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A Grey Moon over China Hardcover – October 30, 2006
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"...an engrossing high-tech-decaying-into-low-tech future, with lots of Machiavellian intrigue...Grade A." -- EW.com, November 17, 2006
"Day's novel paints a grimly optimistic picture of the future... [H]is characters...struggle to make their way in an uncertain world." -- Library Journal, October 15, 2006
"Inventive, disturbing, intriguingly populated and utterly fascinating: an altogether remarkable debut." -- Kirkus Reviews, September 2006 (Starred review)
From the Publisher
There is something primal in this book in its assumption of brutality in the world, and in the belief that there is something larger than ourselves, even if we have created it. In "A Grey Moon Over China" we carry our longing, but also our rage, to the stars. We destroy those we love, yet love, honestly and tenderly, again. Success comes to us through inadvertence as much as by plan, and we extol the ambition that seeks it. We lust for control of the universe, and sacrifice our souls to acquire it. Yet it is only by accepting our own nature, and responsibility for where it has led us, that we may regain our souls. All of these themes are in this fine book, and we commend its author for unflinchingly exploring them.
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It's not a fun read, as most of the novel consists of the struggling colonists experiencing one failure after another, death after death, and their situation continuously going from bad to worse. There's lots of action, but very little victory. If grim and depressing SF isn't your thing, you'll want to skip this book. But the human conflicts are realistic, and it's easy to see humans expanding into space and behaving in just this way. There is a glimmer of hope at the very end, but it's almost buried under the weight of destruction and loss that has preceded it. Nonetheless, I highly recommend this for fans of hard-edged contemporary science fiction.
Army engineer Eduardo Torres finds the solution when he uncovers plans for a quantum battery that if shared would save the planet. Instead, he decides to keep the technology setting up his own "nation" by buying a mercury force. Following up on an abandoned plan to colonize space, Torres builds starships and enters a wormhole to the Holzstein System. However, he is not welcomed as another humanoid race and aliens attack his fleet.
This grim look at the near future paints a bleak horizon as the earth is consumed by the liquid wars. The cast is powerful and realistic as Darwinism wins over creationism with survival of the most diabolical. Torres and other key characters are not likable, but that is one of the key points of this gloomy cautionary tale in which Thomas A. Day lucidly insures his players are not romantic heroes. With a wild well written military in space clash of cultures that enhance the argument how sentient are we as a species if we commit increasingly faster pandemic suicide. GREY MOON OVER CHINA is a super science fiction thriller warning us that time is running out on mankind.
The short descripton of the book from the fly leaf says it best, "Army engineer Eduardo Torres is caught up in the world's raging oil wars when he stumbles onto the plans for a quantum energy battery. This device could slow civilization's inevitable descent into environmental disaster, but Torres has other plans..."
One striking analogy for "Grey Moon" is that as optimistic as Star Trek was about the future and the correction of man kind, this book is not. Taking our most dangerous tendencies into space is like taking along a ticking time bomb with no end time. There are times that our culture is like that, inspite of our experience with past failures for 'solutions', we continue on 'knowing' better.
I loved this book. It is well written, and would make one heck of a movie except Thomas Day would have to adapt it.
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