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Energized (edició 2014)

de Edward M. Lerner (Autor)

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No one expected the oil to last forever. How right they were. A geopolitical miscalculation tainted the world's major oil fields with radioactivity and plunged the Middle East into chaos. Any oil that remains usable is more prized than ever. No one can build solar farms, wind farms, and electric cars quickly enough to cope. The few countries still able to export petroleum and natural gas--Russia chief among them--have a stranglehold on the world economy. Then, from the darkness of space, came Phoebe. Rather than deflect the onrushing asteroid, America coaxed it into Earth's orbit. Solar power satellites--cheaply mass-produced in orbit with resources mined from the new moon to beam vast amounts of power to the ground--offer America its last, best hope of avoiding servitude and economic ruin. As though building miles-wide structures in space isn't challenging enough, special interests, from technophobes to eco-extremists to radio astronomers, want to stop the project. And the remaining petro powers will do anything to protect their newfound dominance of world affairs. NASA engineer Marcus Judson is determined to make the powersat demonstration project a success. And he will--even though nothing in his job description mentions combating an international cabal or going into space to do it.… (més)
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Títol:Energized
Autors:Edward M. Lerner (Autor)
Informació:Tor Science Fiction (2014), 384 pages
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Technothriller that reveals some of the tremendous potentials for Earth of solar power satellite but details some of the risks as well. It is our future to choose from. ( )
  scottshjefte1 | Sep 6, 2019 |
Not a bad technothriller over all. Not sure why it is rated so low by others. One could quibble with some of the writing, but if that is the author's style, I'm inclined to let him use it. Perhaps it was a bit too obvious in who the good guys and bad guys were, but it kept me interested enough for it to pass the 80-page test. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
The first half of the book was rather trite and trivial. I almost gave up on it. However, I'm glad I kept reading. The rest of the book redeemed it and actually became a good story. The theme is relevant to near future development of energy supplies. One of the key messages is that no matter how "safe" we believe a new technology to be, no matter how many safeguards are built into the technology, no matter how much "defense in depth" (as nuclear power buffs like to contend they have) the technology features, there always will be a way that the supposedly beneficial technology can be turned into a catastrophe. There is no perfect technology. We always must be prepared to deal with consequences of catastrophic and massive failure. ( )
  rondoctor | Jul 28, 2015 |
Energized er en techno-triller som grenser mot hard Science Fiction. Den tar ett kritisk blikk på energibehov og muligheter for utvinning.
Politisk viser boka et kynisk spill om verdensdominans. Denne gange er det russiske operatører, og ikke Reagans USA som river i stykker infrastrukturen i oljefeltene for å tjene på verdensmarkedet.
USA har fått helterollen. De er de økonomisk og teknologisk undertrykte som har satset alt på ett kort. De har fanget en asteroide i omløpsbane rundt jorden for å bruke den som kilde og produskjonsplattform til gigantiske solenergi-fangere.
Teknologisk drar den fram noen av de mest høytravende teknologiske alternativene til oljeenergi og drar dem til sitt mest skremmende potensiale. Teknologien holder seg pent innen nåværende teorier og spekulasjoner om fremtidige teknologiske rammer, selv om tidlinjen er for stram.
Persongalleriet er levende og troverdig ,selv om noen av nøkkelpersonene gjør noe enkle valg. Edward M. Lerner har skrevet en god bok som viser spennende teknologi og skremmende scenarier.
4½ av 5 stjerner ****½ ( )
  Tumler100 | Aug 13, 2013 |
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No one expected the oil to last forever. How right they were. A geopolitical miscalculation tainted the world's major oil fields with radioactivity and plunged the Middle East into chaos. Any oil that remains usable is more prized than ever. No one can build solar farms, wind farms, and electric cars quickly enough to cope. The few countries still able to export petroleum and natural gas--Russia chief among them--have a stranglehold on the world economy. Then, from the darkness of space, came Phoebe. Rather than deflect the onrushing asteroid, America coaxed it into Earth's orbit. Solar power satellites--cheaply mass-produced in orbit with resources mined from the new moon to beam vast amounts of power to the ground--offer America its last, best hope of avoiding servitude and economic ruin. As though building miles-wide structures in space isn't challenging enough, special interests, from technophobes to eco-extremists to radio astronomers, want to stop the project. And the remaining petro powers will do anything to protect their newfound dominance of world affairs. NASA engineer Marcus Judson is determined to make the powersat demonstration project a success. And he will--even though nothing in his job description mentions combating an international cabal or going into space to do it.

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