The Elysium Commission
By L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765317209, 336pp.)
Publication Date: February 20, 2007
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L.E. Modesitt returns to SF with a whole new future world on the brink of destruction. A brilliant scientist on the planet Devanta has created a small universe contiguous to ours --and a utopian city on one of the planets. The question becomes, though, an utopia for whom? And why is a shady entertainment mogul subsidizing the scientist? More critical than that, does this new universe require the destruction of a portion --or all -- of our universe in order to grow and stabilize? Blaine Donne is a retired military special operative now devoted to problem-solving for hire. He investigates a series of seemingly unrelated mysteries that arise with the arrival of a woman with unlimited resources who has neither a present nor a past. The more he investigates, the more questions arise, including the role of the two heiresses who are more -- and less -- than they seem, and the more Donne is pushed inexorably toward an explosive solution and a regional interstellar war.
L.E. MODESITT, JR. lives in Cedar City, Utah.
Praise for The Eternity Artifact
"A glorious space opera ." --Chronicle
"Captivating far-future tale of life in space, from the author of Flash. . . .Modesitt's prose is lively. . . .A must-read for Modesitt fans, as well as those of Jack McDevitt and Arthur C. Clarke." -Kirkus, starred review
"Shines with engrossing characters, terrific plotting, and realistic world-building . . . .rip-roaring space adventure . . . .a must-read for fans of interstellar fiction." -Romantic Times Bookclub
"A powerful novel on a sweeping, mysterious stage."--Dave Drake
"L. E. Modesitt is one of those special authors who brings a great deal to his work: a love of words, an understanding of people and cultures, and an interest in great stories and ideas. It shows in every line of his tale."-David Farland on The Eternity Artifact
"Superior science-fiction adventure writing. The plot moves compellingly, the characters are distinct and idenitifiable." -Science Fiction Weekly on The Eternity Artifact