|Plot Summary of Probability Sun|
Tor, Jul 2001, 24.95, 348 pp.
A couple of centuries into the future, the Fallers are defeating the Earthlings in an interstellar war. Time seems to be running out for the Terrans as nothing works against their unbeatable foes.
Desperate, the Terrans return to World, a place whose sentient inhabitants Worlders kicked humans off planet due to different “realities” (see PROBABILITY MOON). The human crew consists of scientists and military, but the two groups have different agendas when it comes to the artifact they plan to study on World. The soldiers plan to use the machine without testing it in a last chance effort to defeat the seemingly infallible Fallers. However, the scientists worry that activating this gizmo from a long defunct advanced race could lead to a universal doomsday. Even before they can study the machine, the Earthlings must find a means of obtaining the help of the empathic Worlders who probably will boot the Terrans off planet again.
PROBABILITY SUN is the usual great science fiction novel expected by genre fans of Nancy Kress. The story line is fast-paced, loaded with action, and contains strong characterizations including the alien races. World seems like a real world and the future remains bleak for humanity, but not quite as dark as PROBABILITY MOON that is if the Worlders cooperate, and the artifact can be activated and controlled. Ms. Kress continues to provide some of the best the genre has to offer when the emphasis is on the science as much if not more so as the fiction.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Probability Sun|
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FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
- info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena
If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:
- fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens)
War or Invasion
Major kinds of combat:
- spaceship battles
- air battles
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- champion of justice
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an entire race
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an average amount
- really, really giant spaceship/station
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- unfriendly aliens
Planet outside solar system?
Takes place in spaceship?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a lot of techical jargon
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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