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Probability Sun (Probability Trilogy) Hardcover – July 6, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

Human beings (aka Terrans) have a brighter future in this fairly standard space adventure than they did in Kress's Probability Moon (2000), which introduced the enemy Fallers, friendly Worlders and space tunnels left behind by a long-lost alien race. In the previous book, Worlders pushed humans off their planet because they didn't "share reality." Now the Terrans come back to try to retrieve the Worlders' "artifact," a machine that generates a probability field and holds the key to human survival in the fight against the Fallers. The action moves from colonies on the moon and Mars, to a military space ship, the Alan B. Shepard, to World, a planet at a great distance from Earth that's inhabited by a harmonious alien race of total empaths. The author grounds her morally complex plot in the physics of probability. As usual with Kress, her eccentric characters add depth. Major Lyle Kaufman, a military leader who dislikes leadership; Tom Capelo, a brilliant, antisocial physicist still grieving for a dead wife; and Ann Sikorski, a xenobiologist who questions their right to take the artifact, all struggle with their roles. In addition, female Worlder Enli must work with humans and with her own kind to create a compromise. Readers will start this novel because of Kress's reputation, will read it for the adventure and will like it for the characters and the science.

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The immediate sequel to Probability Moon (2000) continues humanity's war against the alien Fallers, a war humanity is losing. It again shows scientists and the military at odds if not in outright conflict while portraying the strengths and limitations of both with admirable even-handedness. A shipload of scientists has come to study the alien artifact discovered on the planet World, and the ship's military crew is holding the only Faller POW as a secret captive. The questions that permeate the tightly paced story are whether scientists and the military can cooperate to learn the nature of the artifact--scientific storehouse or doomsday machine--and whether either of those parties will procure the cooperation of the captive Faller, whose perception of reality is unfathomably different from that of any of the humans. Displaying a typically strong synthesis of Kress' many gifts, the novel leaves the door wide open for at least one successor. Roland Green
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Books (July 6, 2001)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 348 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312874073
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312874070
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.68 x 1.24 x 8.66 inches
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Nancy Kress is the author of thirty-three books, including twenty-six novels, four collections of short stories, and three books on writing. Her fiction has won six Nebulas (for “Out of All Them Bright Stars,” “Beggars in Spain,” “The Flowers of Aulit Prison,” “Fountain of Age,” “After the Fall, Before the Fall, and During the Fall,”and “Yesterday’s Kin”), two Hugos (for “Beggars in Spain” and “The Erdmann Nexus”), a Sturgeon (for “The Flowers of Aulit Prison”), and a John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for PROBABILITY SPACE). Her work has been translated into Swedish, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish, Polish, Croatian, Korean, Lithuanian, Chinese, Romanian, Japanese, Russian, and Klingon, none of which she can read.

In addition to writing, Kress often teaches at various venues around the country and abroad, including a visiting lectureship at the University of Leipzig, a 2017 writing class in Beijing, and the annual intensive workshop Taos Toolbox, which she teaches every summer with Walter Jon Williams. For sixteen years, she was the “Fiction” columnist for WRITER’S DIGEST magazine, and has written three books about writing (see Bibliography).

Although she began by writing fantasy, Nancy currently writes science fiction, often about genetic engineering. Her most recent book, IF TOMORROW COMES (Tor, 2018), is the second in the YESTERDAY'S KIN trilogy, which began with her Nebula-winning novella. The third book, TERRAN TOMORROW, will be released by Tor in November, 2018. The series concerns a deadly epidemic, aliens who are not what they seem, and characters who must grow into positions they never expected to occupy on both a future Earth and a very different planet named World.

Kress is married to writer Jack Skillingstead. They live in Seattle with Cosette, the world’s most spoiled toy poodle.

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