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"When the Betelgeuse message was detected, it changed a lot of things on Earth. We began to look seriously outward, not with the heady optimism of the early days, but with deliberate calculation. We knew that Someone was out there, and that eventually, they’d be coming. If Earth didn’t occupy the High Frontier, it could be ours to lose."
Esther "Star" Svensdotter’s job is overseeing the completion of the American Alliance’s first O’Neill cylinder - a massive space hub capable of supporting thousands of colonists. It’s just weeks away from commissioning, and she’ll be damned if Luddite terrorists, squabbling bureaucrats, military takeovers or rogue AIs will stand in the way. Frontier justice on Ellfive sometimes involves an airlock - you don’t want to be on the wrong side of justice. Or the wrong side of Star Svensdotter.
The first in Dana Stabenow’s Star Svensdotter trilogy, Second Star is a tale of first contact, declarations of independence, and new frontiers.
©1991 Dana Stabenow (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lindsay Jeffers on 04-02-12

Interesting Space Opera

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Stabenow worked hard to get some good science into her fiction. The influence of Heinlein on both plot device and characterization is strong, but the females in the story are given a more satisfactory personality than Heinlein usually did. It seems clear that the succeeding novels are being prepared for in this tale, although it is good in itself. I ended up listening to three quarters and reading the last quarter in e-text, since it was free. Both media compelled my interest.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Darryl on 03-08-13

first in ok series

overall this was a nice little series of the "daily life" aboard a future space station type. the influence of Clarke, Heinlein etc is very apparent several ways, especially Clarke of the early years and later 2001. I liked it for the most part, but had some trouble with the narrator who mispronounces some items, and ultimately by the end of the series i began to wonder if Stabenow couldn't make up her mind on what the series was to be. at one point or another almost all the stock elements of Scifi are present, which I thought detracted from the more interesting ideas she presented but didn't quite develop. "first contact" pops up, but in 2nd book seems not to have altered mankind's thinking much. then in 3rd book there is a search for yet another human precursor society which almost seems forgotten for much of the book, & then the book ends where it should be getting interesting. I wanted to like the set more, but kept feeling that the 3 books could have been condensed (in fact some entire scenes are repeated here and there )

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