|About the Book|
Stephen Baxter possesses one of the most brilliant minds in modern science fiction. His vivid storytelling skills have earned him comparison to the giants of the past: Clarke, Asimov, Stapledon. Like his greatpredecessors, Baxter thinks on a cosmicMoreStephen Baxter possesses one of the most brilliant minds in modern science fiction. His vivid storytelling skills have earned him comparison to the giants of the past: Clarke, Asimov, Stapledon. Like his greatpredecessors, Baxter thinks on a cosmic scale, spinning cutting-edge scientific speculation into pure, page-turning gold. Now Baxter is back with a breathtaking adventure that begins during the catastrophic collapse ofRoman Britain and stretches forward into an unimaginably distant, war-torn future, where the fate of humanity lies waiting at the center of the galaxy. . . .DestinysChildrenCOALESCENTGeorge Poole isnt sure whether his life has reached a turning point or a dead end. At forty-five, he is divorced and childless, with a careerthat is going nowhere fast. Then, when his father dies suddenly, George stumbles onto a family secret: a sister he never knew existed. A twin named Rosa, raised in Rome by an enigmatic cult. Hoping to find the answers tothe missing pieces of his life, George sets out for the ancient city.Once in Rome, he learns from Rosa the enthralling story of their distant ancestor, Regina, an iron-willed genius determined topreserve her family as the empire disintegrates around her. It was Regina who founded the cult, which has mysteriously survived and prospered below the streets of Rome for almost two millennia. The Order, says Rosa, is herreal family- and, even if he doesnt realize it yet, it is Georges family, too. When she takes him into the vast underground city that is the Orders secret home, he feels a strongsense of belonging, yet there is something oddly disturbing about the women he meets. They are all so young and so very much alike.Now, joined by his boyhood friend Peter McLachlan, who arrives in Romewith a dark secret of his own, George uncovers evidence suggesting that the women of the Order have embarked on a divergent evolutionary path. But they are not just a new kind of human. They are a better kind, geneticallysuperior, equipped with all the tools necessary to render homo sapiens as extinct as the Neanderthals. And, chillingly, George and Peter soon have reason to fear that this colony is preparing to leave its overcrowdedunderground nest. . . .