New York; (2015): William Morrow. First Edition. Octavo. Item #028396
867 pages. Signed by the author. Stephenson's work opens with a literal bang as the moon explodes without warning and for no apparent reason. When the reason finally does become apparent, it's caused to enlist steely-jawed action hero Dubois Jerome Xavier Harris, Ph.D., a scientist who makes fat bread as a TV science popularizer and sucker-up to the rich and powerful. Easy street gives way to a very rocky galactic road as Doob must figure out why the heavens are suddenly hurling mountains of space debris at Earth in a time already fraught with human-caused difficulty. Ever the optimist, Doob puts it this way: The good news is that the Earth is one day going to have a beautiful system of rings, just like Saturn. The bad news is that it's going to be messy. The solution? Get off the planet fast, set up space colonies, perpetuate the human race in those colonies. A fine copy bound in1/4 blue paper over black paper covered boards, spine lettering black, in fine unclipped dust jacket lettered in blue and white.