History of What Comes Next
Sylvain Neuvel

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Narrated By: Jilly Bond, Richard Trinder, Andrew Byron, Dugald Bruce Lockhart, Imogen Wilde, Kevin Shen, Sylvain Neuvel, Laila Pyne, Thoms Judd

Duration: 9 hours and 22 minutes

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Imagine everything you thought you knew about human progress was wrong. What would you do?

Mia is not sure what she is, but she isn't human. Smarter, stronger than her peers, all she knows are the rules: there can never be three for too long; always run, never fight.

When she finds herself in Germany, 1945, she must turn the Nazi's most trusted scientist with an offer: abandon the crumbling Nazi party, escape Germany with your life, come to work for the Americans building rockets.

But someone is watching her work. An enemy who's smarter, stronger, decidedly not human and prepared to do anything to retrieve something ancient that was long lost.

If only she had any idea what it was . . .

© Sylvain Neuvel 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


Science fiction: aliens / UFOs, Alternative history fiction, Second World War fiction, Science fiction: military, Warfare and defence

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Clever and compelling, it will keep you enthralled until the end

Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of <i>The Oppenheimer Alternative</i>

A stellar debut which masterfully blends sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. So much more than the sum of its parts - a page-turner of the highest order

Kirkus Reviews

A dark and ambitious book. Neuvel is forging ahead

SFX Magazine

Praise for the THEMIS FILES




An alt-history with a difference. Traces the true story of the development of rocket science but adds an alien-conspiracy-theory edge in the shape of a fictional team of mother-daughter clones. Along with the problems faced by women trying to change the world (or at least get men to listen to them), they are threatened by a mysterious 'Tracker' who has spent centuries trying to kill them. Good fun


Wry narration, wired action . . . Fans of alternate history and intelligent sci-fi will love this

Publishers Weekly

Highly crafted and unique

Library Journal

There's real cleverness at work here. Mia, bent on getting humanity sufficiently technologically developed so that they can leave Earth, makes some dodgy-sounding moral choices as she works towards humanity's salvation

The Times

It's fascinating to see how Neuvel weaves together fact and fiction . . . a blast. Seriously clever


Reminiscent of The Martian and World War Z, this is a luminous conspiracy yarn that shoots for (and lands among) the stars