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To Crush the Moon Mass Market Paperback – May 31, 2005
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TO CRUSH THE MOON
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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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.Read more ›
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".Read more ›
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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The first half of the book was reminiscent of the Collapsium, the second half read a more like the lord of the rings. Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by milkfilledandroid
This series is a hard-science tragedy in four acts, with a surprise ending in this, the final book, that some will find contrived, though I appreciated it after so much emotional... Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by DickStanley.
McCarthy's message seems to be that the future is much better-and also much worse, than we think.Published on December 30, 2008 by PK
Let's not dwell too much on what others have already said too many times over: this book and this entire series is rich in future science that is both relevant and philosophically... Read morePublished on January 11, 2007 by Y. Alekseyev
This is a sad book, an elegaic book, in some ways a heartbreaking book. Read more
While I like Wil McCarthy's vision of the capabilities of future technologies to reshape man's tools and environment, his view of the psychology of the radically life-extended or... Read morePublished on September 3, 2005 by M. A. Plus