Red Thunder

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Seven suburban misfits are constructing a spaceship out of old tanker cars. The plan is to beat the Chinese to Mars--in under four days at three million miles an hour. It would be history in the making if it didn't sound so insane.

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Overview

Seven suburban misfits are constructing a spaceship out of old tanker cars. The plan is to beat the Chinese to Mars--in under four days at three million miles an hour. It would be history in the making if it didn't sound so insane.

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John Varley, the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of classics like The Ophiuchi Hotline and the Gaean trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon) has released his first novel in more than five years. Red Thunder is Varley at his very best, mixing complex hard science fiction themes with masterful characterization of risk-taking outsiders so common in Varley stories.

It is the near future, and a manned Chinese spaceship is on its way to Mars. An American ship is also headed to the red planet, but the Chinese have a big head start and in all likelihood will be the first humans to walk on the planet's surface. When four young misfits almost kill a washed-out ex-astronaut lying on a Florida beach in the middle of the night while four-wheeling in their tricked-out truck, a strange friendship blossoms. After the young adults meet the ex-astronaut's semiautistic/genius cousin Jubal (who has discovered a revolutionary new power source), a crazy plan is hatched to build a spaceship out of old tanker cars, fly it to Mars, and beat the Chinese! They call the ship "Red Thunder," and with Jubal's new power source ("Squeeze Drive") and a lot of American gumption, this ill-matched group of dreamers just might be able to do it…

Fast-paced, cerebral, sensual, and filled with Varley's unique wit, Red Thunder is reminiscent of Robert Heinlein's The Number of the Beast -- wicked and wondrous science fiction from a master of the genre. Paul Goat Allen

The Washington Post
Varley's great strength is in his characterizations, but in Red Thunder he also shows a strong sense of place. He's clearly in love with Florida and the many quirky and eccentric people who live there. As a result, Red Thunder is a realistic -- and funny -- novel that happens to be set in the future. The novel is also in a sense an elegy: Sf readers have long hoped to travel in outer space, and Varley implies that this will be possible only if we discover something radically different from anything now known to physicists. But if you are willing to simply fantasize about fleeing your office cubicle and becoming a heroic space explorer, this novel will amiably fulfill your wishes. — Martin Morse Wooster
Publishers Weekly
And the heart-pounding space race is on! When a Chinese spacecraft, Heavenly Harmony, threatens to land on Mars a few days before the U.S. shuttle vehicle Ares Seven, washed-up ex-astronaut Travis Broussard, his brilliant but unconventional cousin, Jubal, and four kids from Florida decide to build their own private spaceship, Red Thunder, and get there first in this riveting SF thriller from Hugo and Nebula award winner Varley. Jubal has invented an amazing new power source, the Squeezer, which provides enough thrust to get them to Mars in a mere three days. While the Chinese and other Americans head to Mars the long way, the team works feverishly to build a spaceworthy craft, because although they all want Americans to land on Mars first, a more pressing reason for their visit to the red planet arises. Jubal has discovered a potentially disastrous design flaw in Ares Seven, which has Travis's ex-wife aboard. With a plausible cover story, a lot of help and a raided trust fund, Red Thunder gets built. Will its creators evade the feds who keep nosing around? Will they launch? Will they beat the Chinese to Mars? Can they save Ares Seven? Do you have to ask? In the end, they put their lives on the line, proving that Everyman can be a hero, too. With hilarious, well-drawn characters, extraordinary situations presented plausibly, plus exciting action and adventure, this book should do thunderously well. (Apr.) Forecast: The Tom Clancy-ish jacket art is misleading, but Varley's name in big type at the top will ensure this reaches his core audience of male adolescents and young men. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441011629
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/27/2004
  • Series: Red Thunder Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 964,240
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


John Varley is the author of the Gaean Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), Steel Beach, The Golden Globe, Red Thunder, and Mammoth. He has won both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for his work.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Frostwing and Nightshade

    Frostwing: She dipd her head
    <p>
    Nightshade: He pads to te dens

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Easy Read with Good story telling

    Great for a funny quick read. While the science is not believable, the story is well written and the characters are fun to read. The authors writing style is not boring and I found myself really enjoying the lead ins to the next chapter. Overall, I would recommend this book on the fun of the story and the characters presented. But, die-hard science fiction readers who look for believably would be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Spirit of opalpaw to scarletdust

    Do you remember me?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    An axe

    Flys from behind a tree and chops Scarletdust in half.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    Killspark

    Chuckles. "Well, I suppose there is nothing to do, then." He slips through the trees and away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Opalpaw'sister(black and white she cat)

    Where's bronypaw

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Anoymus

    Hi, Snowfall again. My bio was deketed so here it is again. I am 13moons old, i am a she cat with a completely white pelt, and I have brown eyes. Can I please join Streamclan?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Bleeding cat

    Who are you where am i who am i?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    Scarletdust

    "Were you the one looking for Bronypaw? If so then yes. I do remember you." She meowed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    The kit

    K)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Kit with no name.

    She gently meows"may i join?"as she pads over to Riverstar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Bluefur and starkit

    They both went over to the flower

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Echoclaw

    Sighed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Darkstar

    "Ive been given my nine lives before you came back." He said. Sorry River. I will still be deputy though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Wolffur

    May join

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    A blind she kit

    *limps in her back leg wrenched badly she huffs ingignitly as she trips on a rock and faceplnats*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    The flower

    You heard a frustrated ewl and saw the kit pawing at the petals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    CAN I JOIN??

    Respond to Midnightfire

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Stormsky

    Grooms her fur.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Crystalstream

    Hey

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