Architect Conrad Mursk's story continues from The Wellstone
[BKL Mr 15 03] with the aftermath of the Children's Revolution and the long journey in the Newhope
to Barnard's Star, where, upon arrival, the exiles face the growing pains of a new colony, which prove more terrible than anyone expected. The technology of faxes, which allows one to print out fresh selves as needed, becomes almost unsustainable without a strong industrial base; hence, death returns to their civilization with a vengeance. Worse, Bascal Edward, now king, shows signs of madness induced by decades as the only one awake on the Newhope
. Conrad decides to take action after a visit by copies of the monarchs of the queendom of Sol piques his curiosity. He makes another revolutionary move, stealing the cryogenically frozen dead to take them back to Earth, where they can be faxed to health. Fortunately, this worthy sequel detailing the fascinating development and inevitable decline of the Barnard's Star colony has enough loose ends to make another, equally engaging sequel a necessity. Regina SchroederCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Praise for The Wellstone
"An ideal blend of wit and superscience, set in a brilliant future age when wealth and immortality just aren't enough. McCarthy gives an adventurous new spin to the ongoing rebellion of the young."
-- David Brin
"A standout job...full of action, humor, top-notch speculation and intriguing characters...Such ambition and creative playfulness should serve this book well when award lists are made up."
-- Paul di Filippo, scifi.com
"If Robert Heinlein had written Lord of the Flies, he probably would have come up with something like The Wellstone."
-- Rocky Mountain News
"Wil McCarthy considers post-scarcity economics, leadership politics and immortality--all in an adventure that would have made Robert A. Heinlein proud."