The Sunless Countries

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"In an ocean of weightless air where sunlight has never been seen, only the running lights of the city of Sere glitter in the dark. One woman, Leal Hieronyma Maspeth, history tutor and dreamer, lives and dreams of love among the gaslit streets and cafes. And somewhere in the abyss of wind and twisted cloud through which Sere eternally falls, a great voice has begun speaking." As its cold words reach from space even to the city walls - and as outlying towns and travelers' ships start to mysteriously disappear - only Leal has the courage to try to

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The Sunless Countries: Book Four of Virga

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"In an ocean of weightless air where sunlight has never been seen, only the running lights of the city of Sere glitter in the dark. One woman, Leal Hieronyma Maspeth, history tutor and dreamer, lives and dreams of love among the gaslit streets and cafes. And somewhere in the abyss of wind and twisted cloud through which Sere eternally falls, a great voice has begun speaking." As its cold words reach from space even to the city walls - and as outlying towns and travelers' ships start to mysteriously disappear - only Leal has the courage to try to understand the message thundering from the distance. Even the city's most famous and exotic visitor, the sun lighter and hero named Hayden Griffin, refuses to turn aside from his commission to build a new sun for a foreign nation. He will not become the hero that Leal knows the city needs; so in the end, it is up to her to listen, and ultimately reply, to the voice of the worldwasp - because an astonishing disaster threatens Virga.

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The inventive and solidly enjoyable fourth novel set in the bubble world of Virga (after 2008's Queen of Candesce) takes place far from the artificial suns that light the central regions. As entire towns fall victim to a mysterious threat, perhaps from "outside," a religious movement begins insisting that the world is eternal, not created. The Eternists confiscate books, censor the news and force through a referendum subjecting science to popular vote, while sun lighter Hayden Griffin, familiar from previous books, teams up with local historian Leal to investigate the attacks. They find an expedition killed by rain, meet up with groups officially deemed "mythical" and fend off political threats and outside forces that aren't what they seem. Schroeder paints his unique world with deft touches while keeping the story moving briskly. (Aug.)

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Praise for the Virga series

"Ashes of Candesce brings the Virga saga to an operatic, crashing finale; a splendid climax to the hard SF saga of the decade!”  Charles Stross on Ashes of Candesce

“Inventive and solidly enjoyable…  Schroeder paints his unique world with deft touches while keeping the story moving briskly.”  —Publishers Weekly, on The Sunless Countries

“A delight, a source of seemingly endless invention….” —Locus on Pirate Sun

“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.”

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“A fantastically alchemical tale set in a strange yet utterly real world. Hayden is a complex and well-developed protagonist and Schroeder is a amazingly detailed writer whose world-building is superb.” RT Reviews on  Sun of Suns

“I loved it. It never slowed down. The background is fascinating and the characters held my attention.  It reminded me a little of The Integral Trees, with technology a little more advanced.”

Larry Niven on Sun of Suns

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765320766
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: Virga Series , #4
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

KARL SCHROEDER lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    The latest Virga science fiction thriller is a super entry

    The Sunless Countries
    Karl Schroeder
    Tor, Aug 4 2009, $25.95
    ISBN 9780765320766

    Far from the center of Vega where the artificial light is at its strongest in the city of Pacquaea, the dimmer outer towns begin to vanish with no known cause. Those in the inner sanction believe a threat from off world has begun to systemically destroy the sunless orb.

    At the same that towns are being devastated most likely from the outside, a new religious movement has taken root proclaiming that Vega is eternal and not created. They are called Eternists. They begin a concerted effort to impound books, control all the news they feel fit to print and force a referendum on subjecting science to popular votes.

    Sun lighter Hayden Griffin and historian dreamer Leal Hieronyma Maspeth unite to investigate the outsider assaults. Their inquiry takes the courageous duo to an eerie group of dead apparently killed by rain, encounters with the "mythical", struggles with menacing politicians threatening to end each of their careers especially his commission to build a new "sun". As he reconsiders his choices while she pushes on, they begin to close in on the outside at a time the increasingly powerful Eternists want to prevent them from learning any truths except what they decree is the one and only Truth.

    The latest Virga science fiction thriller (see SUN OF STARS and QUEEN OF CANDESCE) is a super entry as Karl Shroeder takes readers to previously unexplored bubble regions beyond the world's centrally located artificial suns; places that were dim, but now are THE SUNLESS COUNTRIES. The story line is fast-paced from the onset and never slows down as the two heroes investigate why bubbles are going dark. Fans will relish Karl Shroeder's excellent outer space saga as once again the bubble world of Virga seems a genuine host for a great adventure.

    Harriet Klausner

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