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"One of science fiction's most reliable practitioners" ( San Francisco Chronicle ) continues his saga of space exploration.

The mysterious alien Others have prohibited humans from space travel-destroying Earth's fleet of starships in a display of unimaginable power. Now Carmen Dula, the first human to encounter Martians and then the mysterious Others, and her colleagues struggle to find a way, using nineteenthcentury technology, to reclaim the future that has been stolen from them.

Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2011.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780441020959
Characteristics: 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Nov 04, 2016

As a conclusion to the trilogy, this was pretty bad.
We readers get no explanation of the weird, psychotic behaviour of the "Others", the race of aliens so powerful they could wipe us out but instead toy with us by turning Physics on and off at will. The aliens are just odd and we have no idea why.
We get some people dying as the main characters stumble across a semi-post-apocalyptic U.S.
There's very little sense of the science fiction that one expects in a sci-fi trilogy.
You could just read "The Death of Grass", a fairly decent post-apocalyptic novel, and get pretty much the same story (including the quest to reach a fortified safe zone etc.)

May 23, 2016

From the start I was not predisposed to like this novel. The premise was weird, the plot implausible, the characters stilted. I started it a Monday afternoon and finished it the next morning. This novel worked into my mind and given its premises did a good job of finishing the trilogy. I gave it an extra ½ star FOR finishing it off as a trilogy. I am sick of other authors who start the arch of a story that needs to span several book and then 9 books later you wonder if there will ever be an end. I am speaking not of book series of a future world, but of stories with an arch.

I have read the two prior books, and they were memorable enough, like this one, where I could remember enough of them to remember them as I read this one. I did feel a blankness as I followed the cold equations of how many people could be supported with 19th Century technology on earth.

Apr 04, 2013

How fitting that the author that really got me going on the "where's my rockerbelt?" stuff should write this minimalist book ( a few pages concerned with reactions of a mule: quiet, he won't draw enemy fire, or the attentions of a criminal, transportation hungry world). Read all else by the author first!


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