Fractal Noise is the thrilling prequel to the masterful space opera To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by internationally bestselling author of Eragon, Christopher Paolini. On the planet Talos VII, twenty-three years before the events of To Sleep in a Sea of Stars , an anomaly is detected. A vast circular pit, with dimensions so perfect that it could only have been the result of conscious design. So a small team is assembled to learn more - perhaps even who built the hole and why. Their mission will take them on a hazardous trek to the very edge of existence. For one explorer, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. For another, a risk not worth taking. And for xenobiologist Alex Crichton, it''s a desperate attempt to find meaning in an uncaring universe. But every step they take toward that mysterious abyss is more punishing than the last. Ultimately, no one is prepared for what they will encounter.
Goodreads Choice Award for Best Science Fiction Novel To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a masterful epic science fiction novel from the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of the Inheritance Cycle, Christopher Paolini. Kira Navarez dreamed of life on new worlds Now she''s awakened a nightmare During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she''s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move . As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn''t at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human. While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity''s greatest and final hope . . . Praise for Christopher Paolini and his work: ''Christopher Paolini is a true rarity'' - Washington Post ''An authentic work of great talent'' - New York Times Book Review ''A breathtaking and unheard of success'' - USA Today '' C hristopher Paolini make[s] literary magic'' - People