Synopses & Reviews
Despite wars with Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as 9/11, the United States’ dependence on foreign oil has kept the nation tied to the Middle East. A scientist has developed a cure for America’s addiction—a slow-acting virus that feeds on petroleum, turning it solid. But he didn’t consider that his contagion of an Iraqi oil field could spread to infect the fuel supply of the entire world… In Los Angeles, screenwriter Dave Marshall heard this scenario from a retired US marine and government insider who acted as a consultant on Dave’s last film. It sounded as implausible as many of his scripts, but the reality is much more frightening than anything he could have envisioned. An ordinary guy armed with extraordinary information, Dave hopes his survivor’s instinct will kick in so he can protect his wife and daughter from the coming apocalypse that will alter the future of Earth—and humanity…
Praise for John Varley “John Varley is the best writer in America.”—Tom Clancy “My life experience of John Varley’s stories has been that the great majority of them are literally unforgettable.”—William Gibson “There are few writers whose work I love more than John Varley’s, purely love.”—Cory Doctorow “One of science fiction’s most important writers.”—The Washington Post “Inventive.”—The New York Times
Mars was so much better before the tourists showed up, in this mystery follow-up to "Red Thunder" from a Nebula and Hugo Award winner.
A cosmic coming-of-age novel enthralling everyman heroics. Paul Di Filippo, SciFi.com
Mars sucks. And if anyone s allowed to say it, Ray Garcia-Strickland is, since his father was one of the first men to set foot there. Ray s father is now the manager of the Red Thunder, one of the swankiest hotels on overdeveloped Mars. And Ray has seen his share of gravity-dependent Earthies. Which doesn t stop him from fearing the worst when Earth is struck by an unknown object, causing a massive tsunami. Living high on his father s glory was okay, but now Ray must literally come down to Earth and help solve one of its greatest mysteries "
The son of one of the first men to fly to Mars and back, Ray Garcia-Strickland is now a disgruntled Martian, tired of the Red Planet's overdevelopment and the gravity-dependent tourist Earthies. But that doesn't stop him from fearing the worst when Earth is struck by an unknown object, causing a massive tsunami. Living high on his father's glory was okay, but now Ray must literally come down to Earth-and solve one of its greatest mysteries.
About the Author
John Varley is the author of the Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), Steel Beach, The Golden Globe, Red Thunder, Mammoth, Red Lightning, and Rolling Thunder. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for his work.