Twenty-five years in the future, and our planet is facing a natural Armageddon that threatens all life on Earth - Professor Jim Al-Khalili combines rip-roaring storytelling and mind-expanding science in his debut thriller.
Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS is a quantum physicist, author and broadcaster based at the University of Surrey where he holds a joint chair in physics and the public engagement in science. He has written ten books, translated into over twenty languages. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries and also presents the long-running weekly BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific. A recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the inaugural Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, he is also the current president of the British Science Association. He received an OBE in 2007 for 'services to science' and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2018. Sunfall is his first novel. Jim Al-Khalili lives in Hampshire.
"Reminiscent of vintage Arthur C. Clarke . . . has a chilling,
nail-biting authenticity." -- James Lovegrove * FINANCIAL TIMES
"The Day After Tomorrow meets Neuromancer . . . When the planet's magnetic field fails, the naked sun threatens to deliver an extinction level event now - and every century - unless a high-tech near future humanity can save itself. Sunfall is sizzling stuff. And the best informed techno-thriller you are ever likely to read." -- STEPHEN BAXTER, author of the Xeelee sequence
"With its well-crafted world-building, cutting-edge science, and believable, engaging characters caught in a desperate race to stave off the end of the world, this fast-paced near-future thriller is an impressive debut novel from one of our foremost science communicators. Brilliant! " -- Professor IAN STEWART, co-author of The Science of Discworld series
"A thrilling futuristic page-turner of a novel in which the future of science, and the technology that underpins it, is as gripping as the plot." -- Professor MARK MIODOWNIK, author of Stuff Matters
"Packed with insights and action, Sunfall is a pacy and enlightening antidote to the usual dystopian drone about the unexpected consequences of technology, or when perverted science spins out of control. Jim Al-Khalili's debut page-turner describes how, when our local star threatens Armageddon, science really can save the day." -- Professor ROGER HIGHFIELD, science writer and director of The Science Museum
"A wonderfully assured fusion of science fact and science fiction that takes the reader on a frightening narrative rollercoaster right up to the last page, exploring what physics might have in store for the future of the Earth. Featuring a wonderful cast of characters, Al-Khalili's novel shows why it's experts like him who humanity will need if we hope to survive. Brilliant. Al-Khalili is the Carl Sagan of our generation.'" -- Professor MARCUS DU SAUTOY, author of The Creativity Code