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Superluminal

Superluminal

(2004)
(The second book in the Metaplanetary series)
A novel by

 
From Publishers Weekly
Daniel's much praised Metaplanetary (2001) presented an awesome vision of the future in which the Met (a system of super-strong cables like spider webs) connects the inner planets and people can communicate instantly across impossible distances due to the presence of "grist" (a form of quantum nanotechnology that permeates the solar system). In this ambitious sequel, war breaks out between the inner planets, ruled over by the increasingly despotic Chairman Amés, and the outer planets, led by the maverick Federal Army commander Roger Sherman. Meanwhile, a large cast of characters, some of them human, some complex computer-programs, but most some combination of the two, live out their lives. This is large-scale space opera with an enormous cast, spectacular battle scenes and 11 appendices to help readers keep things straight. The novel doesn't work quite as well as Metaplanetary, in part because the space warfare becomes a bit repetitious and in part because, as the middle book in what will be at least a trilogy, the tale comes to no real conclusion. Nor is Daniel's work as intellectually challenging as that of such writers as Ken MacLeod, Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter. Still, there's much to like here, particularly for fans of Golden Age great E E 'Doc' Smith.
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Hardback Editions

May 2004 : USA Hardback
Title: Superluminal: A Novel of Interplanetary Civil War
Author(s): Tony Daniel
ISBN: 0-06-105143-8 / 978-0-06-105143-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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Paperback Editions

February 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Superluminal
Author(s): Tony Daniel
ISBN: 0-06-102026-5 / 978-0-06-102026-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Superluminal
Author(s): Tony Daniel
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
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