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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (March 15 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812561848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812561845
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 231 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,590,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on April 1 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is the last book in Michael Flynn's Firestar series. It follows Firestar, Rogue Star, and Lodestar. Some of the character development is realized as we understand the reasons characters do what they do. For a change, much of the action takes place in space. At last everybody on Earth knows that at least one asteroid has been aimed at earth by technology of unknown, but presumably alien technology. Our spaceships are going out to meet them.

Three people in the middle of it all are:

Mariesa van Huyten has grown older and less involved in the business of space. But she has lived to see others take up the cause. Her life has slowed, allowing one or two relationships from the past to catch up with her. Space defense is not the only long-term project that has borne fruit.

Jimmy Poole has settled into the role of a respectable software developer. Because of his programming skills and reputation, he is hired to "cut the cheese" for a number of automated space systems. He does this well and, being Jimmy, keeps on telling everyone how well. Developing the navigation system for a new kind of field-based space drive, Jimmy moves outside of his comfort zone.

Jacinta Rosario is a third-generation spacer, taught by those who began their careers in Mariesa van Huyten's experimental education system. As her skills mature and she accumulates experience, it is clear Jacinta will be offered a place on an asteroid mission. It is less clear how her personal relationships will fit into these plans.

Some of the plot threads are wrapped up; some are only half-wrapped.
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Format: Hardcover
The Firestar saga is, in many ways, a traditional SF story. It brings together a group of young space enthusiasts dedicated to the development of a defense against meteors. Realizing that the government is unlikely to develop such a defense in the face of massive indifference, the group pursues a commercial approach to space exploitation.
In previous novels, Flynn has recorded the spread of industry into low Earth orbit (LEO) and beyond. Indeed, the LEO Consortium can't grow fast enough to meet the demand and some sharp operators find a way to cheat.
Meanwhile, a space probe observing an asteroid is destroyed and the data indicates that the destruction resulted from a rocket flare. And then telescopic observations find that the asteroid has changed orbit and is on course toward Earth.
Falling Stars begins with a market crash following exposure of the LEO fraud and announcement of the incoming asteroid. The president reacts to the downturn by raiding the federal budget to bailout social security and raises interest rates. Stocks of the LEO Consortium and other space industries are hurt the most in the downturn and lines of credit are drying up. Businesses are failing and jobs are becoming scarce.
With the business panic, nobody is really concerned about the asteroid, except Mariesa van Huyten. Realizing that the six years to impact is a very short lead, Mariesa uses her money and influence to start laying an infrastructure to defend against the asteroid.
This novel illustrates the weaknesses of both government and industry in sustaining the growth and viability of space development. As evidenced by the abrupt termination of the Apollo project, government funds are fickle and subject to the whims of the public and politicians.
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Format: Hardcover
I would have to say that since my years of reading Robert Heinlein I have yet to find an author that has drawn my attention more than Michael Flynn. He takes a very messy world view, scrambles it up with a host of characters & their very messy lives & brings a clarity to the struggle. I really like that!
Falling Stars is the final book in his Stars Series which brings together a dream for the human race & its stepping out of the cradle with the hard realities & political necessities such dreams must really face. Anyone with children knows those first steps bring bloody noses & so it is brought to life in vivid color in Flynn's writings.
Great Space Opera!
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Format: Hardcover
The fourth book of the trilogy...
Maybe if the third book in this series had not marked time so badly, Flynn wouldn't have had to cram as much material into the fourth. And maybe he wouldn't have had to leave so many major plot elements (Most notably: Who Threw the Rocks and Why?) dangling. Just from the viewpoint of plot mechanics, "Falling Stars" is unsatisfying -- and that makes the whole series frustrating.
From a viewpoint of characterization, all the major characters dig down to the clockwork in their souls -- and somehow it's just not very interesting. Possibly that's because it's the male characters getting in touch with their inmost selves in "Falling Stars," where the women went through this process in the earlier books. Flynn has written some of the most unpleasant, manipulative, driven female characters I've read in years -- but they're capable of better than their clockworks would indicate and they're always interesting. The males, on the other hand, don't seem to get beyond overripe adolescence.
I'm glad I read the "Stars" series -- Flynn is hugely inventive and his style is pleasant -- but I doubt I'll ever feel drawn to re-read it.
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