A downed terraforming ship. An ice planet. A hostile alien race. Delia Kemp has had better expeditions.
Stranded, alone and hunted by the native Skelt for her scientific knowledge, Delia is chased across the undiscovered world of Valinda as its long winter comes to an end and a blistering summer approaches.
Strange new companions, phantasmagorical landscapes, and a death-defying dash across Valinda’s fiery equator lead Delia ever close to the valley of Mahkanda – where salvation just might be waiting…
Eric Brown began writing when he was fifteen and sold his first short story to Interzone in 1986. He has won the British Science Fiction Award twice for his short stories, and his novel Helix Wars was shortlisted for the 2012 Philip K. Dick award. He has published over fifty books, and his latest include the crime novel Murder at the Loch, and the SF novel Jani and the Great Pursuit. He has also written a dozen books for children and over a hundred and thirty short stories. He writes a monthly science fiction review column for the Guardian newspaper and lives in Cockburnspath, Scotland.