Nexus: Ascension

ISBN: 9780981374680
eISBN: 9781926851877

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After returning from a thirty-year trade mission, the crew of the Ea wake from cryonic suspension to find that their home world, Bh'Haret, is dead. Screamer satellites have been strung around their planet warning of a plague. A scan of the surface of Bh'Haret reveals no trace of human life—only crumbling cities.

Their fuel and other supplies nearly exhausted, the crew has little choice but to make planet fall on Bh'Haret, infected with a virulent and deadly disease. In a desperate scramble to save themselves, the crew members of the Ea must each, in his or her own way, come to terms with the death of their world—and try to rekindle a belief in the possibility of life.

Reviews of Nexus: Ascension:

[P]age-turning thrills aplenty . . . Boyczuk borrows from sources as diverse as Tolkien, Star Wars, and Alan Moore, and integrates the miscellany admirably into a fast-paced plot. The dystopian human dynamics, on the other hand, are the stuff of an epic nihilistic hangover.
Publishers Weekly
Robert Boyczuk’s Nexus: Ascension is so unique that it defies easy comparison. It is also a bold story in that it dares to have individual characters honestly grapple with the end of their world.
[T]he writing is vivid, the characters . . . interact in a believable and thrilling way, and there is enough tension to make us suddenly start turning the pages hurriedly. . . . [Boyczuk is] a writer to watch.
—Paul Kincaid, The New York Review of Science Fiction
Boyczuk . . . skillfully ratchets up the suspense as these secret motives are exposed. Well-punctuated with dramatic set pieces and thrills that are often sharp and bloody, the whole thing culminates in a spectacularly messy, and thoroughly satisfying, finale.
[Nexus: Ascension] was quite a story—somewhere between hard sci-fi and space opera, but eminently readable by anyone.

Other Reviews

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Author Info

Robert Boyczuk has published short stories in various magazines and anthologies. He also has three books out: a collection of his short work, Horror Story and Other Horror Stories, and two novels, Nexus: Ascension and The Book of Thomas (all by ChiZine Publications).