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Permafrost

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Fix the past. Save the present. Stop the future. Master of science fiction Alastair Reynolds unfolds a time-traveling climate fiction adventure in Permafrost.  

2080: at a remote site on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a group of scientists, engineers, and physicians gather to gamble humanity’s future on one last-ditch experiment. Their goal: to make a tiny alteration to the past, averting a global catastrophe while at the same time leaving recorded history intact. To make the experiment work, they just need one last recruit: an ageing schoolteacher whose late mother was the foremost expert on the mathematics of paradox.  

2028: a young woman goes into surgery for routine brain surgery. In the days following her operation, she begins to hear another voice in her head...an unwanted presence which seems to have a will, and a purpose, all of its own - one that will disrupt her life entirely. The only choice left to her is a simple one.  

Does she resist...or become a collaborator?

©2019 Alastair Reynolds (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • Douglas F. Couch
  • 27/06/2019

Allastair Reynolds back with another good one

Enjoyed the tight tale with the hazards of time paradox. Thought provoking so I listened twice.

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  • 24/06/2019

Wow

Most believable time travel scenario ever! Narrator was terrific. Perhaps I missed it somewhere in there, but what did the note say in the altimeter?
Really great, highly recommended.

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  • Annie Armstrong
  • 19/06/2019

I LOVED IT. BRILLIANT. FRESH.

This story totally rocked my sci-fi addicted brain. I’ve listened to a lot of science fiction, and the ideas in Permafrost were fresh, brilliant, and with a totally new spin. I also loved the narrator. I love her voice, vulnerability, and power. I also appreciated that they used an authentic Russian actor to narrate this... great choice. You can really hear the difference!

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 30/09/2019

Time travel escapades

Alastair Reynolds' Permafrost is a time travel novella that takes place in 2080 at which point environmental collapse is imminent. In an attempt to save humanity, a project is undertaken to send "pilots" back to 2028 to secure seed stocks to feed the starving remnants of the human race. Technically, a person cannot go back in time, but can connect and take over some from that time and direct actions. The goal is to secure those stocks in a location recoverable in 2080. Humanity is assisted by sophisticated AIs that appear to have their own agenda.

Reynolds employs a unique twist on time travel paradox by not actually sending anyone through time. Special preparations are needed and the pilot must go to great lengths to remain in control. At the same time, signals appear to be coming from her future suggesting that all is not well even with success.

The narration is well done with heavy Russian accents that are nevertheless quite understandable. Pacing is quick for this short offering.

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  • ACC
  • 27/09/2019

Ice picks to the eardrums would be preferable

to having to listen to this narrator for 4 hours.

Mother of God! Who is this narrator? I've listened to my share of audio books narrated by terrible narrators,, but this is the first one I couldn't stand for more than 15 minutes.

What type of narrating is she trying to pull off? Broody Eastern European accent with a speech impediment? if that's what she's going for, she nailed it.

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  • Anthony Lewis Aragues Jr.
  • 23/09/2019

Too short, but done well.

I really hate time stories. I only got this because I really like Alastair Reynolds.

It was done well, had a fresh approach, got me invested right when it ends.

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  • A. Molnar
  • 23/09/2019

Great shorter, thought provoking listen!

Sometimes it's nice to listen to something that is shorter but exactly as long as it needs to be. If you like apocalypse and/or time travel and /or AI based science fiction... well, yeah, get a short, sweet, fresh angle on it here. No regrets and I doubt you will have any either. Easy to recommend.

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  • Charles M.
  • 23/08/2019

Not your father's SciFi!

SciFi with a huge human element an atypical hero and a heart rending finale. This tightly packed novella is MORE than worth your time.