A world of endless sky, with no land, no gravity: this is Virga. Beginning in the seminal science fiction novel Sun of Suns, the saga of this striking world has introduced us to the people of stubborn pride and resilience who have made Virga their home; but also, always lurking beyond the walls of the world, to the mysterious threat known only as Artificial Nature.
In The Sunless Countries,
history tutor Leal Hieronyma Maspeth became the first human in centuries
to learn the true nature of this threat. Her reward was exile, but
now, in Ashes of Candesce, Artificial Nature makes its final bid
to destroy Virga, and it is up to Leal to unite the quarrelling clans of
her world to fight the threat.
Ashes of Candesce brings together all the heroes of the Virga series, and draws the diverse threads of the previous storylines together into one climactic conflict. Blending steampunk styling with a far-future setting and meditations on the posthuman condition, Ashes of Candesce mixes high adventure and cutting-edge ideas in a fitting climax to one of science fiction’s most innovative series.
Karl Schroeder is a professional futurist as well as one of Canada's most popular science fiction and fantasy authors. He divides his time between writing fiction and analyzing, conducting workshops and speaking on the potential impacts of science and technology on society. The author of several novels, he has been translated into about a dozen languages. Karl lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.