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Riverhead Books
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Nicholas Binge lives and teaches in Edinburgh. This is his first book in the U.S.


Praise for Ascension

"[Ascension] is smarlty paced, deploying twists and turns strategically to keep the reader moving. . Binge's crisp prose moves well between science fiction conceps, Gothic terror and fast-paced action sequences. . .For fans of well-wrought science fiction and cosmic horror scares, Ascension is worth the climb."--The New York Times Book Review

"A lovingly retold version of a classic horror thriller, but with more humanity and real emotion; it is the story of a broken man and what redemption looks like in the real world. . .[an] excellent page-turner. . .Ascension is thoroughly recommended--a macabre, escapist pleasure for the thoughtful set."--The Wall Street Journal

"Binge's eerie speculative thriller looks both outward at the edges of scientific understanding, and inward at the meaning of responsibility, remorse and the human capacity for salvaging mercy from tragedy." --The Washington Post

"A vertiginous tale of discovery, horror and weird, time-bending phenomena. . .Using the mountain as a metaphor for humankind's constant striving towards grace and knowledge, Nicholas Binge's Ascension explores themes of faith and determinism, with plenty of hardcore science thrown in. . .frequent references to the Sisyphus myth help to elevate it above its pulp-thriller concept. . .the author also provides well-sustained tension and some excitingly wrought scenes of violence."--The Financial Times

"[An] eerie metaphysical thriller which recalls literary nightmare fodder like Scott Smith's The Ruins and Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation. . . Sleep tight!"--Entertainment Weekly

"A heady mix of wildly imaginative, action-packed storytelling and probing philosophical examination of--quite literally--the meaning of life....[Ascension is] full of frenetic action and packed with twists and turns, gun fights and villains, but it's also a sustained reflection on the limits of being human."--The Chicago Review of Books

"Ascension is a pastiche of august influences. The epistolary structure is borrowed from Dracula. The doomed expedition that drives Harold mad is akin to H. P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness. . . .Binge earns his place among these literary lights with an expert story of creeping dread and cosmological horror."--Booklist

"Incredible. . .Pitch-perfect."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

"An accomplished and clever speculative thriller that explores the limits of human knowledge." --The Sunday Times (UK)

"A cross between Journey to the Center of the Earth and Heart of Darkness. . . An entertaining SF thriller."--Kirkus Reviews

"Thrilling. . .full of exploration and intriguing thoughts about the true nature of life on Earth. . .An exciting story where the undiscovered wonders of Earth prove as exciting as those out in the galaxy."--Library Journal

"A rollicking good read. Playful, inventive and vivid, with addictive narrative drive. Astonishingly accomplished."--Lionel Shriver, bestselling author of We Need To Talk About Kevin

"Binge has written a profound and elegiac story that examines science, faith and the concept of humanity itself -- what it means to live and die, to yearn and strive, and all the spaces in between. I will be thinking about this one for a long time!" --Sunyi Dean, bestselling author of The Book Eaters

"A science fiction mystery that uses a classical concept, but with a beating heart. Both the science and the suspense are perfection, all held together by a robust emotional core. I enjoyed it immensely." --Tade Thompson, award-winning author of Rosewater and Far from the Light of Heaven

"Exerts an irresistible pull, setting not only a scientific search in motion but also a transcendent quest to unravel mysteries of existence and human meaning. Suspenseful yet also deeply contemplative in turns, this is a novel that spins the mind and asks us to step with it into the unworldly." --Pitchaya Sudbanthad, author of Bangkok Wakes to Rain

"A scintillating speculative mystery, a harrowing survival adventure, and a stirring love story--Nicholas Binge's Ascension is a mountain of a novel. I was whipping through the pages until I reached its peak."--Katie Williams, author of Tell the Machine Goodnight