The Sky So Big and Black

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Macmillan, Aug 3, 2002 - Fiction - 315 pages
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At the end of the twenty-first century, Earth is under the control of a single intelligence, the apparently benign One True. Mars, meanwhile, is slowly terraforming, and the human settlers there are still free of One True's control...but they need a pressure suits to survive outside, and it will be a century or more before the planet's fit for terrestrial life.

Terpsichore Murray is growing up on Mars. She wants to quit school and become, like her father, an ecoprospector. He has other ideas: he wants her to stay in school. He does want her along on his next long trip but only to conduct a group of younger kids from the highlands at Mars's equator back to school in Wells City.

What happens next will change Terpsichore, will change Mars, and will open the door to a new chapter in the history of intelligent beings in the solar system . . . all of them.

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Review: The Sky So Big and Black (Century Next Door #4)

User Review  - Rich - Goodreads

The Sky So Big and Black is a first-rate novel, clearly a Hugo contender in my view. It's scary at times, sweet at times, it presents a fascinating social structure, and some excellent SFnal ... Read full review

Review: The Sky So Big and Black (Century Next Door #4)

User Review  - Steve Hughes - Goodreads

Seems to be a whole bunch of vaguely disconnected ideas thrown together to make a rather disquieting story. A coming of age teenage adventure story turns into a vague and disturbing dystopia. Not a conventionally put together story at all, but pretty satisfying for hard-core genre fans. Read full review

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John Barnes is the award-winning author of Orbital Resonance, A Million Open Doors, Mother of Storms, Earth Made of Glass, The Merchants of Souls, Candle, and many other novels. With Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, he wrote the novels Encounter with Tiber and The Return. He lives in Colorado.

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