"Very satisfying read"
A couple of centuries into the future, the Fallers are
defeating the Earthlings in an interstellar war. Time
seems to be running out for the Terrans as nothing works
against their unbeatable foes.
Desperate, the Terrans return to World, a place whose
sentient inhabitants Worlders kicked humans off planet due
to different 'realities' (see PROBABILITY MOON). The human
crew consists of scientists and military, but the two
groups have different agendas when it comes to the artifact
they plan to study on World. The soldiers plan to use the
machine without testing it in a last chance effort to
defeat the seemingly infallible Fallers. However, the
scientists worry that activating this gizmo from a long
defunct advanced race could lead to a universal doomsday.
Even before they can study the machine, the Earthlings must
find a means of obtaining the help of the empathic Worlders
who probably will boot the Terrans off planet again.
PROBABILITY SUN is the usual great science fiction novel
expected by genre fans of Nancy Kress. The story line is
fast-paced, loaded with action, and contains strong
characterizations including the alien races. World seems
like a real world and the future remains bleak for
humanity, but not quite as dark as PROBABILITY MOON; that
is if the Worlders cooperate, and the artifact can be
activated and controlled. Ms. Kress continues to provide
some of the best the genre has to offer when the emphasis
is on the science as much if not more so as the fiction.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 1, 2001