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They have extraordinary power and aren't afraid to use it...

Two planets in the same solar system are locked in war, when some kind of cosmic super-string is discovered. It seems packed with alien technology, or even perhaps life. And for safety it is stored - in four segments - within a maximum-security space station. A female research scientist falls pregnant on the station soon after, and gives birth to quads. Then she commits suicide. But why?

By the war's end, one planet is devastated. It fell victim to the other's incredible hilldigger weaponry - so named as their blasts create mountains. Meanwhile, the quads have reached adulthood, and are gaining power in post-war society. One of them has his sights set on claiming the hilldiggers and their power for himself. But with what consequences for humanity?

Hilldiggers is a fast-paced standalone, following events in Neal Asher's Spatterjay trilogy.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781509868476
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 12/03/2019
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
    Fiction & related items / Space opera
  • Imprint: Tor UK
  • Pages: 560
  • Price: $18.99

They have extraordinary power and aren't afraid to use it...

Two planets in the same solar system are locked in war, when some kind of cosmic super-string is discovered. It seems packed with alien technology, or even perhaps life. And for safety it is stored - in four segments - within a maximum-security space station. A female research scientist falls pregnant on the station soon after, and gives birth to quads. Then she commits suicide. But why?

By the war's end, one planet is devastated. It fell victim to the other's incredible hilldigger weaponry - so named as their blasts create mountains. Meanwhile, the quads have reached adulthood, and are gaining power in post-war society. One of them has his sights set on claiming the hilldiggers and their power for himself. But with what consequences for humanity?

Hilldiggers is a fast-paced standalone, following events in Neal Asher's Spatterjay trilogy.

Author Information

Neal Asher divides his time between Essex and Crete, mostly at a keyboard and mentally light-years away. His full-length novels are as follows. First is the Agent Cormac series: Gridlinked, The Line of Polity, Brass Man, Polity Agent and Line War. Next comes the Spatterjay series: The Skinner, The Voyage of the Sable Keech and Orbus. Also set in the same world of the Polity are these standalone novels: Hilldiggers, Prador Moon, Shadow of the Scorpion and The Technician. The Transformation trilogy is also based in the Polity: Dark Intelligence, War Factory and Infinity Engine. Set in a dystopian future are: The Departure, Zero Point andJupiter War, while Cowl takes us across time.