The Stars are Also Fire (Harvest of Stars, #2)
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The Stars are Also Fire (Harvest of Stars #2)

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Larry Niven called Harvest of Stars "a masterpiece."

Now Poul Anderson returns to the same brilliantly conceived future to tell a story of revolution and liberation on the Moon.
Paperback, 576 pages
Published October 15th 1995 by Tor Science Fiction (first published August 1994)
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Emerson Fortier
A great read that explore in great depth the differences between individuals, peoples, races, and particularly, machine and man. Set in a not so unlikely future when machines have largely revolutionized the work force sending many into unemployment and a few on a desperate quest for meaning and purpose in a world where the very idea of freedom has been forgotten.

I really enjoyed it. I think you'll like it a lot if your interested in figuring out the way the world might look after the "robotic r...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 21, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Prometheus Awards
Billions and billions of years ago when I first bought and read Harvest of Stars and its sequel The Stars Are Also Fire, I loved those books. I can't remember or imagine why. Before embarking upon a reread I could remember nothing about either book, and that's usually a bad sign--that it didn't make a lasting impression, even though plenty of books--often much shorter and read even longer ago--made a bigger impact.

Usually though, even if I've outgrown a book, I can remember and understand what I...more
Rob
I think maybe this is the kind of science fiction I might have enjoyed in high school; but I was also willing reading Ayn Rand novels in high school. I guess what I'm saying there is: there are some things that we grow out of.

I made it through about 75 pages before I pushed this aside—I just couldn't take it. Whatever story (or stories) were buried in there, they were not coming together; and even assuming that they inevitably would, I could find nothing compelling in the narrative, nor the styl...more
ETMoore
Nicely paced and plotted story with a nicely converged past and present timeline, but like much scifi of this period, it comes to the end trying to resolve metaphysical issues while trying to stay true to it's philosophical materialism and so is ultimately unsatisfying.
Josh
Sep 07, 2011 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
Despite what other reviewers might say, this book is far from being Libertarian/Objectivist propaganda. Rather, despite the viewpoint mostly sticking with the libertarianish crowds, Anderson does a superb job of presenting both sides of the argument.

There are very few villians here, if any; and while Aleka and Ian loosely fit into the protagonist category and Venator into the antagonist category, both Aleka and Ian are consistently plagued with doubts about their goal, and Venator the remarkably...more
Mike Blake
I had to abandon this book after about 75 pages. I recently read Starfarers by Anderson, and gave it 4 stars. But this book, just never got me interested. I switched to Vernon Vinge's A Fire Upon Deep, and I was hooked after a few pages.

One thing that bothered about this book, was that it seemed that Anderson was relying way to much on a thesaurus, or was using obscure words as often as possible to make the read very difficult.
Johnny
Poul Anderson is vastly underappreciated. And prolific. This book is epic. You've got transcendent artificial intelligence, interstellar colonization, hard astronomy, bioengineering, sex, talking seals, genetically regressed mormon robber barons. Hell yeah.
Nathan Avery
Memorable characters and a well-imagined setting save a rambling story that essentially goes nowhere. Anderson ratchets up the mystery and anticipation extremely well, but the payoff never really occurs. That being said, this is my favorite representation of moon life next to 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'.
Kevin Cudby
A gripping and nuanced exploration of humanity's long-term options. Anderson convincingly shows how human imagination and dogged stubbornness eventually knock down the most daunting obstacles. Along with "Harvest of Stars," this is a must-read for anyone interested in technology and politics.
Jk Huddleston
I sometimes grow tired of the in-depth family blah blah Dagny weepy character even though the man spins a good yarn and is a superb (learned) writer. I give the book three stars for the sheer scale of the story and his vision on what a colonized space future may look like.
Jeremiah Johnson
Very painful book to get through. Every other chapter switches timelines in an unsuccessful attempt to add style to a very dull story. It took me months to get through half of this book and now I'm giving up.
Rob Pucci
Meh. Never could get into it. I will probably try again some other year...
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Pseudonym A. A. Craig, Michael Karageorge, Winston P. Sanders, P. A. Kingsley.

Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a...more
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