The planet Ishtar has three suns, and the third is Anu, the Demon Star, which is usually so far away that it is just a bright star in the sky. But once every thousand years it comes close. Then, its heat brings the "Fire Time", when the barbarian nomads in the tropic regions must flee their scorched lands, and all civilization crumbles into chaos. This time, things could have been different -- for this time the humans have discovered Ishtar and brought with them their magical technology. Too bad that the humans are suddenly faced with a war of their own, their very own "Fire Time".
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
This is a story about a planet with severe global warming problems. It also has a platonic love affair and very good pacing. A fun time for Poul's fans. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Karlstar - LibraryThing
A similiar concept to Aldiss' Heliconia novels, but in reverse, a planet that goes through a very hot cycle when one of its stars approaches, causing the fall of civilization, usually. This time ... Read full review