LIFELINE Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1990
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From Library Journal
When nuclear war finally destroys the Earth, three space colonies from different nations find themselves representing humanity's last chance for survival. Fanatics, autocrats, scientists, and peacemakers wage their own battle of wills in the isolation of space in this well-written first novel. For large sf collections.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Kevin J. Anderson is the author of more than one hundred books, 47 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists. He has over 21 million books in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for numerous prestigious awards, including the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader's Choice Award, the American Physics Society's Forum Award, and New York Times Notable Book. By any measure, he is one of the most popular writers currently working in the science fiction genre. Colonel Doug Beason, USAF (ret), is the author of 14 books, eight with collaborator Kevin J. Anderson, including Ignition (bought by Universal studios), Nebula nominee Assemblers of Infinity, and Ill Wind (optioned by Fox Studios). His solo novels are Return to Honor, Assault on Alpha Base, and Strike Eagle. His latest nonfiction book is The E-Bomb: How America’s New Directed Energy Weapons Will Change the Way Wars Will Be Fought. Colonel Beason’s short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies as diverse as Analog and Amazing Stories, to Physical Review Letters and The Wall Street Journal. A Fellow of the American Physical Society and Ph.D. physicist, Doug has worked on the White House staff for the President’s Science Advisor, was the Associate Laboratory Director at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he was responsible for reducing the global threat of weapons of mass destruction, and was recently Chief Scientist for Air Force Space Command. On active duty for 24 years, Colonel Beason’s last assignment was as the Commander of the Phillips Research Site, where he was responsible for the facilities and personnel conducting research on directed-energy weapons and space vehicles in three theaters world-wide. He is currently Senior Vice President for Special Programs at Universities Space Research Association and is at work on several novels. DougBeason.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Despite the fact that some of its history has turned out to be wrong, this is a good novel of an impossible situation and is thrilling in its exexcution.
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Aside from the tired "old cliché" and frankly boring "déjà vu" that seeps from the old cold war remnants, the ever effective "Anderson/Beason" template spins out its story with the usual plots, twists and turns and serves a delicious mayonnaise of suspense, horror, murder, manipulation and sheer stupidity, masterfully blended into a huge salad of inventiveness, brilliance, open mindedness and credibility. There is not a shred of doubt that these subjects were researched well beyond professional standards, these two authors take their subject well over the highest peaks of passion.
In short, more than only good value for money, "Lifeline" is as tall a story as they come; engrossing entertainment for anyone who claims belonging to the club of science fiction aficionados. In this far fetched scenario someone puts a gun to my head and asks me to choose between "Lifeline" and "Assemblers of Infinity" and I answer: "If I cant have both, you might as well pull that trigger."
Logic leaps and spoilers:
Why would Russian scientist decide to attack other colonies with no provocation?
If they have single molecule wire of infinite strength obvious usage is space elevator not a yo yo.
Odds of hitting a single molecule-thick wire in three dimensional space by accident pretty small.
Breeding space creatures that die when inert items placed inside? What kills them?
Killing 10% of the population to assure enough food for next six months? If it is that close it is within the accuracy they can predict caloric intake and production for six months out. A cut of of a third or more would be required to make a significant difference.
Who would let shuttles get into position where they can't get to earth or a colony without outside refueling? That is equivalent to marching into desert without enough water counting on an air drop.