Years after Earth is devastated by nuclear weapons, the survivors of a floating solar station above Europe assist the emergence of a low-tech civilization, until a treacherous faction seizes control of the station. Reissue.
Anderson weaves a global tale, providing credible new societies, each filled with believable characters. His characters are complex, with varying motivations, and are often flawed in some way. The primary protagonist matures through the the book from a vain and cocky young pilot to become a force to reshape the course of civilization. The underlying themes here are quite powerful. This book explores both the human urge to explore and push into the unknown, as well as the question of whether we can ever restrain our tendancies to harness technology to the purposes of destruction.
Anyone not familiar with Anderson's writing style might find portions of this book that are weighted down with excessive descriptions. However, as a whole, this is a fine story and is not an overly difficult book to read.