• Sun of Suns

  • Book One of Virga
  • By: Karl Schroeder
  • Narrated by: Joyce Irvine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Sun of Suns

By: Karl Schroeder
Narrated by: Joyce Irvine
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Publisher's summary

It is the distant future. The world known as Virga is a fullerene balloon three thousand kilometers in diameter, filled with air, water, and aimlessly floating chunks of rock. The humans who live in this vast environment must build their own fusion suns and "towns" that are in the shape of enormous wood and rope wheels that are spun for gravity.

Young, fit, bitter, and friendless, Hayden Griffin is a very dangerous man. He's come to the city of Rush in the nation of Slipstream with one thing in mind: to take murderous revenge for the deaths of his parents six years ago. His target is Admiral Chaison Fanning, head of the fleet of Slipstream, which conquered Hayden's nation of Aerie years ago. And the fact that Hayden's spent his adolescence living with pirates doesn't bode well for Fanning's chances.

©2006 Karl Schroeder (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

“The swashbuckling space settlers of Schroeder's fantastical novel inhabit warring nation-states inside a planet-sized balloon called Virga. This adventure-filled tale of sword fights and naval battles stars young Hayden Griffin of the nation of Aerie, orphaned by an attack on the artificial sun that his parents tried to build. Schroeder layers in scientific rationales for his air-filled, gravity-poor world-with its spinning cylinder towns and miles-long icebergs-but the real fun of this coming-of-age tale includes a pirate treasure hunt and grand scale naval invasions set in the cold, far reaches of space.” —Publishers Weekly

“Outrageously brilliant and absolutely not to be missed.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“We already knew that Karl Schroeder could do Kubrick. Now it turns out he can do Dumas as well. And more: not since Middle Earth have I encountered such an intense and palpable evocation of an alien world. Sun of Suns puts the world-building exercises of classic Niven to shame.” —Peter Watts

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Clearly inspired by Larry Nivens Ringworld this series is a masterpiece of world building. Imagine a gigantic breathable gas giant with a manufactured sun in the middle that interrupts certain technology. There is no gravity except that created by the centrifugal spinning of wheels, pirates with cutlasses and muskets in ships that soar across the three-dimensional gas sea attacking the unsuspecting trader, mushroom farmers on minute pieces of rock.
A magnificent adventure.

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