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7th sigma
Other title(s):
Seventh sigma
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, 2011.
Physical Description:
384 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
In the desert Southwest, Kimble Monroe and others fight for their lives against the "bugs," self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines.


Call Number
Gould, S.

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Welcome to the territory. Leave your metal behind, all of it. The bugs will eat it, and they'll go right through you to get it...Don't carry it, don't wear it, and for god's sake don't come here if you've got a pacemaker.

The bugs showed up about fifty years ago--self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. No one knows where they came from. They don't like water, though, so they've stayed in the desert Southwest. The territory. People still live here, but they do it without metal. Log cabins, ceramics, what plastic they can get that will survive the sun and heat. Technology has adapted, and so have the people.

Kimble Monroe has chosen to live in the territory. He was born here, and he is extraordinarily well adapted to it. He's one in a million. Maybe one in a billion.

In 7th Sigma, Gould builds an extraordinary SF novel of survival and personal triumph against all the odds.

Author Notes

STEVEN GOULD is the author of Jumper , Wildside , Helm , Blind Waves , Reflex , and Jumper: Griffin's Story , as well as many short stories. He is the recipient of the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and has been nominated for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards. Gould lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon and their two daughters.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

In statistics, the Greek letter sigma is the sign used to denote standard deviation. An event with a standard deviation of seven has odds against it of roughly 99.99 percent. Th. 7th sigm. of the book's title is a young man named Kimble, who lives, by his own choice, in the most dangerous place in the world: New Mexico, where the bugs metal-eating, self-replicating machines that mysterious appeared half a century ago have taken up residence. (The bugs aren't fond of water and so stay in the arid Southwest.) Although it sounds like the premise of a postapocalyptic science-fiction adventure, the novel reads more like a western, the bugs functioning mainly as a way to isolate Kimble and his community from the rest of the country, as though it were a Wild West settlement. Like many of Gould's novels (e.g., Wildside, 1996), the novel features a young hero and a coming-of-age theme, as Kimble discovers he has a unique gift that can be used to protect the people he loves and perhaps save the world, too. Nicely handled.--Pitt, Davi. Copyright 2010 Booklist