First details on award-winning author Neal Stephenson's new sci-fi novel Seveneves

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Oct 7, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

Award-winning sci-fi author Neal Stephenson has an intriguing new novel on the way, and now we finally have the first details on the mystery project.

Dubbed Seveneves, the story is almost like a future-set, sci-fi take on the biblical tale of Noah’s ark. It sounds ambitious, digging into political and social issues along with all the juicy sci-fi stuff. Stephenson is a New York Times bestseller best known for his works Anatham, Reamde, Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon.

Check out the book’s synopsis below:

Noah’s Ark . . . 30,000 years after the flood.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anatham, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting new science fiction epic that tells of global disaster, the near-extinction of all life on Earth, and the seven valiant survivors who battle against all odds to save the human race.

When the moon blows up, the earth’s atmosphere is predicted to go through changes that will eventually lead to a Hard Rain, a meteorite storm that could last for thousands of years, rendering the earth’s surface uninhabitable. In preparation, the nations of the earth send an ark of humans to an International Space Station. But the Station isn’t immune to the galactic catastrophe and many of its people are lost, mostly men. When stability is reached, only seven humans remain, all of them women. Jump forward thirty thousand years. Two peoples exist: those who survived on Earth, living rustic, primitive lives; and those who derived from the Seven Eves of the space station, affluent, sophisticated, organized sects looking to colonize the surface of earth. Stephenson’s next novel is an epic potboiler, with political and military intrigue, and plenty to say about evolution, genetic engineering, and civilization as we know it.

Seveneves is set to be published on May 19, 2015. Are you psyched to see what Stephenson is cooking up next?

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