Friday, February 08, 2008

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Fury by Aaron Allston

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Fighting alongside the Corellian rebels, Han and Leia are locked in a war against their son Jacen, who grows more powerful and more dangerous with each passing day. Nothing can stop Jacen’s determination to bring peace with a glorious Galactic Alliance victory–whatever the price. ...

Man - don't those people have ANY fun?! Ah - yes, I know this is a big, complicated story arc in the Star Wars Universe, and that conflict makes the story... but boy - what a sorry mess Luke and Leia's respective families are. Next up is Karen Traviss's "Revelation," which I think will be more fun (thanks to the Mando'a being prominent in it)...

Marsbound, by Joe Haldeman

Hm - no links, no pictures because this is a book that doesn't exist yet.

That is, Analog serialized it in three issues - and it was great fun.

Lacking any publisher blurbs - here's a nice summary: :

Marsbound focuses on a family colonizing Mars in the near future and is 100% hard science fiction, which means the story features reasonable extrapolations based on science as we understand it today. However, as genre readers know, over the last 15 years a number of Mars colonization books have been published, with Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy being perhaps the most famous. What makes Marsbound such a unique and thrilling read is that the story is told through the point of view of an 18-year-old girl. As with all teenagers teetering on the brink of adulthood, the main character worries about mundane things like college, growing up, and sex, along with life-altering events like whether she'll survive the actual trip to Mars. Add in that the main character sees the universe through youthful eyes, but understands things as an adult, and you have the perfect narrator to describe a space exploration story.
I suspect (hope) that when this appears in print we'll get a few more details fleshed out....