’t got you running away screaming, this book is for you."The New Scientist

"A novel about complicity in violence, moral dilemmas, and ultimately, hope in humankind. It’s also about spaceships made of math. All of these topics together create a sharp, action-packed, and deeply entertaining work of sci-fi that will leave readers excited for what else Dickinson has in store."—The Harvard Crimson