- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; 1st Edition edition (3 Mar. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184149335X
- ISBN-13: 978-1841493350
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 3.6 x 20.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,798,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Iron Sunrise (Singularity Sky) Hardcover – 3 Mar 2005
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Iron Sunrise is a suspenseful future tale of intergalactic espionage and planetary destruction.
When the planet of New Moscow was brutally destroyed, its few survivors launched a counter-attack against the most likely culprit: the neighbouring system of trade rival New Dresden. But New Dresden wasn't responsible, and as the deadly missiles approach their target, Rachel Mansour, agent for the interests of Old Earth, is assigned to find out who was. The one person who does know is a disaffected teenager who calls herself Wednesday Shadowmist. But Wednesday has no idea where she might be hiding this significant information. Time is limited and if Rachel can't resolve this mystery it will mean annihilation of an entire world.See all Product description
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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!
It's still worth buying, mind. There is also room left for another book in the series, although Stross has no plans for one at the moment.
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.
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