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In a novel that challenges our expectations at every turn, acclaimed authot Wil McCarthy sweeps us into the future as only he can imagine it. Here is a thrilling odyssey of discovery and adventure aboard a ship of exiled rebels coming of age in an eternity that may be a lot shorter than anyone ever guessed....
Brash and idealistic, they were rebels without a cause in a world governed by science, reason... and immortality. Banished for their troubles to the starship Newhope, they now face a bold future: to settle the worlds of Barnard's Star. The journey will last a century, but with Queendom technology it's no problem to step into a fax machine and "print" a fresh, youthful version of yourself. But what this crew of rebels will find is far from the paradise they seek. Before long, their optimistic young colony has started to show signs of strain. And worst of all, death itself has returned with a vengeance...
Awards, Citations, Etc.
Locus "New and Notable"
"With their irreverent style and rapier wit, McCarthy's novels are at once funny and moving, and stand out in a world of space opera clones. The alien setting only strengthens the portrayal of a very human struggle to accept an uncertain future. A page turner!" -- Jen Talley Exum, The Romantic Times
"A gas." -- Noah Robischon, Entertainment Weekly
"Stands firmly due to McCarthy's imaginative writing."-- Robert Folsom, The Kansas City Star
"Explores the bumps on the road tu Utopia in a story that stands on its own within this highly inventive series."-- Fred Cleaver, The Denver Post
"Bittersweet is one of the best emotions there is!"-- Robert Bittner, PAGES magazine
"An intriguing [and] ambitious vision."-- D. Douglas Fratz, Science Fiction Weekly
"Very cool ideas. An intriguing series."-- Jim Hopper, The San Diego Union Tribune
"Because McCarthy’s books are so full of humor it also isn’t always easy to work out where he is making a serious political point, where he is playing with satire, and where he is just joking. Nevertheless he certainly succeeds in asking a lot of very interesting questions, and that is just what I like my SF to do."-- Cheryl Morgan, Emerald City
"McCarthy does a terrific job with the story both by creating characters that engage the reader and by the creation of extremely well conceived future technology. McCarthy is definitely in there."-- Ernest Lilly, SFRevu
"McCarthy has written a fascinating book about a future the audience hopes will never come true. "-- Harriet Klausner, The Best Reviews
"A high-tech comedy of manners."-- Locus
"In the distant future of our solar system, a group of young rebels begin a revolution."-- Publishers Weekly
"Fascinating. Engaging. A worthy sequel."-- Regina Schroeder, Booklist
"An intriguing perspective. An excellent look at the effects of aging and the growth of a nation from infancy to death. I enjoyed the book very much, and it gave me cause to ponder."-- Michael Bingham, About.com
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