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Warned by the first catastrophe, Earth began building an electromagnetic shield out of the orbiting Sky City station to divert the incoming apocalypse. But not only will the storm come earlier than expected, the carnage may be worse than anyone imagined--preliminary data shows that the supernova was no accident, and that the wave of particles may in fact be a beam. Crackerjack hard-SF author Charles Sheffield brings back much of the cast of Aftermath for this suspenseful, well-paced follow-up, the two most satisfying returnees being sociopath-savant Oliver Guest and his former patient Seth Parsigian. In the book's subplot, the brilliant Guest and gruff Parsigian must team up to solve a string of grisly child murders on Sky City that threatens to push the shield project even further behind schedule. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
This book was one of the most frustrating books I have ever read and enjoyed.
So you get more than you paid for-- a great hard sci-fi story, and the most inventive and creative characters one could imagine.
There were times I wasn't sure I would make it through the 500 pages, but the flow is fairly even which helps.
I like his books for what they are - a scifi that I can pick up when I want. It has enough science to keep me interested and the characters are believable enough. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Brett A. Fishwild
A sequel to the post-apocalypse novel Aftermath. They should be read in order. Combines Allen Drury (Advise and Consent) style political novel with technical SF and throwns in a... Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by Watson McFestus
This book was one of the most frustrating books I have ever read and enjoyed. Since I did not read Aftermath, it took me a while to get into the story and understand the... Read morePublished on January 26, 2004 by C. Glover
Starfire is ostensibly a sequel to Aftermath, but you don't really need to read Aftermath first. Me, I read them in the wrong order and still enjoyed both. Read morePublished on January 24, 2004 by Aeirould
This was a good brain candy, beach read. The characters were SOOOOO written for a movie. The ending was out of left field, concepts that weren't explored at all (and not... Read morePublished on November 15, 2000 by Ronin
Charles Shefield, like a jungler, mixes with great talent two stories, two sets of characters. With even more talent, he mixes two different styles of writing, taking you... Read morePublished on July 28, 2000
I bought the book expecting a darn good read of the "hard sci-fi" type. I was delighted to find such creative and imaginative touches in the book. Read morePublished on June 26, 2000 by Patrick J. Callahan