The Noise Revealed

Released 12 May 2011

By Ian Whates

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When mankind made 'first contact' with the Byrzaens, the age old question of whether we are alone in the universe was finally answered …

But black ops specialist Jim Leyton and scientist-cum-business-mogul-turned-AI Philip Kaufman both begin to suspect that this profound moment in human history is not what it seems – as they find themselves pitted against the vested interests of human and alien, in both the real world and in the realm known as Virtuality.

In the follow up to his acclaimed novel The Noise Within, Ian Whates cements his position as a major new voice in science-fiction with a thrilling tale of deadly games played for high stakes amid vast conspiracies.

In a world of posthumans, powerful AIs, virtual worlds and faster-than-light travel, there is little left that can truly challenge humanity’s grip on their world... except the discovery of alien life. Billionaire industrialist Philip Kaufman and top government black-ops agent Jim Leyton have their lives turned upside-down by the mysterious pirate vessel The Noise Within, which seems to be able to do the impossible: to travel between the stars without the wormholes that the ULAW’s own ships require. Hunted and betrayed, the two men eventually make the discovery that will change the human race forever, and make first contact with intelligent life from another world.

The Noise Within established Ian Whates as a talent to be reckoned with, blending hard SF and high-octane space opera in an explosive mix reminiscent of Alastair Reynolds or Iain M. Banks at their best. A thrilling  and original setting of life-changing technology and murderous intrigue, the United League of Allied Worlds is a place you’ll want to come back to.

 “The Noise Within is an A+ for me ... I expect it to develop to be among the best space opera series around.”
-Fantasy Book Critic

“Unreasonably enjoyable. 24 meets Starship Troopers.If you read Reynolds, Hamilton, Banks – read this.”
– Stephen Baxter on The Noise Within

UK: 9781907519536 | 12 May 2011
US: 9781907519543 | 12 May 2011



Ian Whates

Ian Whates is a director of both the Science-Fiction Writers Association and the British Science-Fiction Association. He is also the proprietor and editor of NewCon Press. He has written two novels and edited four anthologies for Solaris.

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