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  • Published: 2 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241445136
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $32.99

A History of What Comes Next

The captivating speculative fiction perfect for fans of The Eternals

Imagine everything you thought you knew about human progress was wrong. What would you do?

Germany, 1945.

Mia, a nineteen-year-old girl, is sent by the OSS to find Wernher von Braun. Her mission: stop the Russians getting hold of Germany - and the world's - foremost rocket scientist.

Von Braun is suspicious. And so he should be.

For Mia is no ordinary girl. She only looks human. And helping the Allies win the Second World War is but one part of her plan.

Because there's an even darker conflict on Earth. A secret struggle thousands of years old. It has engulfed and taken generations of Mia's people.

But can the firing of rockets finally bring about its end?

Can Mia, as the last of her kind, bring the stars down to earth?

And if she succeeds, what will happen to us?

  • Published: 2 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9780241445136
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel is the author of the Themis Files trilogy: Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods, and the upcoming Only Human. Sleeping Giants has been optioned by Sony Pictures for development into a film and was sold for translation into twenty languages. He lives in Montreal.

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Praise for A History of What Comes Next

It's fascinating to see how Neuvel weaves together fact and fiction . . . a blast. Seriously clever


An alt-history with a difference. Traces the true story of the development of rocket science but adds an alien-conspiracy-theory edge in the shape of a fictional team of mother-daughter clones. Along with the problems faced by women trying to change the world (or at least get men to listen to them), they are threatened by a mysterious 'Tracker' who has spent centuries trying to kill them. Good fun


A dark and ambitious book. Neuvel is forging ahead

SFX Magazine

Wry narration, wired action . . . Fans of alternate history and intelligent sci-fi will love this

Publishers Weekly

Clever and compelling, it will keep you enthralled until the end

Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of <i>The Oppenheimer Alternative</i>

Highly crafted and unique

Library Journal

There's real cleverness at work here. Mia, bent on getting humanity sufficiently technologically developed so that they can leave Earth, makes some dodgy-sounding moral choices as she works towards humanity's salvation

The Times

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