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.
"The Fortress at the End of Time is an essential read, and feels like a throwback to the era of classic science fiction from authors such as Frank Herbert or Ursula K. Le Guin." —The Verge
"McDermott manages to paint a vivid world in a few pages." —The Washington Post
"The story works on many different levels... readers will be sucked in." —Romantic Times
"I can say this, Joe M. McDermott's Fortress at the End of Time is an intellectual bombastic space opera" —Paul Jessup, author of Glass Coffin Girls
"The Fortress at the End of Time is a brilliant novel." —Geek Ireland
"The Fortress at the End of Time will hit all of the right spots with science fiction fans. Fast paced, but incredibly thoughtful, McDermott creates an unforgettable world at the end of the universe." —Teresa Frohock, author of Los Nefilim
"A highly original, completely affecting work." —Mysterious Galaxy