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Buckell returns to the universe of Crystal Rain (2006) and Ragamuffin (2007) for another action-packed story of human colonists fighting to survive on an alien world with all the odds against them. The story bounces between two protagonists: teenage Timas, one of the few inhabitants of the floating spherical city of Yatapek who can maintain the enormous mining machine that harvests ore from the furnace-hot surface of Venus-like Chilo, and Pepper, aka Juan Smith, an elite Ragamuffin soldier from New Anegada who'd prefer to forget about his violent past. As the only survivor of a ship infected with a virus that turns people into murderous zombie slaves of the alien Swarm, the last thing Pepper wants is another fight, but with the Swarm making inroads on Chilo, he has little choice. Buckell delivers double helpings of action and violence in a plot-driven story worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. (Aug.)
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“Sly Mongoose combines weird and wonderful tech and human cultures of fantastic diversity with some of the coolest planet-building this side of Hal Clement.”—Elizabeth Bear
“Tobias S. Buckell is a dazzling new voice.”—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award–Winning author of Hominids on Crystal Rain
“Ragamuffin is a winner.”—San Jose Mercury News
“First-class space adventure, with tip-top characterization, action, and world-building. May Buckell enjoy a long, productive career.”—Booklist on Ragamuffin
“Buckell plays with Caribbean and Aztec cultures, bending their exotic flavor to technology-flavored ends. A lot of fun.”—Publishers Weekly on Ragamuffin
“Crystal Rain is refreshing and imaginative, an exotic stew of cultures, myths, and technology.”—Kevin J. Anderson, bestselling co-author of Sandworms Of Dune
“Buckell’s first novel conjures a vividly imagined world, spiced with intrigue and adventure that unfolds at a breakneck pace.”—Booklist on Crystal Rain