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REVIEW: Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder

REVIEW SUMMARY: Schroeder delivers an action-packed hard science fiction story that isn’t afraid to go as deep with the characters as it is with ideas.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Hayden Griffen lives in the world of Virga – a balloon of air supported by artificial suns. He is out to avenge the death of his parents and ends up working for his sworn enemy. What follows is a romp through the world-let of Virga complete with pirates, intrigue, and a quasi-steam punk world.


PROS: Characters evolve and grow, the science is interesting but not overwhelming, excellent wold-building ideas

CONS: The only thing I can think of is that it probably isn’t a book for those who don’t enjoy science fiction. It isn’t universally accessible, maybe.

BOTTOM LINE: Excellent hard science fiction that any fan of the genre would enjoy.

3 Comments on REVIEW: Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder

  1. is it really hard scifi? sounds more like steampunk fantasy. what makes it hard scifi? i can not imagine the world.

  2. Is it hard SF?

    Well, compared to Schroeder’s other books, no, not really. However, I think there is a lot hard SF buried underneath the story. We don’t need to know it yet so we don’t see it. What we get is a cracking good, vaguely steampunkish adventure story.

  3. I’m afraid what you have so far from me is a crappy review that is short on details. I admit I banged this one out because I didn’t have a lot of time and I wanted to write down how I felt about it before it got too far from having finished the book.

    I’ll do more when I finish the sequel, and explain the nature of the ideas presented.

    Finally, it really isn’t steampunk – just sort of like it.

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