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The Sunborn Read ✓ 104 È Their historic mission to Mars made Julia and Victor the most famous astronauts of all time Now decades later they are ordered by the Consortium to Pluto where they will rendezvous with another starship led by the brilliant arrogant Captain Shanna Axelrod Here on the frozen ammonia shore of Pluto's methane sea Shanna has discoverArrogant Captain Shanna Axelrod Here on the frozen ammonia shore of Pluto's methane sea Shanna has discovered intelligent creatures thriving in the 300 degree temperatures But even as their findings shift from the amazing to. The Sunborn by Gregory Benford is an excellent hard science fiction novel set in the year 2044 a future in which humans live in stations orbiting the Earth on the Moon and have had for around two decades a scientific research station on Mars Though the only ones who live on Mars are scientists engineers support personnel and administrators the time is coming soon when settlers will begin arriving in earnest aided by improved surface habitats on Mars bioengineered life forms that can survive in domes capable of handling the reduced sunlight increased ultraviolet radiation even with shielding still relatively thin air harsh Martian soil even after it has been turned into soil of a type usable by terrestrial plants and reduced gravityAlso aiding the appeal of the Red Planet are the lives trials and tribulations of the Martian explorers themselves nearly every moment of their lives visible to many millions of people thank in part due to the evolving culture an outgrowth of today's reality TV and 24 hour media cycles but also in part because that while there is a strong governmental and scientific component to Martian and solar system exploration there is also a very strong commercial component as well outgrowths of such incentives into space as the X Prize and the fact that private industry has such a huge role off the Earth's surface Corporations and consortiums involved in the solar system relentlessly seek profit in their expeditions exploiting everything from movie rights to memorabilia to odd Martian minerals to new chemicals with industrial and medical applicationsPart of that appeal eagerly trumpeted by the corporation in charge on Mars as well as the news media at large are the lives of the two most famous Martian residents Julia and Viktor the Mars Couple members of the first expedition over 20 years ago who remained on Mars almost every moment of their lives played out before everyone on Earth People have grown up witnessing their triumphs such as the discovery of complex anaerobic life on Mars the interesting and enigmatic Marsmat something dubbed by one of the characters as the Stromatolite Empire their tragedies such as the death of various team members and even their simple good luck many label their apparent good health and youthful appearance as a result of something dubbed the Mars Effect a concept the corporation was not above exploiting back on EarthUnable to survive back on Earth due to decades in the lighter gravity of Mars and unwilling to go to administrative posts on the Moon when pressured by their bosses Viktor and Julia jump at the change to go on a brand new fusion spaceship the High Flyer the first of its kind rocketing at high speed to the far dark the edge of the solar system the planet Pluto They are to join Captain Shanna Axelrod and the crew of the ship Proserpina the first ship to reach Pluto where they made an amazing discovery; not only is there life on Pluto but there is an intelligent native species there one they dub the Zand Or is it native The Plutonian life forms biochemistry and ecosystem are like nothing that has ever been seen and their discovery is just the tip of the iceberg as to how deeply alien the outer edge of the solar system truly is Shanna Viktor Julia and their crews are also ordered to study two potentially very troubling phenomena; why the heliopause the turbulent zone where the solar wind meets the interstellar plasma beyond our solar system continues to move closer

The SunbornArrogant Captain Shanna Axelrod Here on the frozen ammonia shore of Pluto's methane sea Shanna has discovered intelligent creatures thriving in the 300 degree temperatures But even as their findings shift from the amazing to. The Sunborn by Gregory Benford is an excellent hard science fiction novel set in the year 2044 a future in which humans live in stations orbiting the Earth on the Moon and have had for around two decades a scientific research station on Mars Though the only ones who live on Mars are scientists engineers support personnel and administrators the time is coming soon when settlers will begin arriving in earnest aided by improved surface habitats on Mars bioengineered life forms that can survive in domes capable of handling the reduced sunlight increased ultraviolet radiation even with shielding still relatively thin air harsh Martian soil even after it has been turned into soil of a type usable by terrestrial plants and reduced gravityAlso aiding the appeal of the Red Planet are the lives trials and tribulations of the Martian explorers themselves nearly every moment of their lives visible to many millions of people thank in part due to the evolving culture an outgrowth of today's reality TV and 24 hour media cycles but also in part because that while there is a strong governmental and scientific component to Martian and solar system exploration there is also a very strong commercial component as well outgrowths of such incentives into space as the X Prize and the fact that private industry has such a huge role off the Earth's surface Corporations and consortiums involved in the solar system relentlessly seek profit in their expeditions exploiting everything from movie rights to memorabilia to odd Martian minerals to new chemicals with industrial and medical applicationsPart of that appeal eagerly trumpeted by the corporation in charge on Mars as well as the news media at large are the lives of the two most famous Martian residents Julia and Viktor the Mars Couple members of the first expedition over 20 years ago who remained on Mars almost every moment of their lives played out before everyone on Earth People have grown up witnessing their triumphs such as the discovery of complex anaerobic life on Mars the interesting and enigmatic Marsmat something dubbed by one of the characters as the Stromatolite Empire their tragedies such as the death of various team members and even their simple good luck many label their apparent good health and youthful appearance as a result of something dubbed the Mars Effect a concept the corporation was not above exploiting back on EarthUnable to survive back on Earth due to decades in the lighter gravity of Mars and unwilling to go to administrative posts on the Moon when pressured by their bosses Viktor and Julia jump at the change to go on a brand new fusion spaceship the High Flyer the first of its kind rocketing at high speed to the far dark the edge of the solar system the planet Pluto They are to join Captain Shanna Axelrod and the crew of the ship Proserpina the first ship to reach Pluto where they made an amazing discovery; not only is there life on Pluto but there is an intelligent native species there one they dub the Zand Or is it native The Plutonian life forms biochemistry and ecosystem are like nothing that has ever been seen and their discovery is just the tip of the iceberg as to how deeply alien the outer edge of the solar system truly is Shanna Viktor Julia and their crews are also ordered to study two potentially very troubling phenomena; why the heliopause the turbulent zone where the solar wind meets the interstellar plasma beyond our solar system continues to move closer

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The Sunborn Ö Their historic mission to Mars made Julia and Victor the most famous astronauts of all time Now decades later they are ordered by the Consortium to Pluto where they will rendezvous with another starship led by the brilliant. In a single word the review for this book would be colossal infodumpGregory Benford is a physicist and he knows what he is writing about He is careful to chalk out his imagined worlds in detail with accurate astronomic references and the correct scientific details regarding fusion drives Even in biology which is not his chosen field of activity he takes painstaking care in the interests of veracity And in the case of extraterrestrial beings he has ensured that even his speculations are solidly grounded in scienceAnd that ladies and gentlemen is the problem with this book In the 436 pages around half is dedicated to exposition The story hardly gets moving before the author has to insert himself and start explaining things to us Even for me somewhat of a science nerd this was overkill I found myself dropping off many a time and telling the author Come on get with it I can imagine this would be torture for a person without a science backgroundThe story follows Julia and Viktor an astronaut husband and wife team in the employ of the Consortium a private enterprise which took over the Mars mission after NASA abandoned it after an accident John Axelrod the CEO of the Consortium wants them to move to Pluto to help his astronaut daughter Shanna who is encountering unexpected problems At the same time things on Mars are also getting interesting with the surprising discovery of sentience in the fungal growth called Marsmat on the planetOn pluto Julia and Shanna battle personality problems as they and their crew grapple with alien life of a type and scale unimaginable They must come up with uniue solutions to save themselves and humanity in generalAs I said before as far as hard science goes this novel is a goldmine And the the kind of extraterrestrial life imagined is absolutely mind blowing and logical But as a story it sucks big time Maybe it would have been different had I read the first book in the series The Martian Race first Download Ó PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¾ Gregory Benford

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Gregory Benford ¾ 4 Read The inconceivable the two crews must overcome their own intense rivavlry to work together For the most remote reaches of the solar system are filled with unimaginable wondersand countless forces that will crush all human li. Good read for fans of near future SFAbsorbing and packed full of science fact within the fiction A good read but a little bogged down in some of the chapters