Crucible

Crucible

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
A sequel to Crossfire finds the distant-future human settlers of a new world, having allied themselves with the plant-like Vines race, facing a war against the technologically superior Furs and spreading a Vines-created virus designed to stop aggressive behavior. 17,500 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
Nancy Kress made her reputation in the early 90s with her multiple award-winning novella, "Beggars in Spain," which became the basis for her extremely successful Beggars Trilogy (comprising Beggars in Spain, Beggars and Choosers, and Beggars Ride). Since then she has written over a dozen novels, including the well-received Probability Trilogy, culminating in Probability Space, which garnered her the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best SF Novel.

Now comes a brand new science fiction epic.
It began with Crossfire: a far-future novel of planetary colonization and alien first contact. Jake Holman, a man trying to escape a dark past, brought together a diverse group of thousands to settle on a new world. But instead the humans found themselves caught in the crossfire of a galaxy-spanning war between two disparate species: agressive, militaristic humanoids known as Furs and passive, plantlike creatures known as Vines.

Having cast their lots with the peaceful Vines, humanity faces all-out war against the technologically superior Furs. Our only hope? A virus designed by the Vines to remove all aggressiveness from the Furs. Can it spread fast enough to save not only Holman's colony, but the rest of humanity? And at what price to the Furs?

Driven by strong ideas and deep moral questions, and peopled with real-as-life characters, Crucible shows Kress at the top of her form, amply demonstrating why she has been one of science fiction finest authors of the past twenty years.

With terrific characters and a surprise-filled plot set against a well-realized backdrop of alien worlds, Crucible poses some of the tough questions of today: how do you choose sides amid entrenched enemies? What is morally right when it comes to biological engineering, especially in times of war? How do you overcome millenia of bloodshed and emerge unscathed?


Holtzbrinck
With terrific characters and a surprise-filled plot set against a well-realized backdrop of alien worlds, Crucible poses some of the tough questions of today: how do you choose sides amid entrenched enemies? What is morally right when it comes to biological engineering, especially in times of war? How do you overcome millenia of bloodshed and emerge unscathed?


Blackwell North Amer
The story began with Crossfire: a far-future novel of planetary colonization and alien first contact. Jake Holman, a man trying to escape a dark past, brought together a diverse group of thousands to settle on a new world. But instead the humans found themselves caught in the crossfire of a galaxy-spanning war between two disparate species: aggressive, militaristic humanoids known as Furs and passive, plantlike creatures known as Vines.
Into this volatile mix arrives the Crucible, a ship from Earth filled with military personnel who stand ready to help defend the colony. As they help consolidate the defenses and prepare for war, the original colonists soon learn that vigilance comes with a price.

Baker
& Taylor

The human settlers of a new world, having allied themselves with the plant-like Vines race, face a war against the technologically superior Furs and spread a Vines-created virus designed to stop aggressive behavior.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765306883
0765306883
Characteristics: 384 p. ; 22 cm

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Feb 07, 2015

The characters are believable, the moral questions posed are powerful. I heartily recommend this book.

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