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Cradle of Saturn cover Cradle of Saturn by James P. Hogan

Cover art by Dru Blair

Published by Baen Books

Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel

What if everything we knew about the Solar System were wrong -- and were proved to us in a way so dramatic that it defeats all attempts to deny it? This is the world Hogan creates in this novel, of a world where the cosmological theories of German psychologist Emmanuel Velikovsky are more than crackpot notions.

On Earth the space program is dying, in spite of efforts of entreprenuers like Landen Keene, who has built a fusion-powered rocket that can refuel with any suitable substance, not just refined fuels. But some years earlier a group of idealists founded a colony on one of the moons of Saturn, dedicated to a society without money or greed, where people do their jobs because one should do one's utmost and be one's best, not because one has to. And their scientists have made some strange new breakthroughs, and are returning to the homeworld to share their knowlege and expand it.

Just in time, for Jupiter has vomited forth a planet-sized new body, named Athena for the Greek myth of the goddess who burst forth fully formed from the brow of Zeus. Terran scientists are certain that it will shoot out into deep space and be lost, but the Kronian scientists warn that their understanding is incomplete, and they must not be so complacent.

Amidst an atmosphere of suspicion and treachery among the very humans who claim to most value open inquiry, Athena makes a seemingly impossible turn around the Sun to come straight at the Earth, bringing unspeakable devestation. Now the Kronians' outpost among Saturn's moons is the only hope for technological civilization -- but before Landon Keene can take it, he must make a desperate cross-country trek to find the woman he loves and the child he fathered. Can he find them before it is too late?

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Review posted January 21, 2004

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