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Crucible
     

Crucible

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by Nancy Kress
 

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A science fiction epic.
It began with Crossfire: a far-future novel of planetary colonization and alien first contact. Jake Holman, a man trying to escape a dark past, brought together a diverse group of thousands to settle on a new world. But instead the humans found themselves caught in the crossfire of a galaxy-spanning war between two disparate species:

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A science fiction epic.
It began with Crossfire: a far-future novel of planetary colonization and alien first contact. Jake Holman, a man trying to escape a dark past, brought together a diverse group of thousands to settle on a new world. But instead the humans found themselves caught in the crossfire of a galaxy-spanning war between two disparate species: aggressive, militaristic humanoids known as Furs and passive, plantlike creatures known as Vines.

Having cast their lots with the peaceful Vines, humanity faces all-out war against the technologically superior Furs. Our only hope? A virus designed by the Vines to remove all aggressiveness from the Furs. Can it spread fast enough to save not only Holman's colony, but the rest of humanity? And at what price to the Furs?

Driven by strong ideas and deep moral questions, and peopled with real-as-life characters, Crucible shows Kress at the top of her form, amply demonstrating why she has been one of science fiction finest authors of the past twenty years.

Editorial Reviews

Roland Green
Kress is equally adept with hard science, alien contact, planetary colonization, and action, and at combining those four elements with exceeding, possibly unique flair. A must for SF collections.
Russell Letson
Kress has a real gift for portraying the persistence of the irrational, perverse, foolish and destructive in our behavior… as is generally the case with her work, the resonances remain after the book is finished.
House Review
Kress's sequel to Crossfire explores human preconceptions of right and wrong, good and evil, friend and enemy. Emotional depth and strong characters make this a strong addition to most SF collections.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013203983
Publisher:
Nancy Kress
Publication date:
08/06/2011
Series:
Crossfire , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
589,653
File size:
868 KB

Meet the Author

Nancy Kress is the author of twenty-eight books. Her work has won four Nebulas, two Hugos, a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. She lives in Seattle with her husband, writer Jack Skillingstead, and Cosette, the world's most spoiled toy poodle.

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Crucible 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dagum good hard scifi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost as good as beggers in spain
harstan More than 1 year ago
Four decades ago Jake Holman and thousands of settlers following him were trapped in the middle of an inter-galaxy war between the militaristic humanoid Furs and the serene flora-like Vines. Jake and his followers supported the Vines against the bellicose Furs though the odds heavily favored the latter. The Vines used a last-hope virus to remove the aggressive tendencies of the Furs.......................... Jake is old and frail, but feels proud of his accomplishments especially the diversity he brought to Greentrees. Still a fierce contention exists between the Chinese in the city Hope of Heaven against the technocrats of Mira City. When the earth ship CRUCIBLE arrives on Greentrees, Captain Julian Martin ruthlessly uses that antagonistic rivalry to further his ambitions to become planetary dictator. He seduces Technology Resources Allocation Officer Alexandra Cutler, a member of the Mira City executive triumvirate, and other key citizens to do his bidding. Off planet the fighting between the Furs and the Vines remains heated. On and off the orb, Jake¿s dream is turning nightmarish.......................... The sequel to CROSSFIRE, CRUCIBLE contains plenty of action and intriguing alien species with deeply developed cultures. The story line moves along two paths, off and on the planet, but also is somewhat difficult to follow because of the complex continuous changes as to what is the core of the tale. Most interesting for those who read the first novel is how much Jake has aged from the swashbuckling hero to an elderly statesman ignored by the next generation as being yesterday¿s news. Fans, as they did with Nancy Kress¿ previous outer space cerebral thriller, will ponder the author¿s concept that society needs to defend the right to live alternate .and minority lifestyles.............................. Harriet Klausner