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The Great War is over and humans have spread across the solar system, but mathematician Alex Ligon's complex computer model has just predicted that humanity is inexplicably doomed within a century. At the same time, scientist Milly Wu has identified what appears to be an extraterrestrial signal, and the idiosyncratic genius Bat searches for weapons from the Great War to add to his collection, finding much more than he bargained for. Their stories and others are intertwined in this tightly plotted and thoroughly engaging follow-up to Sheffield's Cold as Ice.
Nebula Award winner Sheffield distinguishes himself as a writer of intelligence, humor, and a pleasing balance of hard science and interesting, engaging characters. Fans will be particularly delighted to renew their acquaintance with Bat, but readers new to Sheffield's work should take the plunge enthusiastically--this novel easily and gracefully stands alone as a story of people, science, and the puzzles that both can produce. --Roz Genessee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fans of tangled plots, detailed settings and taut adventure will have a great time with Nebula Award-winner Sheffield's follow-up to Cold as Ice (1992). Earth and settlements on our moon and on Mars languish following the Great War, while colonies in the Asteroid Belt and on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn are now thriving centers for business and research. Alex Ligon, heir to Ligon Industries, has turned his back on the family business to pursue mathematical modeling of development in the solar system. As Alex frets over his latest model, which shows humanity mysteriously dying out within a century, his family manipulates him into visiting Bat, a brilliant but antisocial hacker who owns the lease on Saturn's moon Pandora, where the Ligons want to place a new processing facility. Eager to acquire a cosmically devastating weapon left over from the Great War of which he's heard rumor, Bat agrees to meet with Alex out of curiosity over the mathematician's population model and a possible connection between it and the weapon. In the meantime, a man who may be the key to Bat's hypothetical superweapon is on his way to Ganymede, and SETI investigator Milly Wu has discovered the first real signal from an alien intelligence. Sheffield ties all the threads together a little too neatly by the end, but there's plenty of yarn left over for another sequel. The world he creates here seems imminently possible, and his characters, especially Milly and Bat, are portrayed with humor as well as the intellectual rigor demanded by a hard SF plot.
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GREAT story. Solid writing. Excess/gratuitous space sex stuff - no beuno if you're looking for something to share with your kiddos. Unfortunate, because this is a GREAT story!!Published 1 month ago by Alex Croy
Read the review for Cold As Ice if you care at all about my review of these two books.Published 2 months ago by S. Griffith
SPOILER FREE REVIEW: This isn't an action-centric sci-fi story with space battles and homicidal aliens but rather a more cerebral story with a bit of mystery and intrigue. Read morePublished 19 months ago by amnightus
This Sheffield novel seems rushed at the end and therefore isn't very satisfying, but the journey is a lot of fun. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by DickStanley.
I did not know this was a trilogy until I was halfway through the book. But it did not matter. This book is also a satisfying read on its own. Read morePublished on August 23, 2009 by BlackVoid
I've been noticing a problem with science fiction I've been reading lately. The ideas and puzzles start out really 'big' and then for some reason the explanation just doesn't... Read morePublished on January 20, 2009 by Robert Gamble
Fairly decent adventure about the SETI effort continuing into the late 21st century. Gets better as it goes along.Published on December 31, 2005 by Michael Lynn Mcguire
_Dark As Day_ by Charles Sheffield is the third and final volume of his (I believe) unnamed trilogy that began with _Cold As Ice_ and continued with _The Ganymede Club_. Read morePublished on September 5, 2005 by Tim F. Martin
Those returning to the universe of Sheffield's _Cold As Ice_ and _The Ganymede Club_ will be pleased to find their old friend Bat here. Read morePublished on October 1, 2003 by Randy Stafford