Earth Made of Glass
In A Million Open Doors, John Barnes introduced the universe of the Thousand Cultures - in which, a thousand years hence, humanity's hundreds of settled worlds are finally coming back into regular contact with one another via the recently invented "springer," which affords instantaneous travel between worlds separated by light-years. But reknitting mankind's diversity is a challenging task, requiring skill, ingenuity, and the patience of professional diplomats. Which is what Giraut and Margaret have become, twelve years after the events of A Million Open Doors. Now their task is to bring into the community of the Thousand Cultures the one human world that has yet to build a springer - the terrifyingly hostile world of Briand, a planet of boiling acid oceans whose only habitable portions are Greenland-sized sub-continents that project out of the heat of the planetary surface into its temperate stratosphere.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Waianuhea - LibraryThing
A worthy successor to A Million Open Doors. The depth of the cultures is just as believable and stunning as the first book. The story was sad but in ways that were totally expected. Read this! John ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - liehtzu - LibraryThing
Better than the stuff he's been churning out lately it's still very dated and one imagines that Tom is wistful for the good old days of the old war. These Islamic terrorists must have him totality befuddled. Nonetheless a rattling good yarn for the airport or the beach. Read full review