Seveneves: A Novel

Paperback | May 17, 2016

byNeal Stephenson

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SEVENEVES was included on President Obama's Summer 2016 reading list.

SEVENEVES was one of only five books recommended by Bill Gates as "must reads" for Summer 2016.

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SEVENEVES was included on President Obama's Summer 2016 reading list.SEVENEVES was one of only five books recommended by Bill Gates as "must reads" for Summer 2016.

Neal Stephenson, the science fiction author, was born on October 31, 1959 in Maryland. He graduated from Boston University in 1981 with a B.A. in Geography with a minor in physics. His first novel, The Big U, was published in 1984. It received little attention and stayed out of print until Stephenson allowed it to be reprinted in 2001....

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:880 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 2 inPublished:May 17, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062334514

ISBN - 13:9780062334510

Customer Reviews of Seveneves: A Novel


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Riveting hard sci-fi from a master of the form I took this book camping and pretty much neglected my family. It's a fascinating look into the psyche of the human race as it faces possible extinction. I very much hope someone has purchased the rights to Seveneves as it would make a fantastic television series. Game of Thrones but in space! Stephenson manages to tackle the political aspects of survival as well as the technological. There have been accusations of "info dumping" but I loved the lengthy explanations of the very "real" science fuelling the narrative. It is also worth noting that female characters are well-represented in this novel. Very refreshing! My only criticism is that the story drags a bit after the jump. Way more questions arise than the story can possibly answer. Stephenson builds such intricate scaffolding for this new world that it would be difficult to believe no sequel is forthcoming.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sci-fi While Neal Stephenson presents some very interesting ideas in Seveneves, I found it to be an uneven story that has some great moments. The first part of the novel feels like The Martin set on the ISS with the impending doom of the entire human race in the background. You meet the main characters (both on Earth and in space) and I felt that the motivations & the actions of the characters were believable given the dire situations they are placed in. If there's anything to complain about here, its the strongly optimistic view of how humans would react (lets be honest, not everyone would react to the apocalypse positively). There's a lot of infodumps on orbital mechanics and space physics but if you are reading Stephenson that kind of thing is to be expected. The middle part of the novel drones on with hundreds of pages following a delicate space mission. Just as I was prepared to move on from the initial part of the book, this mission brings the plot to a grinding halt. This would be okay if this part was also used to enrich the main characters but that was lacking in my view. After the reintroduction of the human race in the future timeline, I don't know what Stephenson was aiming for with plot. It felt rushed at times and then suddenly ends with a lot of open ended questions/conflicts. I'm not sure if there was a lot of narrative cut for space or if there is the possibility of more to be written in this world, but I felt the story ended with a whimper rather than a bang. It sounds like I didn't like this novel but I did. The technological ideas (robots, space tech and genetics, primarily) are all fascinating and maybe one day they will become a reality. I found some of the characters to be a lot of fun. It just has a lot of problems keeping up the momentum over the entirety of the book and suffers for it.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty cool An interesting look into how the world would react to such a catastrophic event. But the book summary spoiled the time jump, and I was waiting for it the entire book (not realizing that it wouldn't come until the end). A bit long winded, but a fun read.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a glimpse at what's possible Thought provoking, cutting edge thinking, well plotted if slightly long winded at times. Can't wait to see the screen adaptation, hope Spielberg does it justice. Worth reading for anyone interested in an intelligent look at space population, saving humanity, and the possible science behind it. Read snow crash if you have doubts about how prophetic this author can be.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Space Delight The last Stephenson novel I read was Cryptonomicon, over ten years ago. Reading this one makes me want to go back and read the novels I've missed. His stories are so information dense, and yet he makes it all interesting and relevant. The characters and plot here are compelling. As new problems arose, I wondered how they'd be solved and who would do the solving. So much of the story takes place on the ISS ("Izzy"), so shortly after I finished and saw Scott Kelly talking on the NASA live stream from the station, I had an odd sense that only comes when reading (or watching) science fiction that's close to reality. I never thought about how big (relatively speaking) the module they normally film in is. The third part of the book gave lots of food for my imagination. There are so many pieces of technology with interesting bits of physics that it made me want to do a bunch of research. This book probably isn't for people who are averse to info dumps. Stephenson does them well, though, so if you're looking for that sort of example, you might want to try this out. Also, the physical version of this book is 880 pages, and the story itself is split into three fairly even sections. I'm not sure why they didn't publish it as a ~300 page per book trilogy. The first two parts are fairly similar, but given how different the third one is, a trilogy could make more sense.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seveneves Another engaging and epic read from Neal Stephenson, perhaps the leading master of modern hard Sci fi. The first two thirds is riveting; that last third drags a bit at first as the reader becomes introduced to and engaged with new characters, technology and environment but then picks up quickly and interestingly. It is clearly set up for a sequel and I will definitely look forward to finding out more about the world spawned herein.
Date published: 2015-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spellbinding Thoroughly enjoyed the book. The ideas and concepts are well thought out and plausible as fiction. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Future Tense Typical Stephens0n. Long, well-researched, thought provoking, interesting characters, gripping and sadness whe it ends. I wanted it to be at least as long as The Baroque Trilogy! A carping criticism. Is 5,000 years long enough to evolve the way the seven races do, or the Pingers? Language might also shift rather more dramatically? Nonetheless A GOOD READ!!!
Date published: 2015-06-03

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“Stephenson’s storytelling style combines the conversational and the panoramic, allowing him to turn his piercing gaze on the familiar aspects of a strange future, encompassing the barely conceivable detail by detail.”