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Author: Brenda Cooper, Larry Niven Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2012 ISBN: 9781483068282
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The first interstellar ship, John Glenn, fled a solar system populated by rogue AIs and machine/human hybrids, threatened by too much nanotechnology, and rife with political dangers. The John Glenn’s crew intended to terraform the nearly pristine planet Ymir in hopes of creating a utopian society that will limit intelligent technology, but by some miscalculation they have landed in the wrong system. Short on the antimatter needed to continue to Ymir, they must shape nearby planet Harlequin’s moon, Selene, into a new, temporary home and rebuild their store of antimatter through decades of terraforming.

Gabriel, the head terraformer, now leads this nearly impossible task; his primary tools the uneducated and nearly illiterate children of the original colonists, born and bred to build Harlequin’s moon into a virtual antimatter factory. With no concept of the future and with life defined as duty, one girl, Rachel Vanowen, begins to ask herself, what will become of the children of Selene once the terraforming is complete?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Niven and Cooper have crafted a multigenerational, star-spanning epic with intriguing, fast-paced action. Against a backdrop of mind-boggling technology, the authors ask important questions about how far science should go and its impact on social structures and human rights. Niven and Cooper are playing God on a grand scale.”

    Brian Herbert, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Fans of both hard and softer, psychological SF will welcome veteran Niven and newcomer Cooper’s well-written tale…Niven and Cooper provide complicated characters, particularly the AI, which struggle with realistic moral dilemmas.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Exploiting Niven’s classic flare for world building, he and Cooper craft an entertaining epic with subtexts concerning cultural obsessiveness and the fear and worship of science.”


  • “Recent astronomy hints at a beautiful but stark vision of the solar systems around us. Building Harlequin’s Moon is the best fiction I’ve seen based on this vision.”

    Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award–winning author

  • “Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper’s colonization novel is a hugely ambitious, meticulously rendered feast for both head and heart. I can’t wait to see what they do next!”

    Steven Barnes, Hugo-nominated author

  • “Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper have accomplished that most difficult of tasks, a novel full of real, hard science but character-driven from the first page. The scope is enormous, but the focus is intimate, with characters who live and breathe. A marvelous read!”

    Louis Marley, Endeavor Award–winning author

  • Building Harlequin’s Moon is a big tale, well told. Wonderful world-building and characters you can care about.”

    Syne Mitchell, nationally bestselling author

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/12/2014

    " Sciense fiction with a great love story - very engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 1/4/2014

    " Planet and small scale civilization building. Concepts were pretty cool, but the character/plot development was a bit hurried. Liked it though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/3/2014

    " This book took me months to start reading. But once I finally did, the plot was entertaining. Not my typical book, but it was interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 12/30/2013

    " A good primise for a book, and solid storytelling, except... the end felt rushed to me. The last 30 pages or so needed to be at least another 100. So, it left me rather disappointed in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michel | 12/15/2013

    " I liked the book. However, the ending is a bit loose. Seems to me there could be another book to take the story to a conclusion of sorts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Art | 12/10/2013

    " Not as good as a solo Niven but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 11/26/2013

    " So far so good...loving the premise so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 11/3/2013

    " Good collaboration. Thought provoking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 9/15/2013

    " This book is so poorly written it was hard to make it through to the end. The plot was interesting enough to make me want to finish, but it was painful as the authors drew more heavily on stereotypes and tired language as the book went on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roger | 7/8/2013

    " I would actually give it 4 1/2 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/22/2013

    " Smart, with original ideas, but somehow not all that memorable (it took me most of the prologue to realize I'd already read it last year). Fans of epic & classic adventure sf should enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 4/2/2013

    " Novels that consciously advocate non-violence are rare, in science fiction or any other genre. This one does just that, offering in its narrative a recap of successful nonviolent social movements, despite some climactic violence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenneth | 2/3/2013

    " Interesting book, good science and good human relationships. Brenda will probably disagree but it is the generation gap story. She wants it to be slave vs slave owner but it does not wash. Real life exsperience trumps exspaining history and making it relevant way in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/16/2013

    " A strong story of an incredible moral quandary born of the real difficulties of slower than light space travel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 11/30/2012

    " I didn't like the book as much as I hoped to. "

About the Author

Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo, Locus, and Nebula Award–winning author of science fiction short stories and novels, including the Ringworld series, as well as many other science fiction masterpieces. His Footfall, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle, was a New York Times bestseller.

About the Narrator

Tom Weiner, a dialogue director and voice artist best known for his roles in video games and television shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Transformers, is the winner of eight Earphones Awards and Audie Award finalist. He is a former member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.