The Fortress at the End of Time (Paperback)

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In The Fortress at the End of Time, Joe McDermott writes military science fiction of an almost unbearable psychological intensity. Ensign Ronaldo Aldo, a clone posted to the farthest outpost of human galactic civilization, is torn by the angst of clones, doubting his own humanity. He encounters in excruciating detail the mania and despair of military personnel isolated in the ultimate dead-end assignment. He suffers both the guilt of those who crack under the strain and the guilt of those who survive. And he finds himself obscurely sustained by the hope of transcendence that sustains people stressed continuously to their limit. A highly original, completely affecting work.

— From David's Diamonds


One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017

Captain Ronaldo Aldo has committed an unforgivable crime. He will ask for forgiveness all the same: from you, from God, even from himself.

Connected by ansible, humanity has spread across galaxies and fought a war against an enemy that remains a mystery. At the edge of human space sits the Citadel--a relic of the war and a listening station for the enemy's return. For a young Ensign Aldo, fresh from the academy and newly cloned across the ansible line, it's a prison from which he may never escape.

Deplorable work conditions and deafening silence from the blackness of space have left morale on the station low and tensions high. Aldo's only hope of transcending his station, and cloning a piece of his soul somewhere new is both his triumph and his terrible crime.

The Fortress at the End of Time is a new science fiction novel from Joe M. McDermott.

About the Author

JOE M. McDERMOTT is best known for the novels Last Dragon, Never Knew Another, and Maze. His work has appeared in Asimov s, Analog, and Lady Churchill s Rosebud Wristlet. He holds an MFA from the University of Southern Maine s Stonecoast Program. He lives in Texas."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780765392817
ISBN-10: 076539281X
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 17th, 2017
Pages: 272
Language: English