It is the dawn of the 21st century, and America is in trouble. Public schools breed apathy and ignorance, and politics has become the art of the quick fix. There is one woman, though, who has both the vision and the money to leverage change. Mariesa Gorley van Huyten, heiress to one of the great American fortunes, founds an educational subsidiary called Mentor Academies and begins to subcontract public school systems in order to raise a new, less cynical generation. But her clandestine program is much larger than that: it also includes the founding of a private space program, the eventual construction of an orbital power station, and the revival of technological innovation on Earth.
Firestar is a chronicle of private enterprise and individual initiative—the story of one woman’s quest that becomes the focus for a whole new world. Mariesa’s program lets teachers strive to teach, hires astronauts who have no government space program to fly for, and provides productive outlets for the idealistic desires of the rich and powerful—at least those who remain sane enough to have such desires in the face of a crumbling America. And it just might work.
Michael Flynn lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is the winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award and was a Hugo nominee for Eifelheim.
©1996 Michael Flynn (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc
"As Robert A. Heinlein did and all too few have done since, Michael Flynn writes about the near future as if he'd been there and was bringing back reports of what he'd seen. A splendid piece of work." (Harry Turtledove, New York Times best-selling author)
"Firestar is a knockout…. Blurbmeisters, comparing him to Heinlein, may be shorting his talent…. By any measure, this is the best book I've seen this year." (San Diego Union-Tribune)
I think I am done with Michael Flynn. Will do another by Malcolm.
It was a slow build up book, and the future of the book is very predictable.
Went into this hoping for great Si/Fi, and it turned into a major sweeping drama. I do not mind a little drama, and self introspection, but the book was plagued by enormous amounts of heavy Drama. The intrigue was fun, and the overall concept sound, but it could have been told in a much shorter book, with a much farther in the future outcome.
I found myself growing tired of all the "twists" that were attempted. I had to put the book down and go back to it several times just to make it through, as I like to finish something once I start it.
The book is too long and ponderous. There is a little bit of science fiction and a lot of other stuff. I am 3/4 of the way through this book and it feels like it will never end. From my viewpoint because it's not set very far into the future the author gets bogged down into a lot of today's geopolitics and socioeconomic woes that really isn't all that interesting to me.
Mr. Flynn did a much better job with Eifelheim, which is another Audible selection, and a standalone SF novel set in the present.
Trouble identifying with the main characters. Very long and boring.
I will inquire, but not at the top of my list right now.
Unbelievably well executed story of humanity beginning to reach for the stars.
Ned is a jock pilot who knows what is truly important.
He makes the characters come alive. I feel like I'm standing in a room with them hearing them speak.
It evokes a feeling that we as humanity can truly do anything. It also is a refreshing look on the modern education system with a true grasp of the problems my generation is creating in the modern work force.
Good story but no real pop, excitement or action. Light on the intrigue and have on technical but it kept me hanging on till the end. I don’t know if I stayed with it because I truly enjoyed it or because I was waiting and hoping for the action to begin.
Overall I thought this book was wonderful. However, it's not jam packed with action and deals primarily with the dream of space, relationships between people, as well as business and government, which can admittedly get a little dry from time to time. I thought the interplay of characters was well done and in particular I loved Flynn's play of language. For me, it was a delight to listen to.
This is a long drawn out tale. You will need some time to spare to get through it. There are stretches that grab the reader's interest. Those parts will get you through the parts that really drag the momentum down.
Mr. Flynn develops his characters well through this. The reader gets to know them very well. Alas in the end, he kind of left us in the dark as to what happened to one main character.
The author did an admirable job of tying space flight, modern educational problems and many people's willingness to come down on the rich simply because they are rich. I like the way he handled the public schools. He also highlights a very real problem that many of the governments of the world are ignoring.
All in all, this one did ok. It kept me interested even though there were parts that had me thinking, "Come on, lets get back to the good stuff."
Futuristic, almost non-fiction, inventive and political.
I consider this whole series as pivotal as Ayn Rand's books.
All of them! They each have specific personalities and all are displayed with equal importance. I love the fact that he draws the pictures, in inflection and timbre, that the author drew.
A MUST READ SERIES! A glance at life. Without being overtly combative. I love this series and Malcolm Hillgartner is a wonderful orator: deep voice, great inflection and good timbre. Enjoy the full series. Michael Flynn shows knowledge of the subject, surrounding consequences, foresight, and I would say, as WDC goes, he gets it!
A libertarian fantasy love fest, I’ve been with audible for over 10 years and only one other book was as bad, the narration was good and the story was pretty good too, but the author lets his politics ruin it. I’m not some left-wing nut job but this guys big bad government ranting spoilt a potentially good series. I won’t be down loading anymore of Michael Flynn’s books!
Not Michael Flynn
Could of been good...but its not, shallow characters terrible slang “skittles”....REALLY !!
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