What if the cataclysmic Tunguska explosion of 1908 was caused, not by a meteor or a comet, but by a microscopic black hole?
What if that fantastic object - smaller than an atom, older than the stars, heavier than a mountain - is still down there, orbiting deep inside the earth, slowly consuming the planet?
What if only a rookie government agent and an uncannily-insightful consultant stand between a renegade Russian billionaire and his plans to use the black hole to change history - or end it?
What if it's all true?
For an alternative view of the Tunguska event and to explore the science behind Singularity, visit the Vurdalak Conjecture website.
* Winner of the Gold Medal for Science Fiction in Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
* Winner of the Independent Publishers Association's Ippy prize for Best Fantasy/Science Fiction novel of 2004
"Singularity is a swift, gripping novel with a goose-pimple mix of scary science and near-future action. An excellent debut from Bill DeSmedt - and I'll be looking forward to his next one!"- Greg Bear, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author
"DeSmedt veers an action-packed thriller into perilous realms of black hole physics. The combination of adrenaline and intellect sizzles."
- David Brin, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author
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Singularity's over, but the science behind it goes on. Join everybody's favorite cosmologist as he delves deeper into the Tunguska Event right here on Podiobooks.com.
Chapter 47: The Last Word
The Great Singularity Q and A Episode.
Chapter 46 - Epilogue: The Bridge
... Or not.
Chapter 45: Mopping Up
All over but the debriefing.
Chapter 44: Last Row on the Chessboard
It all comes down to this.
Chapter 43: Le Mot Juste
This is the way the world ends ...
Spies and physics: what more could you want?
This espionage story is a lot of fun. And I'm sure it would have been Stephen Hawking's favorite spy novel. And you can tell how central the physics is to the story by the fact that, if I told you any more about the physics, it would be a spoiler!
Dusty SciFi Thriller
We get to know one of the two women character’s exact weight right up front (if you’re a man who writes, don’t do this unless you’re somehow subverting this yuck), and the use of her character goes downhill from there (she just has to sleep with the author insert character, etc). The off-the-shelf Cold War espionage thriller plot hasn’t aged very well in general — but some of the talk about what it was like to grow up with that was pretty okay. And there is a whole unfortunate (racist) thing with an “aged shaman” and hallucinogens. That said … the stuff about the black holes is interesting (even how the shaman story had clues) and seemed to have some okay science (just guessing that it was okay as I’m not a particle physicist) that was especially timely when this was written. Time travel stuff is almost always a bit of a problem child, it gets so silly. I always love the reclusive tech person trope.
Listen and you will not want it to end.