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The generation ship Peerless has set out on a mission to discover the technology needed to save its home world from annihilation. But the Peerless is facing urgent problems of its own. It does not carry enough fuel to return home, so without a new form of propulsion the explorers will remain stranded in space.
A population explosion has stretched the ship's life support capacity to its limits, and the biology of the travellers offers only the harshest way to prevent further growth: subjecting the women to famine conditions in a drastic attempt to limit the number of children they bear.
When the astronomer Tamara discovers the Object - a massive meteor just within reach- hopes rise that there might finally be a solution to the fuel crisis. As an expedition is organised to explore the Object, a biologist struggles to devise a better way to control fertility, while his partner stumbles on a strange phenomenon that challenges everything she thought she knew about light.
As the three scientists clash with the leaders of the Peerless and the traditions and prejudices of their society, they find themselves swept up in two equally dangerous revolutions: one in their understanding of matter and energy, the other in the radically different roles imposed by their species on women and men. Either change may destroy the ship - together, they might save their world.
The Eternal Flame is the second volume of the Orthogonal trilogy, continuing the story of the Peerless that began with The Clockwork Rocket.
'Clockwork Rocket is the perfect sf novel' Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book Critic
"[A] hugely ambitious novel ... full of interesting characters with real desires, hopes and flaws, while the plot is multi-layered, complex and gripping." Patrick Mahon, SFCrowsNest.com
[Cover of Clockwork Rocket]
Orthogonal Book 1
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Did not like it too much, he got bogged down in science, requiring too much thinking. It needs clearer descriptions for the science. I would not read it again. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rohit (NZ)
This sequel maintains the momentum of the "Orthogonal" series. We are now a few generations on from the original book, and Greg Egan gives us a mixture of adventure,... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2012 by Christopher J. Napier