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Building Harlequin's Moon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    loved it hope there is a sequel Anonymous

    Loved it hope there is a sequel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Good Airplane book

    Picked this up while stuck at an airport.
    Was alright to keep me occupied but not likely to have been one bought normally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

    An interstellar pit-stop becomes so much more

    Rachel is a slave. She doesn¿t know it but she is a disposable human, bred for the work of getting the space ship John Glenn back on its way, and when the job is finished she will be discarded. All of her people share this plight and they can¿t be allowed to learn the truth. When the John Glenn suffered damage en route to its original destination, the captain was forced to divert to a nearby solar system to make repairs. The repairs include refueling the ship with antimatter, which requires building a collider, which requires a manufacturing base, which requires a world populated by workers. Gabriel, the chief terraformer of the John Glenn crew, takes up the task of making a world from the moons of a gas giant named Harlequin (thus the title of the book). Gabriel awakens and returns to frozen storage many times before the moon he fashions is ready for people. When the moon is ready, a selection of Earth-born are awakened to bear children who will become the Moon-born. Once you buy into the setup of this book, the story unfolds wonderfully. Behind the human drama, the book includes a showcase of technology required to carve an existence for humans out of the void. A large cast of believable characters (perhaps a bit too large) struggle over the fate of the Moon-born. Alliances shift and evolve along with the civilization on Harlequin¿s moon to a dramatic showdown that threatens both populations. Rachel, a reluctant leader and reluctant rebel, must at last make a stand as the only person who can bridge the two worlds. The ending is not really a surprise, if you think about it, but getting there is all the fun in this book. It is strong on human politics, mild sexuality, and technology but it might not be entirely satisfying for those who thrive on military action and huge space battles. Near the end, a number of Moon-born characters are introduced and I struggled to keep up with who is who. Still, there is plenty for the science fiction enthusiast to enjoy and I recommend this book for all readers 14 or older. Reviewed by Hugh Mannfield at

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    Posted March 24, 2011

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