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Verdant Skies

( Verdant #1)

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A catastrophic eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera threatens the entire world's biosystem, and drives Earth's desperate residents to seek refuge in any of the four satellite-cities in Earth orbit. The satellite Verdant immediately finds itself under pressure to accept a forced occupation by a population it cannot hold, and certain doom of its own survivability. But a secre ...more
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Published September 1st 2010 by Right Brane ePublications (first published 2007)
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Grace Krispy
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Space-- the final frontier. It's 2229, and humans have recklessly used up many of Earth's precious resources. They have been forced to think of other options to relieve the negative impacts of overcrowding and limited resources. Many people now live aboard four different space satellites. Each satellite has its own leader and population, tourism is alive and well, and life goes on.

The satellite Verdant is a sovereign nation, yet it is dependent on Earth for necessary resources and as an outlet
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Ken Jackson
Jan 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Verdant Skies is a story about huge habitat satellites more than a century in the future that are considered almost sovereign countries yet are totally dependent on supplies from earth. The eruption of the Yellowstone mega-volcano chokes the skies of the world with ash and sets the stage for conflict. People on earth desperately want to emigrate to the satellites, but they're already at maximum capacity.

A sci-fi novel absolutely must deliver surprise to be a really good, and yet the surprise can
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Caleb Blake
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews (http://papyrus.calebblake.net/2012/02/29/verdant-skies-by-steve-lyle-jordan/)

Far in the future, when mankind is struggling to reverse the damage he has done to the planet, the planet itself eventually retaliates in a decisive manner - a cataclysmic eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera which fills the earth's atmosphere with volcanic ash. The focus of earth becomes the 4 habitable satellites orbiting the planet. So begins the drama that is Verd
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Ian
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You know that big super-volcano under Yellowstone Park? The one overdue for eruption? The one scientists say could cause a second ice-age when it does? Well, Verdant Skies set in the near future when man-made satellite space stations are in Earth orbit, and when Yellowstone does exactly that. This sets the stage for a host of developments with a surprising twist in the relationship between Earth and the Verdant station.

The sci-fi is set in the near future, and kept pretty realistic - or at least
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Albert
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was a little lost by the narration and the way names were used in this novel but all in all it was a great read. I found myself asking a lot of what if questions throughout the entire story. I feel this is a well thought out story with a few minor tweaks to the narration needed. The first or last name decisions should have been clear but it does not detract from the story too much.
Isaac Johnson
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. I hoped to read more. There weren't many plot twists and the characters were pretty straightforward but I liked the story and I thought the future world was quite plausible and well constructed (and I chuckled at the US VP).
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Steven Lyle Jordan has been writing science fiction for over 20 years. Living during the Space Age, the Computer Age, the tail end of the Cold War and the beginnings of the Environmental Era have molded his views on science and technology, and their place in society and the natural world.

He's officially given up on the flying car, but he does expect them to be self-driving before he's too old to
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