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Burning the Ice
     

Burning the Ice

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by Laura J. Mixon
 

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More than a hundred years after a small band of humans stole an antimatter-fueled starship and headed away at near-lightspeed, a colony of those renegades' descendants are now struggling to survive on Brimstone, a barely-habitable world of ice and bitter cold four dozen light-years from Earth.

In the long run,

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More than a hundred years after a small band of humans stole an antimatter-fueled starship and headed away at near-lightspeed, a colony of those renegades' descendants are now struggling to survive on Brimstone, a barely-habitable world of ice and bitter cold four dozen light-years from Earth.

In the long run, they hope to slowly terraform Brimstone, making it, if not Earthlike, at least bearable. In the short run-well, life is hard, and everyone lives in everyone else's laps. Not easy for anyone. Particularly hard if, like Manda, you just aren't cut out to get along with others in conditions of constant crowding and zero privacy.

Most people wouldn't be eager to get away from the main colony and work on a scientific project in the howling frozen wastes. For Manda, it's a deliverance. But news of the intelligent life she discovers in Brimstone's depths will change everything-if she can bring the news back to her fellows alive. For, it turns out, there are political plots and counterplots still active in the colony, dangerous twists tracing back to Earth itself...and outward to the stars.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940150826434
Publisher:
digitalNoir publishing
Publication date:
08/03/2015
Series:
Avatars Dance , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
541
File size:
975 KB

Meet the Author

Laura J. Mixon lives in New Mexico with her husband, author Steven Gould, and their two daughters. She is an environmental engineer (trained originally as a chemical engineer) and served two years in Kenya in the Peace Corps. Her first book, Astropilots, was published in the US, England, and Japan. Her work is often associated with the cyberpunk movement, and has been the focus of academic studies on the intersection of technology, feminism, and gender. Her current fiction comes out under her writing pseudonym, M. J. Locke.

She is a graduate of the Clarion writing workshop and an instructor at the Viable Paradise genre writing workshop on Martha's Vineyard. She blogs occasionally at laurajmixon.com (general) and feralsapient.com (writing-related), and tweets as @MorganJLocke (primary) and @LauraJMG.

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Burning the Ice 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Almost fifty light years from earth, Brimstone is an icy moon in which the inhabitants are descendants of clones of exiles who fled earth over a century ago. Struggling to survive on this hostile world, the colonists are trying to terraform this frozen orb into a more habitable locale as their equipment is beginning to fail.

Since her twin died at birth, Manda is an acerbic loner in a world where everyone else has at least a twin and privacy is impossible. No one but a person like Manda would volunteer for the harsh role of observing from a sub the results of Project IceFlame, an endeavor to release heat and greenhouse gases trapped by frozen glaciers. However, Manda discovers more than she expected. Her data displays unexplained heat sources in the ocean under the ice that reflect intelligent life. For Manda the adventure has just begun, as her peers appear hostile towards her and her discovery and that the starship that dumped the original colonists on Brimstone hovers in the background.

Renowned for her thought provoking science fiction novels (see PROXIES), Laura J. Mixon does it again with a complex book that hooks readers from start to finish. BURNING THE ICE is a sequel to PROXIES albeit a century later and ice bound as opposed to space bound, but it raises new issues inside a cerebral, fast-paced thriller. The key to the novel is Manda, an interesting lead protagonist who is the sun that the plot and other characters evolve around. Fans of terse outer space tales will appreciate Ms. Mixon¿s latest intelligent action packed triumph.

Harriet Klausner