Fractal Noise is the second addition to Christopher Paolini’s scifi universe, the Fractalverse! The novel is a prequel to Christopher’s scifi debut, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars (2020), taking place twenty-three years before To Sleep.
The book released on May 16th, 2023 in North America and the United Kingdom and is available in many other countries worldwide.
Interested readers can start with Fractal Noise – reading To Sleep first isn’t necessary.
Here’s the book’s synopsis:
July 25th, 2234: The crew of the Adamura discovers the Anomaly.
On the seemingly uninhabited planet Talos VII: a circular pit, 50 kilometers wide. Its curve not of nature, but design.
Now, a small team must land and journey on foot across the surface to learn who built the hole and why. But they all carry the burdens of lives carved out on disparate colonies in the cruel cold of space. For some the mission is the dream of the lifetime, for others a risk not worth taking, and for one it is a desperate attempt to find meaning in an uncaring universe.
Each step they take toward the mysterious abyss is more punishing than the last. And the ghosts of their past follow.
Christopher elaborated on the novel in a press release announcing the book:
“Fractal Noise is a fever-dream of a novel. A stark, wind-whipped excursion into a hostile land where minds and bodies fail, and each person must decide whether they have the strength to keep moving forward in the face of overwhelming adversity. Of course, that’s not what it’s actually about, but you’ll have to read to find out more. Fractal Noise is, perhaps, the most personal story I’ve written, and I’m excited to finally share it with you.”