Author: John Barnes

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Meeting Infinity

Meeting Infinity
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781781083802
  • Release: 2015-12-01
  • Authors: Sean Williams, Gregory Benford, John Barnes, Ian McDonald, Gwyneth Jones, Nancy Kress, Aliette de Bodard, Bruce Sterling, James S.A. Corey, Madeline Ashby, Kameron Hurley, Simon Ings, Yoon Ha Lee, Ramez Naam, An Owomoyela, Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, * Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Solaris
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Continuing the award-nominated SF anthology series from multiple award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan.

The world we are living in is changing every day. We surf future shock every morning when we get out of bed. And with every passing day we are increasingly asked: how do we have to change to live in the future we are faced with?

Whether it’s climate change, inundated coastlines and drowned cities; the cramped confines of a tin can hurtling through space to the outer reaches of our Solar System; or the rush of being uploaded into some cyberspace, our minds and bodies are going to have to change and change a lot. Meeting Infinity will be one hundred thousand words of SF filled with action and adventure that attempts to answer the question: how much do we need to change to meet tomorrow and live in the future? The incredible authors contributing tho this collection are: Gregory Benford, James S.A. Corey, Aliette de Bodard, Kameron Hurley, Simon Ings, Madeline Ashby, John Barnes, Gwyneth Jones, Nancy Kress, Yoon Ha Lee, Ian McDonald, Ramez Naam, An Owomoyela, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Bruce Sterling and  Sean Williams

The books of the “Infinity Project” trace an arc: from the present day into the far future, and now from the broad canvas of interstellar space to the most intimate space of all - ourselves.


The Last President - A Novel of Daybreak

The Last President
  • Number: 9781937007157
  • Release: 2013-09-03
  • Author: John Barnes
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction
  • Publisher: ACE
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An author who ?excels at combining the tension of the chase with the elements of science fiction,”* John Barnes delivered a fascinating and frightening scenario about the collapse of America’s political and social infrastructure following the destruction of modern technology. Now, the author of Directive 51 and Daybreak Zero continues his story of the wild postapocalyptic frontier?and humanity’s last desperate attempt to re-civilize their world?

For more than a year, Heather O’Grainne and her small band of heroes, operating out of Pueblo, Colorado, have struggled to pull the United States back together after it shattered under the impact of the event known as Daybreak. Now they are poised to bring the three or four biggest remaining pieces together, with a real President and Congress, under the full Constitution again. Heather is very close to fulfilling her oath, creating a safe haven for civilization to be reborn.

But other forces are rising too.

Some people like the new life better...

In a devastated, splintered, postapocalyptic United States, with technology thrown back to biplanes, black powder, and steam trains, a tiny band of visionaries struggles to re-create Constitutional government and civilization itself, as a new dark age takes shape around them.

*Rocky Mountain News


Daybreak Zero - A Novel of Daybreak

Daybreak Zero
  • 2 Stars
  • Number: 9780441019755
  • Release: 2011-03-01
  • Author: John Barnes
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: ACE
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What began as a technothriller continues as high adventure in the newly savage ruins of civilization. ÿ
In late 2024, Daybreak, a movement of post-apocalyptic eco-saboteurs,ÿ smashed modern civilization to its knees. In the losing, hopeless struggle against Daybreak, Heather O'Grainne played a major role. That story was told in Directive 51.
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Now Heather's story continues in Daybreak Zero.ÿ In the summer of 2025, she leads a tiny organization of scientists, spies, scouts, entrepreneurs, engineers, dreamers, and daredevils based in Pueblo, Colorado. Both of the almost-warring governments of the United States have charged them with an all but impossible mission: find a way to put the world back together.

But Daybreak's triumph has flung the world back centuries in technology, politics, and culture.ÿ Pro-Daybreak Tribals openly celebrate ending the world as we know it.ÿ Army regiments have to fight their way in and out of Pennsylvania. The Earth's environment is saturated with plastic-devouring biotes and electronics-corroding nanoswarm.ÿ A leftover Daybreak device drops atom bombs from the moon on any outpost of the old civilization it can spot.
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Confined to her base in Pueblo to give birth to her first child, Heather recruits and monitors a coterie of tech wizards, tough guys, and modern-day frontier scouts: a handful of heroes to patrol a continent.ÿ All the news is bad: Tribals have overrun Indiana and Illinois; the last working aircraft carrier sits helplessly out in the Indian Ocean, not daring to come closer to land;ÿ the crash of one of the last working airplanes kills a vital industrialist; Tribals try to force appeasement on the Provi government while the Temper government faces a rebellion of religious fanatics; seventeen states are lost to the Tribals as California drifts into secession andhereditary monarchy, and everywhere,ÿ Provis and Tempers lurch toward civil war. Her agents have exceptional courage, initiative, skill, intelligence, and daring, but can they be enough?ÿ For the sake of everything from her newborn son to her dying nation,ÿ can she forge them into a the weapon that can at last win the world back from the overwhelming, malevolent force of Daybreak?ÿ Her success or failure may change everything for the next thousand years, beginning from
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Daybreak Zero.


Directive 51

Directive 51
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780441018222
  • Release: 2010-04-06
  • Author: John Barnes
  • Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy
  • Tags: * Science Fiction
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
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The first book in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy from "a master of the genre"

Heather O'Grainne is the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Future Threat Assessment, investigating rumors surrounding something called "Daybreak." The group is diverse and radical, and its members have only one thing in common-their hatred for the "Big System" and their desire to take it down.

Now, seemingly random events simultaneously occurring around the world are in fact connected as part of Daybreak's plan to destroy modern civilization-a plan that will eliminate America's top government personnel, leaving the nation no choice but to implement its emergency contingency program...Directive 51.