Pushing Ice

Written by:
Alastair Reynolds
Narrated by:
John Lee

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2010
19 hours 36 minutes
2057. Humanity has raised exploiting the solar system to an art form. Bella Lind and the crew of her nuclear-powered ship, the Rockhopper, push ice. They mine comets. And they're good at it.

The Rockhopper is nearing the end of its current mission cycle, and everyone is desperate for some much-needed R & R, when startling news arrives from Saturn: Janus, one of Saturn's ice moons, has inexplicably left its natural orbit and is now heading out of the solar system at high speed.

As layers of camouflage fall away, it becomes clear that Janus was never a moon in the first place. It's some kind of machine-and it is now headed toward a fuzzily glimpsed artifact 260 light-years away. The Rockhopper is the only ship anywhere near Janus, and Bella Lind is ordered to shadow it for the few vital days before it falls forever out of reach.

In accepting this mission, she sets her ship and her crew on a collision course with destiny-for Janus has more surprises in store, and not all of them are welcome.
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So as you can tell, I'm an Alastair Reynolds fan. Great out there sci fi, awesome concepts and a brilliant imagination. Usually has a turn to the gothic. One of his biggest weakness is characters - so Pushing Ice is a bit of a revelation here. The characters are really the focal point of this novel. It's at heart basically a story about friendship, and how people grow apart but can also grow back together. Set against a hard sci fi backdrop thousands of years in the making, Reynolds does a great job blending the two stories together into a whole. I agree with Kimberly C that it can seem to plod at points - but these areas tend to focus on the relationships instead of fast paced adventure. The story is there, but different from his usual fare. Don't be discouraged though - plenty of brilliant imagination throughout the book from technical problems to unique alien cultures. Definitely worth the read.

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Jacob M.

great book

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Sean C.

Pushing Ice will go down as one of the great first contact tales.

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Kimberly C

Good underlying science fiction concepts. Great storyline. It just drags on slowly and there's a lot of drama. Not my cup of tea.

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