Sun of Suns

Sun of Suns

Book - 2006
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It is the distant future. The world known as Virga is a fullerene balloon three thousand kilometers in diameter, filled with air, water, and aimlessly floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this vast environment must build their own fusion suns and "towns" that are in the shape of enormous wood and rope wheels that are spun for gravity.
Young, fit, bitter, and friendless, Hayden Griffin is a very dangerous man. He's come to the city of Rush in the nation of Slipstream with one thing in mind: to take murderous revenge for the deaths of his parents six years ago. His target is Admiral Chaison Fanning, head of the fleet of Slipstream, which conquered Hayden's nation of Aerie years ago. And the fact that Hayden's spent his adolescence living with pirates doesn't bode well for Fanning's chances . . .
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765315434
0765315432
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 22 cm.

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Feb 22, 2020

I thought the story of Sun of Suns was well-told, but the fictional world was so implausible that I was distracted from the story. This is an air world inside an artificial shell, where there is no land or gravity. This raises all sorts of questions which Schroeder explains incompletely or not at all. He says that the people here farm free-floating clods of dirt, for example, but never explains where the dirt comes from. These people make most of their possessions out of wood that grows as floating trees, but they also have metal tools and weapons. So where does the metal come from with no land to mine? At one point the heroes knock loose iceberg-sized masses of ice that have collected on the shell-world's walls, and these bergs fall upon their enemies' ships. But why do the icebergs fall when nothing else in this weightless world does? Schroder is not without skill as a storyteller and creator of characters, and this tale does move along entertainingly, but for a reader like myself who wants plausible science in his science fiction, Sun of Suns is unsatisfying.

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