{4.5/5} “He was watching the Earth roll by. The planet filled half the sky, stretching toward distant hazy horizons. Directly below paraded a vastly bright panorama that never repeated itself, highlighted topographies that were ever-familiar and yet always startling.”

Earth by David Brin, published in 1990

Alex created a tiny black hole in a controlled environment. Protestors broke in and disrupted things, and now the black hole is in the Earth’s core. But he’s the only one who knows it — he needs a wealthy patron to help retrieve it. Meanwhile, Teresa pilots a space shuttle to the station but soon after arrival an unexplained disaster makes her disengage and splits the station into pieces.

If you’re a fan of Stephen Baxter and Kim Stanley Robinson, you’ll like this book.

It’s about teenagers and seniors, privacy, environmentalism, and the results of human ingenuity and human thoughtlessness. It’s about different ideas about how to live.

It’s a technological mystery with the fate of the planet at stake. It’s science-y but the story and characters will keep you reading.

I’ve read 10 books by Brin. I previously reviewed Foundation’s Triumph.

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