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In 2026, the Earth faces an unexpected disaster. A supernova in the nearby Alpha Centauri system has apparently wiped out nearly every electronic component on the planet, leaving human civilization paralyzed. Phones don't work, transportation grinds to a halt, and essential services such as medical care are thrown back into the Stone Age. As the world tries to cope with this technological cut-off, a man dying of cancer begins a journey to save his life and that of his fellow patients, a master criminal escapes a sentence of "judiciary sleep," a returning Mars expedition faces what looks like certain death, and U.S. president Saul Steinmetz strives to keep his country from falling apart. Author Charles Sheffield has taken a classic hard-SF concept, applied it to the real world, and created a gripping story of survival. --Craig E. Engler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ho-hum: it's another global disaster. This time, a supernova has caused disastrous climatic effects and, if that's not enough, it has also sent out a massive electromagnetic pulse that has disabled all electrical devices worldwide. Sheffield centers his tale on the personal rather than the global?three people with a very specific problem: their experimental cancer treatment has been disrupted, and the only chance they have for a cure lies with a man who has been sentenced to "judicial sleep"?the humane alternative to imprisonment?for serial murder. In addition, there's the crew of the first manned expedition to Mars, struggling to return to Earth; a powerful cult known as the Eye of God; and one Saul Steinmetz, the anguished president of the United States. Most of the main characters are one-dimensional and seem at least as interested in their love lives and personal relationships as they are in the state of the world. Still, Sheffield (Tomorrow & Tomorrow), who has won Hugo, Nebula and John W. Campbell awards, has taken an often-used scenario and given it enough of a twist to keep the pages turning.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This books was a surprise to me. I read a lot of post-apocalypric fiction & expected the usual, chaos & the struggle to survive. There was very little of that. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Griffith
Other reviews for this book are all over the board, some love it, some hate it. Here's the deal. If you have read other titles by Charles Sheffield and enjoyed them, you'll enjoy... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Paul D. Cobbs
For most of the book, we get to follow Art and Dana, though we do get snippets of other people like the astronauts, the US President, the leader of the militant sect, etc. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by S
Post holocaust type SF novel that has a touch of Allen Drury 1960's style political intrigue. The beginning is intriguing and fast paced, then the story settles down some. Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Watson McFestus
Science fiction writers often base a plot on changing one variable in a set that readers simply accept as universal givens. Read morePublished on July 9, 2008 by Martin Asiner
Fantastic book, one of the best I ever read. I started reading it, and being is it is so interesting, lost track of time and 5 hours went by, it's THAT good. Read morePublished on January 27, 2008 by John Hancock
The problem with this one is that it has LOTS of different lil subplots and doesn't really center on Any of them. Read morePublished on March 2, 2007 by Brandt Goetz
I have to echo a number of other reviews, this was a decent book. My biggest gripe was that the author skipped over some interesting plotlines to finish the book. Read morePublished on January 22, 2007 by mr sachmo
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Everyone has heard the line "repent! The end of the world is near! Read more