The Stone Gods

Jeanette Winterson

Harcourt,  April 2008

On the airwaves, all the talk is of the new blue planet -- pristine and habitable, like our own was 65 million years ago, before we took it to the edge of destruction. And off the air, Billie Crusoe and the renegade robo-sapian Spike are falling in love. Along with Captain Handsome and Pink, they're assigned to colonize the new blue planet. But when a technical maneuver intended to make it inhabitable backfires, Billie and Spike's flight to the future becomes a surprising return to the distant past -- "Everything is imprinted forever with what it once was." What will happen when their story combines with the world's story? Will they -- and we -- ever find a safe landing place?

An interplanetary love story -- of Billie and Spike, of the past and the future; a traveler's tale; a hymn to the beauty of the world: The Stone Gods is Jeanette Winterson at her brilliant best. What begins as a witty, satirical futurist adventure deepens into a dazzling exploration of our relationship to environment, to power and technology, and to what defines us as humans. Playful, passionate, polemical, and frequently very funny, this is a novel that will change forever the stories we tell about the earth, about love, and about stories themselves.

hardcover | ISBN: 9780151014910 | Publication Date: April 2008

"The Stone Gods is a vivid, cautionary tale -- or, more precisely, a keen lament for our irremediably incautious species."
--Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian (London)

"Winterson's most adventurous and engrossing novel in some years . . . If she keeps on like this there may be a glimmer of hope for the future after all."
--The Daily Telegraph (London)

"[Winterson]  can shift shape, self, and time, she uses repetition as if it were spell-making. Everything she does suspends readers between the mind and the body, between 'atom and dream.' She is a kind of magician. She can do anything."
--Ali Smith

"This witty, challenging and thought-provoking novel should be essential reading for anyone concerned how we live and how we might survive."
--Daily Mail (London)