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The Shiva Option

(2002)
(The third book in the Starfire series)
A novel by

 
 
Fans of space opera who have been eagerly awaiting this sequel to Weber and White's In Death Ground (1997) won't be disappointed, to put it mildly. Humanity and its various allies find themselves under attack by an enemy with whom no communication, let alone coexistence, is possible, since their foes lack individual sentience and are driven by a Darwinian imperative to regard all other life forms as food sources. Countered against this nightmare are an assortment of diverse species, some unknown to one another, who share the ability to make moral choices, "including the ultimate choice of sacrificing that very individual consciousness in the name of what all of us recognize, in one form or another, for what it is: honor." This capacity is stretched when it is discovered that, in this war, genocide is a tactical weapon. The authors have created a fictional reality with all of the verisimilitude of a technothriller, but this doesn't credit them enough, since unlike, say, Tom Clancy, they have had to create their own weapons, tactics and even societies. Characterizations are strong and vivid, particularly the Human and Orion command team that spearheads the fight and a fighter pilot who's haunted by the ghosts of her dead. Ultimately, Weber and White have written an exposition, in the form of a novel, of Heinlein's axiom that "ethics are a survival mechanism," leaving the reader both exhilarated and enriched. (Feb.)Alternative (Forecasts, Nov. 19).

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

November 2008 : USA Library Binding

Title: The Shiva Option
Author(s): David Weber, James P Baen
ISBN: 1-4395-7249-6 / 978-1-4395-7249-8 (USA edition)
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January 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Shiva Option
Author(s): David Weber, Steve White
ISBN: 0-671-31848-9 / 978-0-671-31848-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
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Paperback Editions

August 2003 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Shiva Option
Author(s): David Weber, Steve White
ISBN: 0-7434-7144-X / 978-0-7434-7144-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Baen
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Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Shiva Option, The (Starfire)
Author(s): Steve White David Weber
ISBN: 1-5226-4195-5 / 978-1-5226-4195-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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February 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Shiva Option: Starfire, Book 3
Author(s): David Weber, Steve White
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Shiva Option: Starfire, Book 3
Author(s): David Weber, Steve White
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Shiva Option: Starfire, Book 4
Author(s): David Weber, Steve White
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Shiva Option (Starfire Book 4)
Author(s): David Weber, Steve White
Publisher: Baen Books
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