Dies the Fire (Emberverse Series #1)

Dies the Fire (Emberverse Series #1)

4.0 243
by S. M. Stirling
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The Change occurred when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash that rendered all electronic devices and fuels inoperable. What follows is the most terrible global catastrophe in the history of the human race—and a Dark Age more universal and complete than could possibly be imagined.See more details below

Overview

The Change occurred when an electrical storm centered over the island of Nantucket produced a blinding white flash that rendered all electronic devices and fuels inoperable. What follows is the most terrible global catastrophe in the history of the human race—and a Dark Age more universal and complete than could possibly be imagined.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
What is the foundation of our civilization? asks Stirling (Conquistador) in this rousing tale of the aftermath of an uncanny event, "the Change," that renders electronics and explosives (including firearms) inoperative. As American society disintegrates, without either a government able to maintain order or an economy capable of sustaining a large population, most of the world dies off from a combination of famine, plague, brigandage and just plain bad luck. The survivors are those who adapt most quickly, either by making it to the country and growing their own crops-or by taking those crops from others by force. Chief among the latter is a former professor of medieval history with visions of empire, who sends bicycling hordes of street thugs into the countryside. Those opposing him include an ex-Marine bush pilot, who teams up with a Texas horse wrangler and a teenage Tolkien fanatic to create something very much like the Riders of Rohan. Ultimately, Stirling shows that while our technology influences the means by which we live, it is the myths we believe in that determine how we live. The novel's dual themes-myth and technology-should appeal to both fantasy and hard SF readers as well as to techno-thriller fans. Agent, Russell Galen. (Aug. 3) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
In an instant marked by a blinding flash of light, the world changes forever as modern technology ceases to function. Those who survive the initial Change include pilot Michael Havel, who leads his stranded passengers out of the wilderness in search of civilization's remnants. Wiccan folksinger Juniper Mackenzie, her daughter, and a few friends flee to the Mackenzie's cabin, where they hope to relearn old skills and grow food to feed themselves and others. The author of The Peshawar Lancers once again starts with a global catastrophe, this time building a stunning speculative vision of a near-future bereft of modern conveniences but filled with human hope and determination. Highly recommended. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A powerful, convincing adventure with a large cast of ordinary and extraordinary people. Don't miss it." —Harry Turtledove, New York Times bestselling author

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451459794
Publisher:
Roc Hardcover
Publication date:
08/03/2004
Series:
Emberverse Series, #1
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.63(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“A powerful, convincing adventure with a large cast of ordinary and extraordinary people. Don't miss it.” —-Harry Turtledove, New York Times bestselling author

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >