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Venera Fanning was last seen falling into nothingness at the end of Sun of Suns. Now, in Queen of Candesce, Venera finds herself plunging through the air between the artificial continents of Virga, far from home and her husband, who may or may not be alive. Landing in the ancient nation of Spyre, Venera encounters new enemies and new friends (or at least convenient allies). She must quickly learn who she can trust, and who she can manipulate in order to survive. Queen of ...

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Queen of Candesce: Book Two of Virga

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Overview

Venera Fanning was last seen falling into nothingness at the end of Sun of Suns. Now, in Queen of Candesce, Venera finds herself plunging through the air between the artificial continents of Virga, far from home and her husband, who may or may not be alive. Landing in the ancient nation of Spyre, Venera encounters new enemies and new friends (or at least convenient allies). She must quickly learn who she can trust, and who she can manipulate in order to survive. Queen of Candesce is her story.

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Oh, what worldbuilding! Schroeder is a master."

—Cory Doctorow

“Lushly realized . . . Queen of Candesce has a backdrop that’s simultaneously steampunk and space opera, a complex and believably flawed lead character, and plenty of action and intrigue.”

—Interzone

“With Queen of Candesce, Karl Schroeder’s Virga saga establishes itself as an SF saga of the same order as LeGuin’s Earthsea series, Asimov’s Robot stories, and Niven’s Ringworld stories.”

—SFRevu

"Over the years, science-fiction has provided us with awesome environments, the best ones based on careful logic. There was Hal Clement's Mission of Gravity and Robert Forward's Dragon's Egg. Karl Schroeder's new novel is in a class with these masterpieces.”

—Vernor Vinge on Sun of Suns

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765354549
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Series: Virga Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Schroeder lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2007

    Better than the first

    If you thought the first book was good, brace yourself. It gets better. This book will hook you from page one and keep you turning the pages. One word of warning, though - you will probably be lost through entire passages if you haven't read the first book in the series first.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a terrific thought provoking sf tale

    Venera Fanning is falling into the large artificially contained nothingness of Virga. Finally, after what feels like eternity, she lands on the ancient nation of Spyre, an orb whose cylinder shape is rotting to the point that this planet is doomed.------------- Venera quickly does what she does best alienate people although she finds a few allies almost as amoral as she is. Trusting no one, she knows she must respond rapidly to determine who can insure her survivability on this strange world even if it means some of her new cohorts are expendable. However, Venera also possesses the Key of Candesce that can change entire worlds, but her prime goal remains to live until she can avenge those who sent her into free fall even as she understands that her first encounter arrival causes a civil war between the status quo and the reformists.--------------- The second Virga science fiction saga (see Sun of Suns) is a terrific thought provoking entry that is loaded with action yet causes the audience to ponder deep philosophical concepts. For instance as the amoral Venera plots vengeance and causes a civil war, readers will consider what is human in light of rebellious artificial intelligence and how human culture evolves around its environment especially the Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome concept for turning Manhattan into airless space.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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