By Stephen Baxter
From Stephen Baxter, a thrilling new episode in his acclaimed Xeelee destiny historical past: Starfall, a story if warfare among the Empire of Sol and its scattered stellar colonies, with sinister turns of destiny ready within the wings . . . For 9 hundred years, a dynasty of Empresses all named Shira—apparent descendants of a refugee from a nightmarish destiny epoch—has ruled Earth and the entire new worlds of humankind. yet now uprising looms final. In Alpha Centauri method, a visionary named Flood has assembled a fleet, armed with ferocious guns, its project to assault the Empire and strength its hand over. Flood is ready to bombard Earth in submission if desire be, smashing its towns, killing billions . . . Why? what's on the root of his singular fanaticism?
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