The Eternal Flame

The Eternal Flame

eBook - 2012
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Greg Egan's The Clockwork Rocket introduced readers to an exotic universe where the laws of physics are very different from our own, where the speed of light varies in ways Einstein would never allow, and where intelligent life has evolved in unique and fascinating ways. Now Egan continues his epic tale of alien beings embarked on a desperate voyage to save their world . . . . The generation ship Peerless is in search of advanced technology capable of sparing their home planet from imminent destruction. In theory, the ship is traveling fast enough that it can traverse the cosmos for generations-and still return home only a few years after they departed. But a critical fuel shortage threatens to cut their urgent voyage short, even as a population explosion stretches the ship's life-support capacity to its limits. When the astronomer Tamara discovers the Object, a meteor whose trajectory will bring it within range of the Peerless, she sees a risky solution to the fuel crisis. Meanwhile, the biologist Carlo searches for a better way to control fertility, despite the traditions and prejudices of their society. As the scientists clash with the ship's leaders, they find themselves caught up in two equally dangerous revolutions: one in the sexual roles of their species, the other in their very understanding of the nature of matter and energy. The Eternal Flame lights up the mind with dazzling new frontiers of physics and biology, as only Greg Egan could imagine them.
Publisher: [United States] : Night Shade Books : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9781597804271
1597804274
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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dunrobin
Mar 17, 2013

This book is very consistent with the style of Mr. Egan's previous books.He has great ideas and good characterization. However, his books demand a reader who is willing to take the time to understand the concepts he is working with which involve math and physics. A good read if you like a challenge and a poor read if you want a quick adventure.

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SWSCHUMACK
Sep 17, 2012

READ THE FIRST BOOK! IF YOU HAVEN'T THIS ONE WILL BE VIRTUALLY OPAQUE.

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