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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765355159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765355157
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,987,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this well-done tale of politics in near-Earth orbit from Rosenblum (The Stone Garden), Ahni Huang, a class nine empath, cyborg and daughter of the ruler of Taiwan, has been sent up the space elevator to the synchronous platform New York Up to avenge the supposed murder of her brother. There she finds herself enmeshed in a complex web of political intrigue as various factions struggle for control of the platform's future. She also meets Dane Nilson, New York Up's charismatic chief agronomist, who sees himself as the midwife to humanity's next evolutionary step, and Koi, who may well be that next step. The major plot threads—a space colony's attempt to gain freedom from a domineering Earth government, human distrust of the Other, the importance of balancing the environment—aren't particularly new, but the author uses them nicely to create an entertaining tale. Rosenblum, who also writes mysteries as Mary Freeman, provides a fascinating picture of how humanity might develop in zero gravity. (Oct.)
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Praise for Horizons
 
"Superbly constructed piece of work. . .Rosenblum knows how to keep a reader's interest piqued. The world-building is excellent stuff, ripe for enjoyable continuations." -Vector
 
"It's a tale of revolution and restraint that should satisfy any Heinlein fan. Horizons presents an excellently crafted world. Along with authors like Ben Bova [Rosenblum is] charting the near space future with solid characters at the helm and lot of good insights into the world of tomorrow." --SFRevu
 
"Immensely satisfying with its cast of intelligent, sympathetic characters, its attention to detail, and its clear and efficient style. . .[Rosenblum's] most successful novel to date." --Locus
 
"Well-done tale of politics in near-Earth orbit . . . . An entertaining tale. . . . Rosenblum . . .provides a fascinating picture of how humanity might develop in zero gravity." -Publishers Weekly
 
"Mary Rosenblum's Horizons offers a thought-provoking adventure with an equally unusual main character who is not who she thinks she is as she sets out to avenge a death that never happened in orbital "worlds" that are developing their own unique flora and fauna -- as well as another step in human evolution." --L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
 
"A smart, sexy, and savvy future thriller from one of the best new writers in science fiction, people by real human characters with psychological complexity and emotional depth, and driven by a plot that races ahead like a runaway train." -Gardner Dozois

"Well researched, well written SF--- and with great characters, pacing, and action.  This is Mary Rosenblum's absolute best." -Walter John Williams on Horizons
 
"An intricate, treacherous, and ultimately subversive book, not only in whom you can trust, but in what is being subverted." -Michael Flynn on Horizons 
 
"Horizons is a sure winner.  It has it all: believable tech, plausibly detailed and complex politics, and engaging characters.  If you want to know what the human future might actually look like -- this could well be it." -Nancy Kress

More About the Author

Mary Rosenblum attended the prestigious Clarion West Writers Workshop in 1988 and sold her first Science Fiction story there, to the editor of Asimov's Magazine. Her career took off and she never looked back! Winner of the Compton Cook and Sideways Awards, finalist for the Hugo and Nebula, she went on to publish many Science Fiction and mystery novels with New York publishers, as well as a host of critically acclaimed short stories in multiple genres. She began teaching writing more than fifteen years ago and has twice been invited back to teach at the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Today she helps new authors publish and promote their work successfully and safely as a Literary Midwife, through her business The New Writers Interface and is the author of multiple handbooks for the new writer.

When she's not writing or working on client manuscripts, she flies a small plane as an instrument rated pilot.

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The future concepts were incredible.
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I guess that I just like books that can hold my interest and make me think at the same time.
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I enjoyed this novel and will look for the author's work in the future.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Horton on February 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mary Rosenblum's Horizons is a near future SF novel with a somewhat old-fashioned shape and set of concerns. And I liked it for that -- it's very exciting, fast-moving, with some nice speculative elements. And with an engaging heroine. And really nasty bad guys. (Who espouse a philosophy I personally find repellent -- but which many might have at least some sympathy for.)

The heroine is Ahni Huang, daughter of the head of an influential Taiwanese commercial family. In the opening sequence she goes up to the North American Alliance's orbital platform, NYUp, to avenge her brother Xai's murder. But there she learns that Xai is actually alive, and acting against her family. She also discovers a secret on NYUp: a group of apparently illegally modified humans are living in microgravity, under the leadership of Dane Nilsson, the still "normal" chief "gardener" for the orbital.

After a confrontation with her father and mother, who are acting at mysterious cross-purposes, she returns to NYUp. The platform is under increasing tension. There is an independence movement, led by Dane, but it is spiralling out of control, moving too rapidly, apparently as a result of external agitators. Possibly these are controlled by Xai, who may be working with Li Zhen, son of the Chinese leader, and the man in charge of the Chinese orbital platform.

All this moves very rapidly to a confrontation -- the World Council military is pushed to act against the people of NYUp, particularly Dane. So Ahni must figure out who is really behind all these problems, and how or if she can get sufficient cooperation between Dane's allies on NYUp, between an asteroid-based pilot/smuggler, and between Li Zhen to prevent a true disaster from destroying everybody's hopes for the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sally Christie on January 23, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Before this book joins the dusty pile beside my bed for future re-reading, I thought I'd put up a very brief review.

Mary Rosenblum has written a book that is more than a salad, more than a slice of pie, it is a main course. I found it complicated enough that it deserved slow reading, chewing, savouring. I will read it again to pick up on things that might have slipped past me as my sleep meds kicked in.

Read it yourself and see what I am talking about. At random points during my day, I imagine myself in the low gravity areas of NYUp and at my tired moments I compare myself to one of her characters being held in gravity that was oppressive.

Go ahead and order it, you need some reading that will stick to your ribs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Taylor on December 19, 2007
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As both a author and reader of fiction I was impressed with Horizons. The characters seemed real and the story line was believable. I guess that I just like books that can hold my interest and make me think at the same time. I recommend this book. Time keeps me from writing a longer review but I wanted to get something posted for I enjoyed the book.
Tommy Taylor
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tangerine on July 5, 2009
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In my opinion, this book is perfection. Excellent writing, science that veers pretty close to fantasy but is fairly plausible as far as I can tell, a diverse group of characters, a world that feels real, well-paced suspense. A book this good just makes me so happy!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2009
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I had high hopes for this book. It had a cool setting (space cities tied to earth by space elevators). Political factions fighting for control, space cities trying to establish Independence from earth. Some cool new tech, like morphing materials.

However as I got into the book, the characters just got a bit too sentimental for my taste. The action was slow to develop. I guess I just lost patience with the pace of the story, and the characters weren't interesting enough to hold me.
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