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The Beauty of Destruction

By Gavin G. Smith

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In the past, present and future, humanity is under attack from a mysterious dark power. The invasion reaches its shattering conclusion in this epic space opera.

In the far future, after the Loss of Earth, war has begun and an unknowable alien race has awakened, intent on the destruction of everything.

Here and now, the end of the world has come. And the only way our species will survive is if two augmented humans can fight their way through apocalypse to a faint glimmer of hope.

Long ago, the seeds of that apocalypse were resisted by the warrior tribes of Britain, with devastating consequences for them and their lands.

And all three of these times will meet on another world . . .

Biographical Notes

Gavin Smith lives in Leicester. With a degree in media production and an MA in Medieval History he is the worst person in the world to watch a historical movie with. He may be the best person to write the next book you read if you like your SF cranked up to maximum.

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  • ISBN: 9780575127210
  • Publication date: 21 Jan 2016
  • Page count: 592
  • Imprint: Gollancz
This a very readable, fantastical romp across the past, present and future. Well recommended. — Upcoming 4 Me
The Beauty of Destruction is a brutal barnburner that ends an amazing trilogy; it's raw and violent yet it's also brilliant piece of work. — The Book Beard Blog
Gavin Smith's writing is a brutal kaleidoscope of imagination, with the raw energy of a heavy metal album cover: equally dazzling with bloodthirsty ancient Picts and the fallen post-humans of tomorrow. — Hannu Rajaniemi, author of The Causal Angel
Age Of Scorpio announces loud and clear that in Gavin Smith an exceptional talent has arrived to uplift SF. The book is a master class of twisting plot lines that celebrate both the weird and astounding, amid a future that's deeply unnerving yet equally compelling. — Peter F Hamilton
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