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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (375 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Sheffield Narrator: Gary Dikeos Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Supernova Alpha Series Release Date:
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It’s 2026, and catastrophe has struck from an unexpected source. The Alpha Centauri supernova has risen like a second sun, rushing Earth toward its last summer. Floods, fires, starvation, and disease paralyze the planet. In a blue aurora flash of gamma rays, all microchips worldwide are destroyed, leaving an already devastated Earth without communications, transportation, weaponry, or medicine.

The disaster sets three groups of survivors on separate quests. A militant cult seizes the opportunity to free their leader, known as the Eye of God, from the long-term coma to which a court sentenced her. Three cancer patients also search for a man in judicial sleep: the brilliant scientist—and monstrous criminal—who alone can continue the experimental treatment that keeps them alive. From a far greater distance come the survivors of the first manned Mars expedition, struggling homeward to a world that has changed far beyond their darkest fears. And standing at the crossroads is one man, US President Saul Steinmetz, who faces a crucial decision that will affect the fate of his own people—and the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sheffield clothes the most advanced speculations of modern science in alluring forms of beauty and danger.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Charles Sheffield has taken a classic hard–SF concept, applied it to the real world, and created a gripping story of survival.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Charles Sheffield is one of the very best hard science fiction writers in the world.”

    Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy

  • “Sheffield…has taken an often-used scenario and given it enough of a twist to keep the pages turning.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A fascinating and complex tale of human determination and survival…Sheffield provides a variety of unique voices that add a distinctive perspective to his story. Most libraries should add this well-written SF thriller to their collections.”

    Library Journal

  • “Hard-science SF meets the disaster novel, and since the matchmaker is the accomplished Sheffield, the science is not hard going, and the novel is anything but disastrous…The characterization and writing are superior.”


  • “Professionally handled and ingeniously extrapolated and with engrossing plot elements, this entry is complete in itself but clearly anticipates sequels.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Connie | 2/13/2014

    " Wow. This is the 2nd book that I've read, w/the 1st one being Snapped. She continued the story exactly where she left off on the first book and I really appreciated that. If I hadn't read the 1st soon afterward, it would have helped to jog my memory. I loved that. The story flowed very well and had me totally captivated. I finished this book in 2 days and that's saying something since they were workdays. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/1/2014

    " Aftermath: A Snapped Novel by Tracy Brown is an interesting study of a number of women and the emotions they feel as they deal with the situations life has thrown at them (and situations they have created based upon choices they've made). I did not read Snapped, the first book in the series, and it was tough to keep track of the various characters because the viewpoint moves back and forth quickly. If you've read Snapped, then you probably won't struggle at the beginning as I did. Once you become acquainted with the characters -- Misa, Camille, Frankie, Latoya, Dominique & Octavia -- you can laugh and cry with them, and appreciate the bonds that tie them together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sharell | 1/30/2014

    " I felt what the characters went through in this book. THe book was a little slower than what I'm used to - especially the trial portion but overall I connected with the characters and it was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Damika | 1/15/2014

    " Welp, she got me again. I read this whole book in ONE sitting. I was not disappointed in the followup. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Sheffield

Charles Sheffield (1935–2002) was a mathematician, physicist, and author of both nonfiction and science fiction. For his novel Brother to Dragons, he won the 1992 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. He won the Nebula Award in 1993 and the Hugo Award in 1994 for his novelette Georgia on My Mind. He was a president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and of the American Astronautical Society. He served as chief scientist of Earth Satellite Corporation, a company that processed remote sensing satellite data. He was a distinguished lecturer of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a board member of the National Space Society. Born and educated in England, he held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics and a doctorate in theoretical physics.