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"A taut near-future thriller ... Lerner's vision of the future is both topical and possible in this crisp, fast-paced hard SF adventure."
-- Publishers Weekly

"Environmentally conscious sf makes a strong showing in Edward M. Lerner's Energized. ... Plot and political intrigue take center stage in this sf adventure that should appeal to fans of hard sf and technothrillers."
-- Library Journal

"An amazingly tense and for-all-the-marbles thriller."
-- SF Site

"A magnificently fun romp."
-- Analog

"Lerner plows right into orbit with this tech-filled engaging story featuring just as much fact as science fiction. And for those of us who love a love story, he puts one of those in here, too. His dialogue is cover-to-cover techie bliss and fit his characters to a T."
-- Romantic Times

From the Author

Though Energized is my twelfth novel, none was as meant to be written as this one.

I'm a physicist and computer scientist with thirty years experience in high tech, seven as a NASA contractor. I've flown the space-shuttle simulator (and respect the heck out of anyone who could fly the real thing -- it has the aerodynamic properties of a brick), toured the space-station simulator, and observed a space-shuttle launch. For good measure, I attended a NASA-sponsored astronomy  program for authors, consulted with a NASA powersat expert, and wangled myself a look behind the scenes at a major radio-astronomy observatory.

I only wish I'd had the opportunity, too, to visit a solar power satellite ...
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765328496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765328496
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A physicist and computer scientist, Edward M. Lerner toiled in the vineyards of high tech for thirty years, as everything from engineer to senior vice president. Then, suitably intoxicated, he began writing full time.

His novels run the gamut from near-future technothrillers, like Small Miracles and Energized, to traditional SF, like the InterstellarNet series. Collaborating with NY Times bestselling author Larry Niven, Ed also wrote the Fleet of Worlds series of Ringworld companion novels. Much of Ed's short fiction has been collected in Creative Destruction and Countdown to Armageddon / A Stranger in Paradise. His nonfiction articles on science and technology centerpiece Frontiers of Space, Time, and Thought: Essays and Stories on The Big Questions."

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Highly recommended for Lerner fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of technological issues, political intrigue, and a bit of romance.
Arthur W. Jordin
Whether or not it would be technically feasible I have no idea, but reading the book you certainly get the sense that it could be.
Layers of Thought

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Potter on September 14, 2012
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This is a cross between traditional hard science fiction and a technothriller. The science and engineering are depicted in much more detail than in more typical technothriller, like Tom Clancy's books, but the plot is more action oriented. It would make a pretty decent James Bond adventure, except it's too complicated. There are some very evil bad guys and a secret plot to wreck the US. The Russians are behind it all. You can imagine how it ends (guess which side wins), but there is some cleverness in how things work out.

I've read two other near future science fiction books by the same author, Probe and Moonstruck. Both were better than this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Layers of Thought on December 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
An exciting futuristic techno thriller - how can an asteroid racing towards Earth be used to help solve the world's desperate energy crisis?

About: In the near future a catastrophe has left a large part of the world's remaining oil reserves radioactive and unusable, plunging the Middle East into chaos and wrecking much of the world's economy. Russia is left as the last major power able to export oil and gas, and it's determined to exploit that new-found geopolitical dominance.

When an asteroid appears from deep space headed in the general direction of Earth, the US hatches a bold plan to pull the asteroid into Earth orbit and to mine it to help create a whole new source of energy - raw materials from the asteroid are to be used to build huge solar power satellites, which will then beam energy back to the US. The US sees it as a last chance to fix its ruined economy and to prevent political servitude; others are absolutely determined to see the plan fail.

Things seem to be going well - the asteroid is successfully tugged into orbit; manned stations and factories are built on the asteroid, and the first huge "powersat" is built. But before it can go live, NASA has to convince everyone that the technology is foolproof and safe; after all, if a system beaming huge amounts of power back to Earth goes even a tiny bit astray, the consequences will be horrendous. Even if it works perfectly, what if it were used as a weapon rather than a power source?

Marcus Judson is a NASA contractor playing a key role in the final tests and approval process, though he'd never imagined that might entail having to travel to the asteroid. As the testing comes to a head, so too does a complex and devious plan to prevent the program's success.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clay Kallam on May 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Energized" (Tor, $27.99, 333 pages) is an old-fashioned, hard-science scifi book. Luckily, the science isn't off-the-charts hard (some astronomy, engineering and such), but sadly, the old-fashioned applies to the writing style. In fact, it seems like Edward M. Lerner missed all those writing seminars that emphasized show not tell, because he keeps telling us how cool his main characters are, but neither of them ever really comes to life.

In fact, almost all the characters are pretty bloodless, which makes it difficult to muster up the energy to care about what happens to them. Still, Lerner puts them through their paces, and even in the typical near-future dystopia, manages to put an old-fashioned positive spin on the old-fashioned American, against-all-odds spirit.
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Energized (2012) is a standalone SF Thriller novel. It is set a decade from now after a nuclear explosion in the Middle East oil fields and the capture of Phoebe -- a chondrite asteroid -- as a second moon. Russia is now the largest exporter of crude oil. The USA is in the throes of a stagflation and inflation.

In this novel, Marcus Judson is a support contractor on the powersat project. He is a system engineer and technical assistant to Ellen.

Ellen Tanaka is the program manager for the powersat project. She works for NASA.

Gabriel Campbell is a geologist. Gabe works on Phoebe.

Tina Landgren is the deputy station chief on Phoebe. She commands the second shift.

Thaddeus Stankiewicz is an aerospace engineer in the powersat project. Thad works for Kendricks Aerospace on Phoebe.

Valerie Clayburn is a radio astronomer. She works at the Green Bank Observatory. Val is a widow with a son, Simon.

In this story, Gabe is exercising hard to keep his muscle tone and bone calcium level from deteriorating. Phoebe has only a micro gravity field, so the exercise is mandatory. He is on his third hour of exercise when Tina notifies him that a bot is in trouble.

Gabe picks Thad as his assistant on the robot rescue. Thad is a newbie and the task will help him learn to maneuver on the asteroid. Gabe finds him working in the machine shop.

They both suit up and climb though the airlock. As they pull themselves along the cables attached to the outer surface, Gabe asks the engineer what he was working on. Thad says that he is building a still, but Gabe doesn't understand how it would work in microgravity. Thad yanks off his battery packs and Gabe freezes to death.
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By Ben on August 5, 2014
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Great read. Lerner has a quick, concise style that leads the plot along nicely. "Energized" is a very well executed hard sci-fi set in the near future, and I found it hits a little closer to home than we might like.

I enjoyed this more, and found it easier to read, than the books in the "Known Space" series with Larry Niven.
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