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Cover & Synopsis: DARK LIGHTNING by John Varley

Here is the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Dark Lightning by John Varley, the third fourth in his Thunder and Lightning series, arriving August 5, 2014.

Here’s the synopsis:

Known for “superior science fiction” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), author John Varley returns to his Thunder and Lightning series with a novel of how one man’s volatile genius could alter a starship’s epic plunge into a future where human survival is just a theory…

On a voyage to New Earth, the starship Rolling Thunder is powered by an energy no one understands, except for its eccentric inventor Jubal Broussard. Like many of the ship’s inhabitants, Jubal rests in a state of suspended animation for years at a time, asleep yet never aging.

The moments when Jubal emerges from suspended animation are usually a cause for celebration for his family, including his twin daughters—Cassie and Polly—and their uncle who is captain of the Rolling Thunder. But this time, Jubal makes a shocking announcement…

The ship must stop, or everyone will die.

These words from the mission’s founder, the man responsible for the very existence of the Rolling Thunder, will send shock waves throughout the starship—and divide its passengers into those who believe and those who doubt. And it will be up to Cassie and Polly to stop a mutiny, discover the truth, and usher the ship into a new age of exploration…

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Series: Thunder and Lightning
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Hardcover (August 5, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 0425274071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425274071





Cover & Synopsis, John Varley

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8 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: DARK LIGHTNING by John Varley

    • I mean, it looks like it’s in my wheelhouse, but how were the others?

      • Haven’t read them, but I heard good things. IIRC, they are a throwback to the Heinlein juvenilles.

      • Matte Lozenge // December 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm //

        The first three in the series are okay juveniles in the Heinlein mold. Updated with modern worries like terrorism and xenophobia. A little pat and tired too. They don’t hold a patch on Varley’s early work- he was one of science fiction’s luminaries in the 70s and early 80s. But better than a lot of the vapid YA sci-fi and fantasy that’s getting cranked out like sausage these days.

        • First one is the best. Probably should have stopped there. And I’m still annoyed that he hasn’t finished the third “Metal Trilogy” tome. Booo!

  1. In the first sentence of this post, should “third” be “fourth”?

  2. John is employing Monty Python counting methods. Namely:

    And the Lord spake, saying, “First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three. No more. No less. Three shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out. Once at the number three, being the third number to be reached, then, lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.”

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