by Sadhna Shanker

  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-5121-6
  2. Pages: 327 pages
  3. Date: 1 April 2018


The location is a planet in outer space inhabited by antagonistic species.

The night Seeni died, the fault line reappeared. The existing equilibrium between men and women, the antagonistic species that inhabit Elone began to crumble. If a clash happens, how long would it last? What would remain? Who? How many? Were they heading for a time like the last days on Earth?

As each side regroups along the Fence, Maya, a woman’s consciousness from twenty-third century Earth, reveals the past intertwined existence of men and women. Would knowledge of their shared past change the course for the future?

Delving into ideas of divergence, immortality and consequent new social constructs, Ascendance is set in a world that represents a possible, and not a dystopian future.


Sadhna Shanker is an Indian author, blogger and civil servant. This is her fifth book after Never a Disconnect (2010), When the Parallels Meet (2007), Ahlan wa-Sahlan–A Syrian Journey (2006) and Catching Fireflies (2016).

She has written for the International Herald Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, The Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Huffington Post and The Wire. She is based in New Delhi, India.

She blogs at

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