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The Clouds of Saturn Paperback – June 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Sci Fi-Arizona (June 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929381123
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929381128
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,596,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael McCollum is the author of 10 science fiction novels and one book of short stories, with total sales of 250,000 books in bookstores. He is now the proprietor of Sci Fi - Arizona, an Online Science Fiction bookstores and publishing company.

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Michael McCollum was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1946, and is the author of 13 science fiction novels, including Euclid's Wall, to be released Fall of 2012.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sidewalk Sam on September 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is my favorite novel by Michael McCollum. It doesn't have the following of his Antares or Life Probe series but it has a kind of well crafted elegance that sets it apart and I think above the rest.

Earth has been abandoned, rising solar radiation sterilizes our home world. Humanity has retreated to floating cities in the atmosphere of Saturn (plus some small colonies on the more mineable moons)

Human nature being what it is, intereige and conflict abound.

Our Hero, an interesting mixture of Han Solo and perhaps Sir Francis Drake, is drawn into a plot to bring all the independent cloud cities under one government ("to prevent war" quoteth the villain).

The author serves up a full helping of mystery and suspense, along with plenty of action. Charactor development is particularly strong in this novel and the inevitable romance is well handled.

I find the political overtones in this novel interesting. The idea of a single super government to "end all war" has a Wilsonian ring that students of history will recognize and it resinates stongly with our current international situation.

This novel should appeal to a wider audience then even the usual Sci Fi croud. The future tech is well crafted but stays in the background and doesn't intrude on the story.

So if you like adventure, in exotic settings, mixed with action, mystery and romance, this is one that you shouldn't miss.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hope Mr McCollum becomes wealthy writing books like these: they are fun and easy to read, and also (speaking as a physics trained guy) they are generally scientifically accurate. Most sci fi books these days make ridiculous mistakes with basic physical laws. Please write more books!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mhooper@mindspring.com on December 27, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story envelopes the reader from start to finish. Since Mr. McCollum is himself an engineer, he has a good idea about the theories that he has based this story on. That is just the beginning. This novel is fantastic!
Humanity living in cities that float in the skies of Saturn, and a battle is taking place.
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