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Sunstorm, the concluding volume of Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter's Time Odyssey duology (Time's Eye was Book One), pits humankind against its most powerful nemesis yet -- the sun.
After a massive geomagnetic storm temporarily lays waste to the world's electronic infrastructure, scientists uncover the deadly truth -- in five years the Earth will be struck by a much larger sunstorm that will burn away the atmosphere, vaporize the oceans, and effectively wipe out all life on the planet. Just when man is on the doorstep of enormous achievements -- colonies on the moon, terraforming Mars, etc. -- the irony of being incinerated by the same star that gave humankind life in the first place is all too palpable.
But the profound statement from the controller of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission decades earlier -- "failure is not an option" -- is no less appropriate for this, humankind's most important task. The most brilliant scientists the world has to offer come together and engineer a possible solution -- to build a gigantic space shield 13,000 kilometers across that will protect the planet from the worst of the storm. With time ticking away, the people of Earth unite as never before in an effort to finish the shield…
Clarke and Baxter's Time Odyssey is, not surprisingly, epic in every sense of the word. As ambitious as their first collaboration, The Light of Other Days, and with numerous references to past Clarke classics like The Fountains of Paradise, this companion series to Clarke's Space Odyssey saga is an absolute must-read for fans of science fiction. Paul Goat Allen