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Building Harlequin's Moon MP3 CD – Oct 2012

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470810743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470810740
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,274,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When the terraforming crew of the interstellar starship John Glenn accidentally lands on the giant gas planet of Harlequin, they are forced to shape a nearby moon into a temporary home, a situation that tests the leadership capabilities of the lead terraformer Gabriel and changes everything that slave girl Rachel Vanowen and her people have ever kn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Grant Hutchison on 15 Aug. 2005
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Be aware that this isn't really a Larry Niven book - it's Brenda Cooper's work, supported by Niven. As such, it lacks the big hard science we've come to expect from Niven science fiction. What science and astronomy there is is offered rather nervously, and is poorly worked out. Those who see Niven as first-credited author and so expect vintage Niven SF will therefore be disappointed.
That said, this is a good story, driven by rounded, believable characters who are trapped in a very plausible conflict.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Plews on 14 July 2005
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"Everybody" knows who Larry Niven is, but Brenda Cooper?
Who cares, this is a really good story, strong characters, great technologies.
A group of professionals leaving an AI/nanotechnology overrun Earth in a huge slower than light starship the John Glenn. The first of three heading for a planet Ymir. But the John Glenn has a design flaw and is nearly destroyed. It signals the problem back to Earth and then has to find a stellar system to divert to to make repairs and refuel.
The subsequenty story is about the task of surviving and building the resources/equipment to get the John Glenn to Ymri, but there is human conflict. To give more detail would spoil it.
Read it! One of the key perceptions of a good book for me is, do I want to read more. And I do! What happens next? I must know!
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I bought this as it had Lary Niven's name on the cover, but turned out to be Brenda Cooper's first book. She had obtained Niven's help to improve and audit her ideas.
Fortunately though it is an excellant read and you quickly come to care about the lead character and her situation.

As other have said it is a story about a shipwreck and the desperate attemps of the survivirs to achieve their escape from a barren system with no inhabitable planets and go on to where they intended to go. This is one of three ships fleeing an earth destroyed by artificial intelligence and nanites (gey-goo)To do this they use cold sleep to extend their lives(They are fully rejuvenated by nanites each time they use cold sleep) and live in shifts to create a habitable planet for their children to live and work on. the children and their children are to build the machinery to replace the fuel needed to reach their destination. As the ship is full the children are to be left behind so are brought up as virtual slaves to the apparent Gods who are their parents. They deliberately keep their distance and are not affectionate and loving as they know the children will die after they leave as the moon they create cannot exist for more than a century or so without technological maintenance. They are constantly concerned to control technological use as it could lead to the same consequeces as happened to earth.
The book follows one of the children who is the principal character in how the scheme progresses.
Recommended
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