The Wreck Of The River Of Stars
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I first read this on the 10th August 2006.
When first launched the solar sail space craft
"The River Of stars" was a luxury cruiser, touring the solar system,
gracefully swooping down to the planets, tacking against the solar
Those days are gone now. The brute force of the Farnsworth fusion drive have replaced
the elegance of sail, and the "The River Of Stars" is now merely a
tramp steamer with its bolted on fusion engines, at the end of its
slow decline from the old glory days.
Its crew is a ragtag assortment of characters, some left-overs from
the days of sail, and some more modern oddments accumulated during
Now in the depths of space two of the four engines have failed.
Whatever repairs they can make , clever routes they
can conjure or sacrifices they can offer up won't be
enough. The crew and the ship are doomed.
Well, I can't say I was happy at the ending, but after all this is a
tragedy. Apart from that, it's a pretty astonishing novel, very
different in style from his "Firestar" the other Stars novels. This
is more elaborate, introspective and extremely moving.
This is not a novel I'll read often, but I think I'll treasure the
Loaded on the 28th February 2007.