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Cold As Ice Hardcover – Jun 1992

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Jun. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312851391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312851392
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,754,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sheffield's uncommon vision and storytelling skill will keep you on the edge of your seat."--David Brin "Fits comfortably on the shelf with Clarke and Asimov and Heinlein. He writes classic stuff."--"Analog" "Written at the level of Arthur C. Clarke at his best--with deft characterization, pellucid handling of scientific questions, good world building and real wit--this is arguable Sheffield's best book yet."--"Booklist" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Charles Sheffield is a mathematician and theoretical physicist by training. His doctoral work was on Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. Currently Dr. Sheffield works as chief scientist for the Earth Satellite Corporation, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that specializes in the analysis of data gathered from space. The author of thirty previous science fiction novels, including" Cold as Ice" and" The Ganymede Club" from Tor, Sheffield lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, author Nancy Kress. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 July 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For some reason the publishers like comparing this author with Asimov and Clark. Surely by the late 90s this puts off more people than it encourages. I can see similarity with Asimov in that there are central characters engaged in a bit of detective work and its mostly a battle of brains rather than brawn. Thankfully it doesn't have 95 pages of dialogue where you are supposed to spot the clue. Anyway... this book is fun to read. He's taken the same universe as the Ganymede Club and selected the one of the same characters, but not the one you might expect... Bat. Mostly set in space, or underwater, or under planets .. good escapist stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angie on 26 Feb. 2007
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This is basically a "who and why-dunnit" in space. The characters are well drawn, and there are loads of "oh yeah, that's why that bit happened earlier!" moments, which I really like. With such a good book, it's a pity he cover art is so gash - it reminds me of the stuff I used to read in the late 70s/early 80s. OK, so I'm a SF geek, but I don't necessarily want to let on in public.

(Not quite as embarrassing on the tube as the Carlton Mellick III book I'm reading at the minute, mind)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Price on 30 Sept. 2005
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Well, this had a sub plot that was a bit "Hercule Poirot in Space" but I took three Sci-Fi theme books with me to Spain to read on the beach and I have to say that this one was a stonker.
The characters are so real that you empathise immediatley, the plot is believable, the story riveting. Buy this, grab a rum and coke and chill out.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov. 1997
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This book is set in the near future after a major war between sects of humans that occupy the asteroid belt region and those on Earth and Mars. The plot revolves around a new weapon that one side hopes will tilt the war in their favor. Unfortunately for them, events turn sour, they attempt to cover their tracks, and we are left with a mystery.
The book is well-written and easy to read. The plot does not create a great deal of suspense, and the resolution involves violations of biological principles that lack a real SF cover. As such, the stage is SF with interplanetary travel, frozen worlds that have been terraformed and the like. The plot, however, is fantasy involving biological responses beyond any norm. The mix is more than mildly annoying.
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