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The Wreck of the River of Stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2008

    A classic tragedy

    This was one of the most compelling books of any genre I've read in quite a while. Deeply drawn characters, detailed science making real both the ship and the character's interactions as they stumble sometimes heroically, often not, always human towards their doom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2004

    Minutia over Story

    292 pages into the 534 page paperback, and I give up. WAY too much minutia on engines and sails and everything else, and simply not enough plot development. I've long since quit caring. I don't know why I kept plodding so long, except I hate to give up and kept expecting it to get better!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great sf

    Today¿s technology is tomorrow¿s junk. For instance, The River of Stars was a luxurious passenger liner that used immense magnetic sails to catch the solar wind. However, the invention of the Farnsworth fusion drive turned the sailing ships obsolete. The River of Stars is the last one still operating as it hauls cargo between Jupiter and the asteroid belt. However, its sails are never used, as they are symbols of the past............................. . When Captain Hand dies from an illness, Gorgas becomes in charge when an emergency occurs. A small meteor hits the ship destroying two engines and crippling the deceleration process making a safe landing impossible. The only hope to walk away resides in the sails, but navigator Corrigan and sailmaster Satterwaithe know Gorgas and Engineer Bhatterji would never listen especially since the latter insists he can fix the malfunctioning engines. Turning to ancient philosophy of not putting all your eggs in one basket Corrigan and Satterwaithe serendipitously work with the crew of misfits to merge the old with the new in a desperate attempt to survive.................. This is science fiction at its best as the audience sees the impact of a radical change in technology on people and industries as has happened throughout history especially the twentieth century (horse driven coaches to cars, etc.). The story line conveys a deep a powerful look at varying technological changes on a crew without slowing down the plot. On top of an action-packed yet cerebral thriller, the cast is fully developed so readers understand the crisis and how everyone will react to it. Flynn has written a winner................. Harriet Klausner

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