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Sheffield, Charles.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Ballantine Books, 1991.
General Note:
Sequel to: Summertide.

"A Del Rey book."
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FICTION Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
FICTION Adult Fiction Science Fiction/Fantasy

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Author Notes

Author and scientist Charles Sheffield was born in Hull, England on June 25, 1935. He was the chief scientist of Earth Satellite Corporation and while there, wrote numerous technical papers and two non-fiction books entitled Earth Watch and Man on Earth. He won numerous awards for his science fiction works including the 1992 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Brother to Dragons and the 1993 Nebula award and the 1994 Hugo award for Georgia on My Mind. He wrote numerous series including the Heritage Universe series, Jupiter series, Cold as Ice series, and Proteus series. He died of cancer on November 2, 2002.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Book two of the Heritage Universe series begins where Summertime left off. The cast of the first book and several new members (including a computer within a human body) all head for the local gas giant, Gargantua, on the trail of the secret of the long-dead Builders. They find more traces of the Builders than they dreamed of, plus another race long thought to be dead and much less friendly. The result is a cornucopia of fast action, scientific puzzles, vivid images, and technological marvels--the liveliest sort of hard-science sf. Recommended wherever Sheffield or the first Heritage Universe book has found readers. ~--Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

This second book of the Heritage Universe series drops into the low end of space opera. Darya Lang is the galaxy's authority on Builder artifacts, devices made between three and 10 million years ago by a vanished race. Her research has led Darya, and she has led others (both companions and competitors) to the site of a previously unknown artifact, where the group meets The One Who Waits, a robot who offers to send them to the Builders. Ensuing events hinge on a one-in-350,000-chance coincidence, and the creation and destruction of an entire galactic empire is tossed off with the wave of a pseudopod. Individuals and governments both seem naive for a competitive society 4300 years in the future. Motivation and characterization--both reasonably strong in the first book, Summertide --are sacrificed here in favor of banal plot devices. During the novel's climactic battle, Sheffield misplaces one of his humans, leaving him to certain death, then absentmindedly brings him back into the action. The narrative portion of the book is less interesting and less well-written than between-chapter essays on the various sapient species of the galaxy. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In the aftermath of the ``summertide'' that nearly destroyed twin planets of Opal and Quake, a few humans and aliens representing various civilized worlds confront the remnants of an ancient technology and discover a threat to life as they know it. Excitement builds rapidly in this fast-paced sequel to Summertide ( LJ 2/15/90). Recommended for large libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.