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Book of the Month - March 2011

'Ceres,' by L. Neil Smith
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Book II of the Ngu Family Saga

by L. Neil Smith

Paperback: 490 pages
Publisher: Phoenix Pick (November 22, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612420079
ISBN-13: 978-1612420073
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches


Courtesy: Pheonix Pick

In the 22nd century people have spread into the Solar System. Born and raised in a twentieth of Earth's gravity on the asteroid Pallas, young skater Llyra Ngu is grimly determined to compete and win on mankind's homeworld-an ambition that many say will cripple or kill her.

Her older brother Wilson is equally set on quitting his job as a surveyor's apprentice to become an asteroid hunter, a calling fraught with the promise of fabulous riches and the danger of sudden death. He will find a full share of romance and disappointment, love and loss, and pursue the asteroid hunter's holy grail, the legendary Diamond Rogue.

Llyra's training will require years, and a journey that will take her to Ceres, at one tenth Earth's gravity, where her father bosses the Ceres Terraformation Project, to the one-sixth gravity of the Moon, to Mars and one third gravity, and finally to Earth. Along the way, she will survive jealous rivals, a hostile press, terrorist attacks, and the hijacking of a spaceliner in order to achieve her goal.

In the end, Llyra and Wilson will hear the call of the stars, themselves.

Editor's note:

Ceres is a 2010 Prometheus Award Nominee, and the long awaited follow up to 1994 Prometheus Award Winner Pallas