This novel begins on June 26th with the disappearance of one of the moons of Jupiter. On September 28th, a geologist working in Death Valley finds a mysterious new cinder cone in very well-mapped area. On October 1st, the government of Australia announces the discovery of an enormous granite mountain. Like the cinder cone, it wasn't there six months ago. Something is happening to Planet Earth, and the truth is too terrifying to consider. With this vast, unsettling, well-written yarn, Bear offers "one of the most striking novels in modern science ficition" (Locus).
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Camped beside the mountain that should not have been there, wrapped in cold desert darkness, Edward Shaw could not sleep. He heard steady breathing from the still forms of his two companions, and marveled at their ease.
He had written in his notebook:
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The mound is approximately five hundred meters long and half as wide, perhaps a hundred meters high, (apparently) the basaltic cinder cone of a dead volcano, covered with boulder- and cobble-sized chunks of dark black scoria and surrounded by fine white quartz sand. It is not on