The Cusanus Game

The Cusanus Games

( German - Das Cusanus-Spiel - 2005 )

novel by Wolfgang Jeschke

translated by Ross Benjamin

Published: Tor - hardback - 2013
ISBN: 076531908X / 9780765319081

Tor - e-book - 2013
eISBN: 1429988711 / 9781429988711

Tor - trade paperback - 2014
ISBN: 0765319098 / 9780765319098

Biologist Domenica Ligrina fears her planet is dying. She might be right.
An atomic disaster near the French-German border has contaminated Northern Europe with radioactivity. Economic and political calamities are destroying the whole planet. Human DNA is mutating, plant species are going extinct, and scientists are feverishly working on possible solutions. It becomes increasingly apparent that the key to future salvation lies in the past. In 2052 a secret research facility in the Vatican is recruiting scientists for a mission to restore the flora of the irradiated territories. The institute claims to have time travel. When Domenica's sometime-lover tells her that he knows her future but that she must decide her own fate, she enlists despite his ambiguous warning.
The Middle Ages hold Domenica spellbound. She immerses herself in the mysteries, puzzles, and peculiarities of a culture foreign to her, though she risks changing the past with effects far more disastrous than radiation poisoning. Perhaps there is more than one Domenica, and more than one catastrophe.


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