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To Crush the Moon Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2005

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Book 4 of 4 in the Queendom of Sol Series

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Radmer has returned to Lune with the tool to end the war against the Glimmer King's robots in the person of Bruno de Towaji. The two have made it to the city of Timoch but have a long way to go. Way back before the moon was "squeezed," Conrad and Xmary returned from Barnard's Star with a cargo of that world's cryogenically frozen human children. What to do with all these mortals? The queendom is already overrun with billions of its own, immorbid children, and the violent Fatalists, a group of mortality advocates, tend to further destabilize matters. Bruno hires Conrad to crush the moon in a desperate attempt to find space for the masses of humanity. Refugees from other colonies straggle back to Sol, Queen Tamra struggles to equitably resolve associated problems, and events spiral toward destruction as well as a final battle when Conrad and Bruno confront the Glimmer King and his metal armies. A gripping and surprisingly tidy conclusion to the saga of the queendom of Sol. Regina Schroeder
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In the conclusion to this epic interstellar adventure by Nebula Award nominee Wil McCarthy, humanity stands at a crossroads as the heroes who fashioned a man-made heaven must rescue their descendants from eternal damnation....
Once the Queendom of Sol was a glowing monument to humankind's loftiest dreams. Ageless and immortal, its citizens lived in peaceful splendor. But as Sol buckled under the swell of an immorbid population, space itself literally ran out....
Conrad Mursk has returned to Sol on the crippled starship Newhope. His crew are the frozen refugees of a failed colony known as Barnard's Star. A thousand years older, Mursk finds Sol on the brink of rebellion, while a fanatic necro cult is reviving death itself. Now Mursk and his lover, Captain Xiomara "Xmary" Li Weng, are sent on a final, desperate mission by King Bruno de Towaji-one of the greatest terraformers of the ages-to literally crush the moon. If they succeed, they'll save
billions of lost souls. If they fail, they'll strand humanity between death-and something unimaginably worse....

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055358717X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553587173
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,943,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wil McCarthy has managed to quickly become the favorite author of many, being mentioned in the same breath as Asimov, Bova, or Heinlein. This is due in no small part to his ability to at once fascinate the reader with the minutae and still deliver a sweepingly epic adventure. But a warning to new McCarthy fans: don't read this book. That is, do not read it unless you have first read "The Wellstone" and "Lost in Transmission". (Neither of those are responsibly read without having first read "The Collapsium".)

In TCTM, McCarthy rounds out the story arc begun with the Children's Revolt. Conrad Mursk and a few of his fellow conspirators return from exile on Barnard as the refugees of a dying civilization only to discover that the scarcity and overpopulation that brought their world to the brink also threatens the Queendom of Sol. Mursk, a grown man of several hundred years now, is soon thrust into an ambitious project by none other than King Bruno de Towaji himself. In order to provide a home to the billions of refugees from failing solar and extra solar settlements, the moon is to be squozen into a super-planette rechristened Lune. Just in time, the project is completed, and then...all hell breaks loose, and the world comes to an end.

Fast foward a thousand years in the future, and the immorbid Conrad, aided by the last of the Queendom's children, sets out on a quest to save the retrograde civilization of Lune from total destruction by a maniacal king who commands an army of robots. To accomplish this, Conrad must retrieve King Bruno for one last swashbuckling adventure to save mankind's children from extinction.
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I can admit it. this book is just plain good. I had said that I bought the entire series after reading the Collapsium (which was great) and was disappointed through the next two books. I was not looking forward to this book, but this was as good as the first book. Excellent in fact, and I discovered the difference. In both the first and last book, which are good, the plot is characterized by man versus man (or robot) and in the other two books (the second and third) the plot is mostly man vs society (yawn) and man vs nature (yawn). Now there are elements of each in all four books but the main plots are thos I just listed. Let me tell you man vs nature/society just is not that entertaining. It was intelligent and thoughtful but not that fun. The first and last books are also intelligent (which the author has obviously) but enjoyable. Read through the second and third novels (which should be combined into one shorter book) and find the light at the end of the tunnel. The series is saved.
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With To Crush the Moon Wil McCarthy brings one of the most satisfying recent series of Hard SF novels to a close. This series, collectively called, perhaps, The History of the Queendom of Sol, began in 2001 with The Collapsium (itself an expansion of a 1999 novella). That novel told of brilliant scientist Bruno de Towaji, who saves the Solar System three times from the dangers of super high-tech combined with a jealous rival. The Collapsium introduced the key technologies of the series: various types of programmable matter, and matter transmission. The latter technology, combined with an editing process, allowed for practical immortality. This first book was cheeky and playful and rather Tom Swift-like in ways.

The subsequent three novels are more closely linked, and quite a bit darker in tone. By the end of The Collapsium, Bruno had married the Queen of Sol. In The Wellstone (2003) his son, Bascal, was the ringleader of a group of young people frustrated by their lack of opportunity in a world of immortals. The main character is Bascal's friend Conrad Mursk. The two of them and a large group of rebellious youngsters are exiled to Barnard's Star at the end of the book, and Lost in Transmission (2004) tells of the establishment and ultimate failure of the Barnard's Star colony. Conrad chooses to return to Sol, and To Crush the Moon is the story of what happens after his return.

The Wellstone and Lost in Transmission both had sections set thousands of years in the future, with Conrad (now called Radmer) retrieving Bruno de Towaji from self-imposed exile and returning with him to an altered Moon (now called Lune), where the last significant remnants of humanity are fighting a war with emancipated robots. Earth and the other major planets have been "Murdered".
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Reading the preceding books in this series is imperative if one is to begin to understand this one. First of all, the terms would be completely foreign and secondly, it is important to understand the history of the Queendom, the Faxes and the revolution of human beings into immortal creatures.

I hope that the lack of reviews is not indicative of a lack of readers because this is an important book in an important series that touches on cutting edge science (the author is involved in a nanotech company) and the future of humanity. What would it mean if it were possible to pass through a human fax machine and have your body emerge as a healthy man or woman in their mid-twenties? For one, immortality would increase population and that is one of the problems faced here. Secondly it leads to all sorts of weird experiments as groups of people become less and less human.

But this is a story about relationships, the wonders of science (in particular the awesome "Wellstone") and the exploits of King Bruno and once badboy Conrad Mursk. The action is top notch, logical and exciting. The science is mind-blowing but utterly believable. The tale itself is bittersweet but the ending more than makes up for any sadness and a sequeal is suggested. For a literate, entertaining and masterful work of art, it is hard to beat.
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