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Spheres of Influence
by Ryk E. Spoor


Overview - Sequel to popular space adventure, Grand Central Arena
Leader of the Faction of Humanity. It was a ridiculous title, but the Arena said that was what Captain Ariane Austin was since she'd led the crew of the Holy Grail in their discovery of the impossible, physics-violating place and their eventual return, and when the nigh-omnipotent Arena said something, it meant it.
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Overview
Sequel to popular space adventure, Grand Central Arena
Leader of the Faction of Humanity. It was a ridiculous title, but the Arena said that was what Captain Ariane Austin was since she'd led the crew of the Holy Grail in their discovery of the impossible, physics-violating place and their eventual return, and when the nigh-omnipotent Arena said something, it meant it.
Ariane must discover what it means to be the Leader of Humanity, both for herself and for humanity, before her enemies--at home or in the Arena--depose her, kill her, or worse. It will take all her luck, Marc DuQuesne's indomitable will, Simon Sandrisson's genius, and the peerless skill of a living legend. And, in the end, humanity's fate in the galaxy and beyond will hinge on the choice of an uncertain ally who has nothing to gain, and everything to lose, by aiding those neophyte upstarts, the humans.
About Spheres of Influence
"Fast and entertaining action and a world that has the feel of Asimov's Foundation series."--Sarah A. Hoyt, author of the Darkship saga
About Ryk E. Spoor's Grand Central Arena
..".an imaginative piece of space opera that's set on a near-future Earth where artificial intelligence is taken for granted."--Shiny Reviews
"Grand Central Arena' is space opera in the grand old tradition . . . but with modern sensibilities and awareness of current speculations in cutting edge physics."--Fantasy Book Critic

About the Threshold Series by Ryk E. Spoor and Eric Flint
." . . fast-paced sci-fi. . . light in tone and hard on science . . ." --Publishers Weekly
." . . the series is filled with] linguistics, biology, physics, and evolution further the story, as well as wacky humor, academic rivalries, and even some sweet romances." --School Library Journal

About Ryk E. Spoor's Phoenix Rising
"A winner Great characters, and thrilling adventure. I want more "--Ed Greenwood, best-selling author of the Forgotten Realms series
" E]xciting adventure, scary monsters, strange gods, and wondrous magic."--Lawrence Watt-Evans

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781451639377
  • ISBN-10: 1451639376
  • Publisher: Baen Books
  • Publish Date: November 2013
  • Page Count: 449
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Science Fiction - Space Opera
Books > Fiction > Science Fiction - Action & Adventure
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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

The sequel to the space opera Grand Central Arena finds Ariane Austin, captain of the experimental starship Holy Grail, struggling to raise humanity’s status at the intergalactic nexus known as the Arena. Despite some previous success, Ariane and her crew remain targets for other low-status races looking to make points with the Arena’s overlords. While alliances offer opportunities to raise humanity’s profile, the Holy Grail’s crew must also make time to pursue Maria-Susanna, “the most dangerous psychopath in the entire solar system,” and a host of rogue AIs plotting to destroy the human race. The stars of this sequel are Ariane’s larger-than-life crew, especially irrepressible bodyguard Sun Wu Kung, modeled on the Monkey King of Chinese legend, and intrepid Dr. Marc DuQuesne, modeled on the larger-than-life heroes of E.E. “Doc” Smith’s Lensman and Skylark series. Staccato language flattens this old-school adventure, but fans of classic space opera will enjoy the familiar beats of aliens and intrigue. (Nov.)

 
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