Kevin J. Anderson does it again (or, rather...does it for the 100th + time) with his Novel Lifeline. Our "home" Blue Planet is essentially gone... Anderson foresees our planet's doom resulting from BOTH nuclear war & careless stewardship of our planet. 3 Space Stations (not counting "Moon Base") are all that is left of modern man. Anderson uses numerous, wonderfully crafted metaphors to represent both humanity's downfall AND its' savior (technology, ecology, cooperation, "the individual decision-maker" and more). Anderson elegantly shows us humanity's most unfeeling, dark-side as "RIF's" cast out in to space PEOPLE because they don't score high enough on an "efficiency study." Even more disgusting, the last Totalitarian Regime nearly destroys what is left of mankind in space because of archaic "orders" stored in a super-computer! However...Anderson shows us that in the end, mankind (and even a teenager!) CAN come through & make correct decisions...even when others refuse to acknowledge the error of their ways. If you like, "plans within plans" and numerous exciting, converging story lines that cause you to read on through the night and hold your breath---Lifeline is for you!