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Army engineer Eduardo Torres is caught up in the worlds raging oil wars when he stumbles onto the plans for a quantum-energy battery. This remarkable device could slow civilizations inevitable descent into environmental disaster, but Torres has other plans. Forming a private army, he uses the device to revive an abandoned space colonization effort in an ambitious campaign to lead humanity to a new life in a distant solar system.

The massive endeavor faces many challenges before the fleet finally embarks for the Holzstein System many light-years away. But even as the feuding colonists struggle to carve out homes on alien worlds, they discover that they have not left their old conflicts and inner demons behind.

Nor are they alone on this new frontier. Awaiting them are inhuman beings who strike without warning or explanation--and who may spell the end of humanitys last hope.

Epic in scope, yet filled with searing human drama and emotion, A Grey Moon Over China is a monumental science fiction saga by an amazing new talent. Its original publication by Black Heron Press was  named one of the “Best Books of 2006" by Kirkus Reviews.

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"First published in 2006 by Black Heron Press, Day's intense debut opens in the year 2027 with the world on the verge of economic and environmental collapse as nations wage war over a rapidly diminishing oil supply. Army engineer Eduardo Torres accidentally discovers plans for a quantum battery, which could solve Earth's energy crisis. Instead of sharing it, Torres sets up his own rogue state, builds a fleet of starships and takes them through a wormhole to the Holzstein System, only to be attacked first by other humans and then by what appear to be aliens determined to destroy humankind. Though marred by a few technological improbabilities, this well-written, decidedly grim novel is replete with strong, thorny characters, fast-paced action sequences and rich descriptions of human folly and true heroism." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"[Presents] a grimly optimistic picture of the future while telling the personal stories of his characters as they struggle to make their way in an uncertain world." Library Journal

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"A Grey Moon Over Chinapaints an engrossing high-tech-decaying-into-low-tech future, with lots of Machiavellian intrigue and a fascinating struggle by humans to understand their machines."Entertainment Weekly

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"Inventive, disturbing, intriguingly populated, and utterly fascinating: an altogether remarkable debut." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Synopsis:

Epic in scope, yet filled with searing human drama and emotion, "A Grey Moon Over China" is a monumental science fiction saga by an amazing new talent.

About the Author

Thomas A. Day works as a forensic software and intellectual property analyst, serving as an expert witness in high-stakes technology litigation. He lives with his wife and two sons in Portland, Oregon.

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Ian Foster, July 23, 2009 (view all comments by Ian Foster)
A Grey Moon Over China has the potential to become the most important and/or influential sci-fi book of its generation. And I’m not just saying that, as I'm not a big fan of speaking in hyperbole. I really believe this book has that kind of potential. It’s difficult for me to put into words my thoughts and feelings on Thomas A Day’s profound first attempt at a novel. I’m sure I can’t do justice to his book. I won't try to recap the plot since the publisher has done that for us on the dust jacket. All I can do is simply try to convey a sense of the message I took away from this book.

Eduardo Torres, the protagonist in A Grey Moon Over China, has a recurring dream of darkness, incoherence, and uncertainty. As you might imagine, that dream is a cryptic metaphor for his journey through life. Ed takes his friends, colleagues, and lover with him on that journey, and they both lose and gain their humanity along the way.

This is not a happy book. If you want happy, go to Disneyland. I have no problem with Disneyland, mind you. I take my family there every year. But I’m not always looking for Disneyland. Sometimes I’m looking for a dose of truth, no matter how bad it might taste. An elixir to stop my utopian dreams from running amuck, so that I might remember how far we yet have to go and how much work is yet to be done. A foul reminder not to take anyone’s goodness, particularly my own goodness, for granted. The author drives home with gut-wrenching exuberance the point that what’s necessary and what’s right are not always the same thing, and that sooner or later we all have to make a choice. We cannot have it both ways and we cannot pass blame, judgment, or condemnation on others.

Thankfully, however, the people living in Thomas A. Day’s vision of the near future are not irreparable or irredeemable. He may force upon us the desperate truth that, if humanity is to create a better life for our children here and amongst the stars, it will take better people than we are ... but he also leaves us with the assurance that it will not take better people than we are capable of being ... for that, ultimately, is the message of hope behind and beyond the unhappy plight of the characters in A Grey Moon Over China.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780765321428
Author:
Day, Thomas
Publisher:
Tor Books
Author:
Day, Thomas A.
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction - High Tech
Subject:
Science / High Tech
Subject:
Space warfare
Subject:
Energy development
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science Fiction/Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction/Alien Contact
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20100330
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
6.66 x 4.23 x 1.04 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "First published in 2006 by Black Heron Press, Day's intense debut opens in the year 2027 with the world on the verge of economic and environmental collapse as nations wage war over a rapidly diminishing oil supply. Army engineer Eduardo Torres accidentally discovers plans for a quantum battery, which could solve Earth's energy crisis. Instead of sharing it, Torres sets up his own rogue state, builds a fleet of starships and takes them through a wormhole to the Holzstein System, only to be attacked first by other humans and then by what appear to be aliens determined to destroy humankind. Though marred by a few technological improbabilities, this well-written, decidedly grim novel is replete with strong, thorny characters, fast-paced action sequences and rich descriptions of human folly and true heroism." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[Presents] a grimly optimistic picture of the future while telling the personal stories of his characters as they struggle to make their way in an uncertain world."
"Review" by , "A Grey Moon Over Chinapaints an engrossing high-tech-decaying-into-low-tech future, with lots of Machiavellian intrigue and a fascinating struggle by humans to understand their machines."
"Review" by , "Inventive, disturbing, intriguingly populated, and utterly fascinating: an altogether remarkable debut."
"Synopsis" by , Epic in scope, yet filled with searing human drama and emotion, "A Grey Moon Over China" is a monumental science fiction saga by an amazing new talent.
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