Juggling at the Dragon Festival in Melbourne, Florida.
When the moon blows up, the earth’s atmosphere is predicted to go through changes thatwill 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 anark of humans to an International Space Station. But the Station isn’t immune to thegalactic 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. Twopeoples exist: those who survived on Earth, living rustic, primitive lives; and those whoderived from the Seven Eves of the space station, affluent, sophisticated, organized sectslooking to colonize the surface of earth. Stephenson’s next novel is an epic potboiler, withpolitical and military intrigue, and plenty to say about evolution, genetic engineering, andcivilization as we know it.