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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edward M. Lerner Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No one expected the oil to last forever. How right they were.

A geopolitical miscalculation tainted the world’s major oil fields with radioactivity and plunged the Middle East into chaos. Any oil that remains usable is more prized than ever. No one can build solar farms, wind farms, and electric cars quickly enough to cope. The few countries still able to export petroleum and natural gas—Russia chief among them—have a stranglehold on the world economy.

Then, from the darkness of space, came Phoebe. Rather than deflect the onrushing asteroid, America coaxed it into Earth’s orbit. Solar power satellites—cheaply mass-produced in orbit with resources mined from the new moon to beam vast amounts of power to the ground—offer America its last, best hope of avoiding servitude and economic ruin.

As though building miles-wide structures in space isn’t challenging enough, special interests, from technophobes to eco-extremists to radio astronomers, want to stop the project. And the remaining petro powers will do anything to protect their newfound dominance of world affairs.

NASA engineer Marcus Judson is determined to make the powersat demonstration project a success. And he will—even though nothing in his job description mentions combating an international cabal or going into space to do it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A taut near-future thriller…Lerner’s vision of the future is both topical and possible in this crisp, fast-paced hard SF adventure.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lerner’s near-future SF thriller features a plausible scenario that combines concern about the planet’s diminishing energy resources with the current interest in asteroid mining and the potential danger of meteoric impacts.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Steve | 9/4/2013

    " Pessimistic, depressing, and jingoistic. The first half is mostly made up of meetings. The second half has some action, but too many characters, most of which the reader has no reason to sympathize with. The ending, rather than being climactic, is addressed in an extended epilogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andy Bulkley | 7/11/2013

    " This was the first Ed Lerner book I have read. It was well put together. The science made sense. It was a good story, with characters that were likable, or dislikable, depending on there role. I will read more of Ed Lerner's books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by theelfqueen | 5/1/2013

    " Read this in Analog -- loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sabion | 11/20/2012

    " Imaginative near future Sci-Fi. The science felt believable and the world that Mr. Lerner created felt real. The characters were thin at times but the story of adventure in space kept me turning the pages. "

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