Fire Time

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Baen Books, Jun 1, 1988 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

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About the author (1988)

Poul Anderson, November 25, 1926 - July 31, 2001 Poul Anderson was born on November 25, 1926 in Bristol, Pennsylvania to parents Anton and Astrid. After his father's death, Poul's mother took them first to Denmark and then to Maryland and Minnesota. He earned his degree in Physics from the University of Minnesota, but chose instead to write stories for science fiction magazines, such as "Astounding." Anderson is considered a "hard science fiction" writer, meaning that his books have a basis in scientific fact. To attain this high level of scientific realism, Anderson spent many hours researching his topics with scientists and professors. He liked to write about individual liberty and free will, which was a well known theme in many of his books. He also liked to incorporate his love of Norse mythology into his stories, sometimes causing his modern day characters to find themselves in fantastical worlds, such as in "Three Hearts and Three Lions," published in 1961. Anderson has written over a hundred books, his last novel, "Genesis" won the John W. Campbell Award, one of the three major science fiction awards. He is a former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and won three Nebula awards and nine Hugo Awards. In 1997, Anderson was named a Grandmaster by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and was also inducted into the Science Fiction Fantasy Hall of Fame. Poul Anderson died on July 31, 2001 at the age of 74.

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