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In 1972 young corporate heiress Mariesa van Huyten sees a meteor streak across the daytime sky over the Grand Tetons It awakens an all consuming fear in her a fear that the Earth is living on borrowed time in a hostile solar system With a trusted inner circle and vast resources she aims to make her planet strong

10 thoughts on “Firestar

  1. says:

    Michael Flynn continues to work with economicmathematical predictive models of the future that are dead on target In this book he correctly predicts a recession leading to a small war in the year 2001 2 from the time of his authorship in the mid 1990s Perhaps importantly Flynn spends a lot of time showing us how the educational system would change if he were in charge He seems to have a bit of utopian overconfidence in privatization but some of his ideas about education competitive interdisciplinary cooperative hands on with an emphasis on learning how to do business and succeed are right on IMHO

  2. says:

    Ayn Rand meets The Man Who Sold the MoonComparable to early Heinlein Good hard science fiction Flynn's book reads like an alternative history now that its near future events when published in 1995 have become recent past but it's easy to see given his premises how he got there And getting there is half the funWhile the story keep pulling me forward the prose is a bit dense The character development was complex enough to seem realistic The cast was diverse enough to occasionally confuse and not everyone you care about has a happy ending In fact but that would give things awayThe political POV slightly to the right of Attila the Hun animates the plot without turning turning this into a political screed In fact Flynn divorced his story from current American politics without separating it from a realistic world hard to do when setting a story in the New York City area in a timeline that spans 9 11 2001

  3. says:

    I am going to comment on this book from a libertarian's standpoint And actually I am going to comment on the entire series sans spoilers The reason is because some of my views regarding this book are certainly expanded by my view of all four books And my comment is this fantasticIf you have libertarian or even objectivist leanings I am uite certain you will enjoy the journey And if you do not have those leanings the story does not push political propaganda down your throat so I still say you will enjoy it I am not even sure what his personal political leanings are Heck he is just a good writerWhat a wonderful story of a woman's uest to confront her own fears and protect her planet A story of long range planning A story of the people who believe in her vision and the people who do not And finally a story of the challengesUnlike Ayn Rand's archetype characters that are so perfect and so focused or so flawed and so bad Michael Flynn presents us with realistic people on both sides of the issues And he wraps it up in what was a near future at the time the first book was written science fiction story How cool is that?

  4. says:

    In 1972 young corporate heiress Mariesa van Huyten sees a meteor streak across the daytime sky over the Grand Tetons It awakens an all consuming fear in her a fear that the Earth is living on borrowed time in a hostile solar systemWhat can humanity do about it she asks?NothingWhat could humanity do about it?Swat the asteroids asideGet out of the wayWith a trusted inner circle and the resources of Van Huyten industries at her conditional disposal she sets out to act on these premises The story begins in 1999 when a subsidiary called Mentor Academies takes over for a failing public school district in van Huyten's county of New Jersey and the secret project dubbed Prometheus is advanced enough to start flight testing Single Stage to Orbit vesselsThis series is the best science fiction I have read to date and the first is the strongest of the lot Unlike most optimistic works it never forgets the fallibility and short sightedness of the human race Its optimism lies in the fact that it never forgets that humans are also a capable lot given the right nudges You will find no suare jawed heroes from a David Weber assembly line here Each character has uniue strengths and grave weaknesses Mariesa for instance has business acumen and charisma weighed down with the control issues you'd expect from someone bent on secretly saving the world Teacher Barry Fast is an honorable genuine man which comes back to bite him hard when the contradictory obligations pile up Nor will you find the snivelling weaklings from David Weber's other assembly line With the exception of Dottie Wheeler a straw moonbeam who gets a handful of lines in the first two books every character no matter their viewpoint or what they are willing to destroy for its sake has believable cause to possess itMost of all you will find yourself wishing that this near future were realized You may even find yourself with the wherewithal to help make it happen

  5. says:

    Really good book It was very well written although the prose may be a little dense or descriptive for some people I thought the plot was very good though it is slow moving There are a lot of characters to keep track of although I think Flynn does a good job of developing them All in all a very good read but it just lacks that extra something to make it a 5 star I look forward to reading of Flynn's work

  6. says:

    Love the alternative present day sci fi

  7. says:

    Near future sci fi tends to age very very poorly and even though I found this book incredibly boring for the most part it definitely feels like a plausible alternate recent pastA super right wing anti government fantasy written in the most mind numbing prose to be sure

  8. says:

    35 stars Reminded me very much of Ben Bova's Grand Tour books The story threads are woven nicely and thoroughly However I felt that a number of the characters were too shallow or cliche Also while the story is funinteresting the motivations were a bit suspect for me Despite all that it's a series I'll keep reading

  9. says:

    Well here's to the first book of 2017Firestar is a book that has a very very impressive scope There are a few key characters but also many many secondary characters who are also important and get their own viewpoint chapters and many of these characters interact with each other over the span of several years What's there's everything from an impressive array of near future realistic sci fi to minor tangents into economics domestic politics geopolitics and a variety of other issues It's an excellent setup for a fully realized worldI just have to ask is anything going to actually happen in it?Don't get me wrong lots of stuff is going on The novel revolves around one woman's semi rational fear that the Earth will get smacked by an asteroid leading her to try to single handedly jumpstart a global space age The fact that she has a multi billion dollar fortune business empire doesn't hurt Along the way there's intrigue setbacks bribery extortion at least one small war and a few acts of terrorism But the story spends at least as much time dealing with two men who can't stop cheating on their wives and all the domestic troubles that this causes This provided some needed humanity as both men were struggling against their demons to preserve the families but was also the biggest obstacle in the book I just didn't like either one of them very much They didn't like each other and I agreed with each's negative assessment of the otherSo anyway there's gun battles and space ship launches and near disasters but in the end there's no culmination The story just kind of stops or less abruptly and that's itThere was one tiny niggling little detail that might foreshadow some real stakes in book 2 I'm curious enough to try it out I also appreciate that at over 30 hours for the audiobook I'm definitely getting my bang for my Audible credit's worthBut I'm still kind of reading this while I wait for the next Red Rising or even Leviathan Wakes to come along It's funny how many books are published each year and yet how hard it can be to find a really satisfying read

  10. says:

    Lots of popular reviews here compare this book to Atlas Shrugged but I respectfully suggest that it's been a while since they have read Ayn Rand Rand's works preach her philosophy of Objectivism or to over summarize the virtues of selfishness The protagonist of this novel is a successful driven female capitalist and that's where the parallels will end Government agencies will serve as foils at some points but competing businessmen and other elites are the main antagonists Instead of the main characters acting selfishly and finding true happiness Firestar has a many real world conseuences for every action taken In many ways this makes the characters less preachy and plastic and much human Even the antagonists have reasonable motivations and the shades of gray between the black and white will leave much to ponder on and weigh A major theme I leave this book with is the true cost of pursuing large dreams and how to properly measure happiness and success To the folks who state that this laughably reads as alternative history these days I must point out that our government currently bums rides into space off of a private company after a steady decade of decline The message on government here was not that it is inherently hindering progress self serving or evil but that within the bipolar US system are big goals even possible any when leaders lose their heads at the first sensation of suffering which is much a critiue on democracy's ability to achieve long term success For when it was written I was shocked how well fleshed out the variety of characters were for mid 90's science fiction a progressive yet grounded mix of ethnicities and genders