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Firestar Michael Flynn


Michael Flynn

Published 1996
885 pages
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 About the Book 

Ayn Rand meets The Man Who Sold the Moon.Comparable to early Heinlein. Good hard science fiction. Flynns book reads like an alternative history now that its near-future events (when published in 1995) have become recent past, but its easy to see--given his premises--how he got there. And getting there is half the fun.While the story keep pulling me forward, the prose is a bit dense. The character development was complex enough to seem realistic. The cast was diverse enough to occasionally confuse . . . and not everyone you care about has a happy ending. In fact, . . . but that would give things away.The political POV, slightly to the right of Attila the Hun, animates the plot without turning turning this into a political screed. (In fact, Flynn divorced his story from current American politics without separating it from a realistic world--hard to do when setting a story in the New York City area in a timeline that spans 9-11-2001.)