Mercury, Volume 16

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Macmillan, 2005 - Fiction - 319 pages
The closest planet to our Sun, Mercury is a rocky, barren, heat-scorched world. But there are those who hope to find wealth in its desolation.

Saito Yamagata thinks Mercury's position will make it an ideal orbit point for satellites that could someday create enough power to propel starships into deep space. He hires Dante Alexios to bring his dreams to life. Astrobiologist Victor Molina thinks the water at Mercury's poles may harbor evidence of life, and hopes to achieve fame and glory by proving it. Bishop Elliot Danvers has been sent by the powerful Earth-based "New Morality" to keep close tabs on Molina's endeavors, which threaten to produce results contrary to fundamentalist teachings.

Three of these men are blissfully unaware of their shared history and how it ties into one of mankind's greatest tragedies. Years before, visionary engineer Mance Bracknell made his own attempt to help man progress into space by building a ladder to the stars: a glistening tower stretching thousands of miles into the air, anchored by spans of steel to a satellite in geosynchronous orbit. But technological endeavor was no match for human passions, and greed and jealousy provoked terrorists to an act of sabotage that resulted in the death of millions.

There's no telling how many more will have to die before Mance has his revenge...
 

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User Review  - SonicQuack - LibraryThing

Spawned lovers in intergalactic feud, is a potential tabloid headline for Mercury. It's science fiction elements are but a backdrop to the cast of rather unlikeable astronauts. In tone this feels more ... Read full review

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Rerated, as I reread it. The science is incidental, and the story is disjointed to an extent that made it hard to get through. The huge historical diversion in the middle destroyed the flow of the ... Read full review

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Contents

PROLOGUE THE LONG SEARCH
11
BOOK I THE REALM OF FIRE
15
BOOK Il TEN YEARS EARLIER
117
BOOK III EXILED
203
BOOK IV VENGEANCE
255
EPILOGUE LAST WILLS
317
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
320
24 DECEMBER 2095 ON THE SHORE OF THE METHANE SEA
323
PROFESSOR WILMOTS ORAL DIARY
325
24 DECEMBER 2095 HABITAT GODDARD
327
23 DECEMBER 2095 THE DAY BEFORE
330
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A six-time winner of science fiction's Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog and former fiction editor of Omni, and a past president of the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America, Ben Bova is the author of over a hundred works of science fact and fiction. He lives in Florida.

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