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The year is 2073. Earth's climate is faltering and her ecosystems are breaking down. Her burgeoning populations now rely on food and energy supplies imported from colony worlds.

A routine exploratory mission to the planet Fiix finds a world at war with itself, continuously devastated by unpredictable weather patterns. When storms and ...

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Overview

The environmentally-themed science fiction classic that's "grand- scale storytelling (Library Journal)."

The year is 2073. Earth's climate is faltering and her ecosystems are breaking down. Her burgeoning populations now rely on food and energy supplies imported from colony worlds.

A routine exploratory mission to the planet Fiix finds a world at war with itself, continuously devastated by unpredictable weather patterns. When storms and flooding ruin the Terran base camp and destroy their power and communication links, the explorers must discover what's causing the weather's behavior, not just for the sake of science, but to ensure the expedition's success and survival.

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Originally published in 1986, in two volumes, this updated and reworked tale of an Earth in ecological shambles and a resource colony on the planet Fiix in meteorological upheaval provides a powerful and complex cautionary tale as timely as it is entertaining. Grand-scale storytelling with personal immediacy; a good choice for most sf collections.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756405342
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie B. Kellogg is the author of The Dragon Quartet, Harmony and A Rumor of Angels. Her novel The Book of Earth was chosen as a VOYA Best Book of the Year.
William Rossow is a scientist with NASA, studying planetary atmospheres and climate, and is a noted expert in meteorology and climatology.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Riveting and Timely

    A great read and a think piece, this book is banishes myths about Science Fiction being some kind of arcane niche genre. In it, a thinking author engages issues of tremendous concern to us all -- wrapped up in a fascinating adventure and an astonishing new world. The rock solid science behind the story makes it even better -- as well as Kellogg's instinct for drama and eye for telling detail, skills honed in her other career as an award-winning set designer for the theater.

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

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    A cautionary science fiction thriller

    In the latter part of the twenty-first century, the ecosystems on Earth are dying and the climate is running amuck. Flora, fauna and oil are gone and humanity is using coal which adds to the heavy pollution. People live in mega cities that are overcrowded and medical help is very expensive when it is available. The search is on for planets that are rich in lithium, an element needed to produce clean energy. The Corporation ConPlex is funding an expedition to Fiix in the Byrnham Cluster, which seems to be rich in lithium.<BR/><BR/>There is a primitive civilization on the planet which has natives that have our Dna. A periodic table of elements with elements not found in the human one is discovered and there is a complex system that brings energy safely for heating and cooling and for a variation of other reasons. The Sawl¿s myths say the weather is so poor and dangerous because the twin Sister-goddesses are at war. Stavros Ibia the ship¿s linguist immerses himself in the Sawl culture and believes the Sister-goddesses are not myths, but are real be they machines , people, or A.I.¿s playing games with the weather and causing hostilities and devastation with heat and rain. ConPlex¿s representative Dr. Emil Clausen finds lithium in abundance and cares nothing about what the Sister-Goddesses really are if anything. He searches for ore mine and leads an expedition that is split in two with one side seeking ore for the earth and the other looking for a loophole the Sawl¿s world to continue to continue without interference. His endeavor leads to violence.<BR/><BR/>LEAR¿S DAUGHTERS is a reworking of two books published in the 1980s (THE WAVE AND THE FLAME and REIGN OF FIRE). The new saga updates the science with new information on climate and weather on the planet. The story line is a cautionary science fiction thriller that indirectly paints a dark view of a future earth six decades from now through the conversations between cast members. Readers are immersed in the Sawl culture and want to know more about the Sister-goddesses: whether they are myths or if real whether they are sane as earthlings define the term. This is an intriguing massive tome that will fascinate readers as the future looks bleak in the Kellogg realm.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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