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Wreck of the River of Stars

(2003)
(The fifth book in the Firestar series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Michael Flynn has written the best SF in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein of the last decade. His major work was the Firestar sequence, a four-book future history. "As Robert A. Heinlein did and all too few have done since, Michael Flynn writes about the near future as if he'd been there and was bringing back reports of what he'd seen," said Harry Turtledove. Now, in this sweeping stand-alone epic of the spaceways, Flynn grows again in stature, with an SF novel worthy of the master himself. Indeed, if Heinlein's famous character, the space-faring poet Rhysling, had ever written a novel, this would be it.This is a compelling tale of the glory that was. In the days of the great sailing ships, in the mid-twenty-first century, when magnetic sails drew cargo and passengers alike to every corner of the solar system, sailors had the highest status of all spacemen, and the crew of the luxury liner the River of Stars, the highest among all sailors. But development of the Farnsworth fusion drive doomed the sailing ships, and now the River of Stars is the last of its kind, retrofitted with engines, her mast vestigial, her sails unraised for years. An ungainly hybrid, she operates in the late years of the century as a mere tramp freighter among the outer planets, and her crew is a motley group of misfits. Stepan Gorgas is the escapist executive officer who becomes captain. Ramakrishnan Bhatterji is the chief engineer who disdains him. Eugenie Satterwaithe, once a captain herself, is third officer and, for form's sake, sailing master.When an unlikely and catastrophic engine failure strikes the River, Bhatterji is confident he can effect repairs with heroic engineering, but Satterwaithe and the other sailors among the crew plot to save her with a glorious last gasp for the old ways, mesmerized by a vision of arriving at Jupiter proudly under sail. The story of their doom has the power, the poetry, and the inevitability of a Greek tragedy. This is a great science fiction novel, Flynn's best yet.

Genre: Science Fiction    

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Hardback Editions

April 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Wreck of the River of Stars (Tom Doherty Associates Books)
Author(s): Michael Flynn
ISBN: 0-7653-0099-0 / 978-0-7653-0099-7 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

March 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Wreck of the River of Stars
Author(s): Michael Flynn
ISBN: 0-7653-3419-4 / 978-0-7653-3419-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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May 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Wreck of the River of Stars
Author(s): Michael Flynn
ISBN: 0-7653-4033-X / 978-0-7653-4033-7 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Wreck of The River of Stars
Author(s): Michael F Flynn
ISBN: 1-5226-0588-6 / 978-1-5226-0588-1
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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December 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Wreck of The River of Stars
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December 2012 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Wreck of The River of Stars
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Kindle Editions

April 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Wreck of the River of Stars
Author(s): Michael Flynn
Publisher: Tor Books
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