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The Resource Heaven's shadow, David S. Goyer & Michael Cassutt

Heaven's shadow, David S. Goyer & Michael Cassutt

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Heaven's shadow
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Heaven's shadow
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David S. Goyer & Michael Cassutt
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Heavens shadow
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eng
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"An object one hundred miles across, originating from Octans constellation, on a trajectory for our sun. Now its journey is almost over. And humanity's journey is about to begin. As the Near-Earth Object--dubbed "Keanu"--approaches, two manned vehicles race through almost half a million kilometers of space to reach it first and land on the frozen, desolate surface: NASA's Destiny, originally designed for flights to the Moon and Mars, and the untested lunar ship Brahma, representing the Russian-Chinese-Indian Coalition. Both crews have orders to do whatever it takes to triumphantly claim Keanu as their own. But when the competing missions both arrive on the contested entity, they find that Keanu is much more than a simple rock hurtling through the blackness. It has been sent toward Earth for a reason ... A vastly more intelligent race is desperately attempting to communicate with our primitive species. And their interstellar courier carries a message that the very core of humanity has responded to since time began"--
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  • In 2016 a Near-Earth Object (NEO) was discovered in the sky. Three years later a space race between NASA and the Russian-Indian-Brazilian Coalition is on, the objective to land on this NEO, nicknamed “Keanu.” Set just far enough in the future to seem plausible, the story starts with the crew of the NASA ship doing some rather routine observations. It could easily be a crew on one of the current space shuttles. With the author deftly weaving pieces of the characters’ past into the story line, each personality blossoms into an individual that it seems a reader could know. Once the landing has occurred, the crews of both ships discover that Keanu is not at all what they had expected. Reading this book is like riding a rollercoaster—full of unexpected twists and turns that lead to a thrilling conclusion. For those who like a good dose of science with their fiction, enjoy challenging their theological beliefs, and perhaps once wished to become an astronaut themselves, this book will be a great read. -- Gerber, Rebecca (Reviewed 05-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 18, p31)
  • This slick space opera trilogy starter sets up an interesting situation but never quite brings it to life. Rival expeditions from the U.S. and a Russia–India–Brazil coalition land on a planetoid and discover it's actually an ancient interstellar space ship. Astronauts moving through the ship reawaken machines that alter the environment in strange and dangerous ways and resurrect dead people the explorers loved or hated. The characters attempt to decipher the aliens' purpose while struggling to survive in increasingly hostile surroundings. Meanwhile, back on Earth, NASA administrators try to monitor the situation while fending off political meddling and miscommunications. Both authors are experienced scriptwriters who are better at inventing dramatic spectacles than finding fresh things to say about people. Since the book has already been optioned by Warner Bros., readers may want to wait for flashy CGI special effects to balance out the limp characterization. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 23, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 21, p)
  • As an unidentified space object, named Keanu by the popular media, hurtles toward Earth on a near-miss trajectory, rival spaceships—one from the United States and one from a Russian-Indian-Brazilian alliance—race to it, each charged with a mission to explore Keanu's surface and claim it for its own interests. What the astronauts discover is that the object is not a piece of space debris but a cry for help from another civilization. Coauthors Goyer (Batman Begins screenplay) and Cassutt (Missing Man; Red Moon ) bring their film and television experience to a fast-paced sf trilogy opener that features a varied cast and an intriguing plot. VERDICT A cinematic style and action-filled plot make this a good choice for readers who enjoy the multivolume space sagas of Kevin J. Anderson and David Drake. [Warner Brothers has acquired film rights to the forthcoming trilogy.—Ed.] --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed July 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 12, p76)
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Goyer, David S
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813/.6
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illustrations
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Cassutt, Michael
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Heaven's shadow trilogy
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0001
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  • Human-alien encounters
  • FICTION
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  • Human-alien encounters
  • Space flight
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Heaven's shadow, David S. Goyer & Michael Cassutt
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x, 398 pages
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9780441020331
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2010054263
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Heaven's shadow, David S. Goyer & Michael Cassutt
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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815777
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24 cm
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x, 398 pages
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9780441020331
Lccn
2010054263
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9780441020331
  • (OCoLC)668193231

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