One of the first men to walk on the Moon pens a compelling novel about the opportunities and dangers that confront us in space today. When India and Pakistan suddenly go to war, Pakistan detonates a nuclear device that inadvertently destroys every satellite in Earth's orbit and exposes a space station crew to dangerous radiation levels. The one ...
One of the first men to walk on the Moon pens a compelling novel about the opportunities and dangers that confront us in space today. When India and Pakistan suddenly go to war, Pakistan detonates a nuclear device that inadvertently destroys every satellite in Earth's orbit and exposes a space station crew to dangerous radiation levels. The one man who can mount a daring rescue is former astronaut Scott Blackstone--if he can just clear his name in time.
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Publishers Weekly, 2000-05-01 Reunited with award-winning SF writer Barnes (Encounter with Tiber), Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, imagines a near future when the space program is in the hands of competing private corporations. In association with ShareSpace, headed by ex-astronaut CEO Scott Blackstone, NASA is offering privileged civilians the opportunity to ride as "Citizen Observers" on space shuttle missions. The third such celebrity in space, basketball legend MJ (Michael James), has scarcely reached orbit when he and a crew member are killed in what appears to be a bizarre accident. Culminating in an emergency crash landing on Easter Island, this tragedy puts the future of the entire space program in jeopardy. Overnight, Blackstone becomes the scapegoat and--sued by MJ's mother for over $1 billion--is fired. When, mysteriously, Blackstone finds that no lawyer will take his case, his brother, Nick, v-p of rocket builder Republic Wright, revives the childhood bond of the Mars Four (Nick; Scott; Scott's ex-wife, celebrity attorney Thalia, mother of their 10-year-old son; and Eddie Killeret, Nick's counterpart at rival Curtiss Aerospace)--and persuades Thalia to represent Scott. Despite anonymous threats, the case turns in their favor when the media focus on the explosion of a Pakistani proton bomb that turns the entire ionosphere into a super Van Allen belt, knocking out all existing satellites. Enter an enigmatic figure from a secret agency tying everything to a Chinese conspiracy. After three of the Mars Four go into space on a mission to rescue the crew of a disabled space station, fade to sunset as they reunite at the beach cottage of their youth. In made-for-Disney prose, this facile effort makes a fast read. $150,000 marketing campaign; 20-city author tour. (May) FYI: Aldrin is the head of a foundation called ShareSpace, which advocates civilian space travel. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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