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In his excellent novelThe Wreck of The River of Stars, Michael Flynn looks back on the romantic Age of Sail: the second, high-tech Age of Sail, when spaceships with vast magnetic sails rode the solar winds across the immense ocean of space, and the greatest of the luxury spaceliners wasThe River of Stars. But the second Age of Sail is dead: the magnetic sails all were struck, and the spaceships all were retrofitted with the new Farnsworth fusion drive. Once a legend,The River of Starsis now a tramp cargo freighter, plying the outer planets with a scanty crew of men and women with questionable pasts, private agendas, and more than a little interpersonal friction.

When a bizarre failure disables the Farnsworth engines driving The River of Stars, the crew has a problem no Earthly sailor ever faced: their ports don't stay put. If The River of Stars doesn't arrive on schedule, Jupiter will be somewhere else in its enormous orbit. That means the damaged ship will speed out of the solar system and drift forever among the stars. The crew's only hope appears to be the magnetic sail. But recreating a long-gone high-tech sail isn't the worst problem this motley crew faces. To survive, they must achieve something even more herculean: they must overcome their own intricately entangled fears, hatreds, power struggles, and romantic disasters. --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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review by . February 21, 2012
. . . reviewers seemed to either love this one or hate it.    I'm one of the ones who loved it. (And my uncle, who introduced me to Flynn, didn't care for this one at all!)    Imagine a ship -- long past her heydey -- crewed with a group of misfits and rejects, brought together by a sympathetic, compassionate, yet utterly lacking in judgement captain -- who dies in the first chapter.    Imagine a tragedy befalling that ship and the dysfunctional …
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