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Larry Niven is the award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces, and fantasy novels including the Magic Goes Away series. He has received the Nebula Award, five Hugos, four Locus Awards, two Ditmars, the Prometheus, and the Robert A. Heinlein Award, among other honors. He lives in Chatsworth, California.

Brenda Cooper is the author of the Silver Ship series--The Silver Ship and the Sea, Reading the Wind, and Wings of Creation. She has also published many short stories, including a collaboration with Larry Niven--""Ice and Mirrors""--in Scatterbrain. She lives in Kirkland, Washington.

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The colonists and crew of the spaceship John Glenn have left an Earth glutted with technology for the untouched planet Ymir, which they intend to terraform as a new Earth. When they mistakenly land on the moon Selene, which is orbiting the gas giant Harlequin, their mission changes to one of terraforming the moon and generating enough antimatter to fuel the ship for its trip to Ymir. The colonists' children become laborers in the process of molding Selene, but their fate is in doubt when their work is done, and the space ship is able to reassume its voyage. Collaborators Niven (Beowulf's Children; "Ringworld" series) and short story writer Cooper deliver a tale that explores the questions of expediency and responsibility while telling of survival in the depths of space. A good choice for most sf collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Fans of both hard and softer, psychological SF will welcome veteran Niven and newcomer Cooper's well-written tale of a 60,000-year layover in space, in which physical challenges of world building are matched by social challenges of collaboration among disparate groups. After arriving in an inhospitable solar system, the Earth Born, colonists on an interstellar journey, need to refuel their ship, John Glenn, with antimatter. Since they lack laborers, the Earth Born construct a moon where they can build a particle collider and raise a work force, the Moon Born. Destined to be abandoned, the Moon Born struggle to gain as much knowledge and technology as they can before the Earth Born depart. Some of the technology includes artificial intelligences, whose unrestricted use caused the Earth Born to flee Earth in the first place. Niven and Cooper provide complicated characters, particularly the AI, which struggle with realistic moral dilemmas. If the novel loses a bit of its emotional credibility in a compressed climax, it errs on the side of telling a rich story completely in a single volume. Agent, Eleanor Wood. (June 14) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Real, hard science, but character-driven from the first page. The scope is enormous, but the focus is intimate.

"Building Harlequin''s Moon" is a big tale, well told. Wonderful world-building and characters you can care about.
-- Syne Mitchell (09/16/2005)
"Niven and Cooper have crafted a multi-generational, star-spanning epic, with intriguing, fast-paced action. Against a backdrop of mind-boggling technology, the authors ask important questions about how far science should go, and its impact on social structures and human rights. Niven and Cooper are playing God on a grand scale."-Brian Herbert, New York times bestselling author of "Dune: The Battle of Corrin" on "Building Harlequin's Moon"

"Recent astronomy hints at a beautiful but stark vision of the solar systems around us. "Building Harlequin's Moon" is the best fiction I've seen based on this vision."--Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award--winning author of "A Fire Upon the Deep"
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"Fans of both hard and softer, psychological SF will welcome veteran Niven and newcomer Cooper's well-written tale of a 60,000-year layover in space. . . . Niven and Cooper provide complicated characters, particularly the AI, which struggle with realistic moral dilemmas."--"Publishers Weekly "on" Building Harlequin's Moon
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"Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper colonization novel is a hugely ambitious, meticulously rendered feast for both head and heart. I can't wait to see what they do next!" ---Steven Barnes on "Building Harlequin's Moon
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"Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper have accomplished that most difficult of tasks, a novel full of real, hard science, but character-driven from the first page. The scope is enormous, but the focus is intimate, with characters who live and breathe. A marvelous read!"-Louis Marley on "Building Harlequin's Moon
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""Building Harlequin's Moon" is a big tale, well told. Wonderful world-building and characters you can care about."--Syne Mitchell

Niven and Cooper have crafted a multi-generational, star-spanning epic, with intriguing, fast-paced action.



--Brian Herbert "New York Times bestselling author of Dune: The Battle of Corrin "
Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper colonization novel is a hugely ambitious, meticulously rendered feast for both head and heart.
--Steven Barnes
Real, hard science, but character-driven from the first page. The scope is enormous, but the focus is intimate.

--Louis Marley
Building Harlequin's Moon is a big tale, well told. Wonderful world-building and characters you can care about.
--Syne Mitchell

Niven and Cooper have crafted a multi-generational, star-spanning epic, with intriguing, fast-paced action. Against a backdrop of mind-boggling technology, the authors ask important questions about how far science should go, and its impact on social structures and human rights. Niven and Cooper are playing God on a grand scale. "Brian Herbert, New York times bestselling author of Dune: The Battle of Corrin on Building Harlequin's Moon"

Recent astronomy hints at a beautiful but stark vision of the solar systems around us. Building Harlequin s Moon is the best fiction I ve seen based on this vision. Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award--winning author of A Fire Upon the Dee

Fans of both hard and softer, psychological SF will welcome veteran Niven and newcomer Cooper's well-written tale of a 60,000-year layover in space. . . . Niven and Cooper provide complicated characters, particularly the AI, which struggle with realistic moral dilemmas. "Publishers Weekly on Building Harlequin's Moon"

Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper colonization novel is a hugely ambitious, meticulously rendered feast for both head and heart. I can't wait to see what they do next! "Steven Barnes on Building Harlequin's Moon"

Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper have accomplished that most difficult of tasks, a novel full of real, hard science, but character-driven from the first page. The scope is enormous, but the focus is intimate, with characters who live and breathe. A marvelous read! "Louis Marley on Building Harlequin's Moon"

"Building Harlequin's Moon" is a big tale, well told. Wonderful world-building and characters you can care about. "Syne Mitchell""


"Niven and Cooper have crafted a multi-generational, star-spanning epic, with intriguing, fast-paced action. Against a backdrop of mind-boggling technology, the authors ask important questions about how far science should go, and its impact on social structures and human rights. Niven and Cooper are playing God on a grand scale." --Brian Herbert, New York times bestselling author of Dune: The Battle of Corrin on Building Harlequin's Moon

"Recent astronomy hints at a beautiful but stark vision of the solar systems around us. Building Harlequin's Moon is the best fiction I've seen based on this vision." --Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award--winning author of A Fire Upon the Dee

"Fans of both hard and softer, psychological SF will welcome veteran Niven and newcomer Cooper's well-written tale of a 60,000-year layover in space. . . . Niven and Cooper provide complicated characters, particularly the AI, which struggle with realistic moral dilemmas." --Publishers Weekly on Building Harlequin's Moon

"Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper colonization novel is a hugely ambitious, meticulously rendered feast for both head and heart. I can't wait to see what they do next!" --Steven Barnes on Building Harlequin's Moon

"Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper have accomplished that most difficult of tasks, a novel full of real, hard science, but character-driven from the first page. The scope is enormous, but the focus is intimate, with characters who live and breathe. A marvelous read!" --Louis Marley on Building Harlequin's Moon

"Building Harlequin's Moon is a big tale, well told. Wonderful world-building and characters you can care about." --Syne Mitchell

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