Iron Sunrise Hardcover – 1 Jul 2004
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"A real contender for the title of 'Space Opera of the Year.'" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Iron Sunrise is a suspenseful future tale of intergalactic espionage and planetary destruction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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To briefly synopsise; Rachel Mansour, causal WMD inspector for a far future evolution of the UN, is called to 'take out' a crazed terrorist with a nuke in the centre of Geneva. Meanwhile, the sun of the New Moscow system has been destroyed, taking the system with it, by protagonists unknown. Wednesday Shadowmist, a teenage malcontent from said system, finds herself entangled in a nasty web of people who want to kill her, because of a little mission her 'imaginary friend' Herman asked her to do before evacuating her original home. These threads and more are drawn into a complex yet rewarding tapestry spanning lightyears of space and time, all embellished with Stross's trademark wit and attention to detail. Suffice to say, if you like modern, high-octane, more-ideas-to-the-gallon space opera, then 'Iron Sunrise' is a must read.
Our youngest protagonist is evacuated from an outpost in a nearby system to avoid the radiation storm, and holds the key to who did the deed. Those familiar with previous works will recognise the team sent to solve the conundrum, which involves saving another inhabited system from the consequences of the Sunrise.
Wittily written, a potential classic in its own time. Highly recommended read.
The good news is that this is even better than Singularity Sky - it isn't quite as balls-to-the-wall inventive (there isn't anything quite as madcap as the Festival)but it is still full of big sf ideas (the "iron sunrise" itself is a memorable concept). The writing is noticeably sharper (though he was in no sense a bad writer before) the plotting is more measured and the whole thing just hangs together beautifully.
What it really has going for it, though, is the sly humour. There are more clowns (a Stross trademark?) and plenty of weirdness but it all serves the story.
A very, very good book.
The protagonist here is a Goth chick from outer space, being chased by an evil a set of Space Nazis as you could ever hope to come across, and chased she is, half way around the universe. There are loads of tech toys, clever spaceships, well explained physics and lovingly described weapons along with some nasty deaths and the 'God in a box' that is the defining feature of this universe.
Oh yes, and clowns, there has to be clowns...
Not much of a plot though...
Stross has said he's 'broken' this universe and won't be writing another book set in it, which is a pity...
The author expands on this here:
Singularity Sky and Iron Sunrise (along with Children of Saturn - which isn't part of this series) represent Stross' foray into the world of Space Opera. Stross combines a suitably sense of irony toward the genre with superlative storytelling, in this respect I prefer Iron Sunrise to Singularity Sky which had a slightly more tongue in cheek feel to it than Iron Sunrise. That said Stross retains his trademark humour, the book opens with an amusing scene featuring an Idi Amin impersonator!
Stross builds on the first story with some well conceived villains, continues to develop the previous characters and manages to balance the addition of a couple of other strong characters. I don't really want to spoil the plot for any potential readers, but it well structured and the way that the themes of a galactic trade dispute and second strike capabilities in space are handled is both intelligent and well executed.
I'd really recommend this book to anyone who has read Stross' other material and in particular to anyone who has read Singularity Sky. Fingers crossed for more stories in this universe!
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...and loved every minute of it. If this is Space Opera, that's what I love. If not, that's still what I love.
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I enjoyed reading this book
it was great fun and an interesting concept that made you think
about the story, characters and concepts
Thats my kind of sci-fi.
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This is the first Charles Stross book that I've read, and I'm going to find the others as it was funny, fast paced and enthralling. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2007 by Pliny