On the Steel Breeze (Poseidon's Children, Book 2) by Alastair Reynolds
By Alastair Reynolds
The second one half in Reynolds' "Poseidon's Children" trilogy, at the metal Breeze is decided within the twenty fourth century, 2 hundred years after the occasions of Blue Remembered Earth. It depicts an incredible interstellar colonization attempt, regarding enormous quantities of substantial new release ships referred to as "holoships" wearing billions of people to extrasolar planets. The holoships are propelled to relativistic velocities by means of engines in accordance with unique "Chibesa physics", yet are at risk of overshooting their objective planets as a result of an absence of gas for deceleration. in the meantime, the ocean-dwelling transhumans of the United Aquatic international locations became certainly one of Earth's pre-eminent powers, and the colonization of Venus is underway.
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She snapped off two rapid head shots, blowing a hole in the Marine's forehead, but the Soul Drinker seemed not to even notice the mas-sive wound. Aescarion couldn't claim to know a great deal about fighting the living dead but she hazarded a guess that it would take more than just a killing wound to fell the Soul Drinker - nothing but dismemberment would stop it. And dismem-berment was something at which Aescarion excelled. She drew the power axe and charged the Marine. It was a full head taller than her but she was much quicker.
He blew open the lower entrance of the outpost and was the first in. ' 'Nicias died on the way here. He had multiple internal injuries and there were only emergency medical supplies on the shuttle. We used those for the woman. Nicias went into half-sleep and never woke up. ' 'Three months. According to the mission plan it should have been longer, but Eumenix went downhill fast and we had to get off. Then again, I don't think she'd have survived the shuttle any longer. The food ran out a week ago.
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