The Quiet War

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Orion, Aug 26, 2010 - Fiction - 448 pages

Twenty-third century Earth has been ravaged by climate change, and is now dominated by a few powerful families, with millions of people in prison and millions more labouring to rebuild ruined ecosystems.

Meanwhile on Jupiter and Saturn, live the Outers. They have built a wild variety of scientific utopias crammed with exuberant creations of the genetic arts. Now they want to colonise Earth and drive human evolution in a new direction.

On Earth, some want to launch a pre-emptive strike against the Outers while others wish to exploit the talents of the gene wizards.

It is clear that the fragile detente between the two branches of humanity is breaking down and they may be heading towards war . . .

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User Review  - reading_fox - LibraryThing

Doesn't quite work, but sort of fun space opera - hard sf. Limited by technology to the solar system, mainstream humanity remains fearful of those emigrants to the far moons of Saturn who's adapted ... Read full review

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User Review  - kgodey - LibraryThing

THE QUIET WAR is set in the 23rd century in a fully colonised solar system. War is brewing between conservative Earth and the solar system colonists called Outers, who push the envelope on what it ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Paul McAuley's first novel won the PHILIP K. DICK AWARD and he has gone on to win almost all of the major awards in the field. For many years a research biologist, he now writes full-time. He lives in London.

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