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Earth in 2064 is politically corrupt and in economic decline. The Long Depression has dragged on for 56 years, and the Bureau of Sustainable Research is hard at work making sure that no new technologies disrupt the planned economy. Ten years ago a band of malcontents, dreamers, and libertarian radicals bolted privately-developed anti-gravity drives onto rusty sea-going cargo ships, loaded them to the gills with 20th-century tunnel-boring machines and earthmoving equipment, and set sail - for the Moon. There, they built their retreat. A lunar underground border-town, fit to rival Ayn Rand's 'Galt's Gulch', with American capitalists, Mexican hydroponic farmers, and Vietnamese space-suit mechanics - this is the city of Aristillus. There's a problem, though: the economic decline of Earth under a command-and-control economy is causing trouble for the political powers-that-be in Washington DC and elsewhere. To shore up their positions they need slap down the lunar expats and seize the gold they've been mining. The conflicts start small, but rapidly escalate. There are zero-gravity gun fights in rusted ocean going ships flying through space, containers full of bulldozers hurtling through the vacuum, nuclear explosions, armies of tele-operated combat UAVs, guerrilla fighting in urban environments, and an astoundingly visual climax. The Powers of the Earth is the first book in The Aristillus series - a pair of science fiction novels about anarchocapitalism, economics, open source software, corporate finance, social media, antigravity, lunar colonization, genetically modified dogs, strong AI...and really, really big guns.

3 comments on “The Powers of the Earth (Aristillus)”

  1. Better than "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" in several ways. If you are fairly well versed with science fiction, you should know of "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress", one of Heinlein's better novels.What Mr. Corcoran does to the concept should be a crime, because he makes it his own, cranks it to eleven, over-clocks it, slaps on a VR overlay, then, just to rub salt in the wound, adds in the best uplifted species I've read in many years.While TMISAHM is more quotable, "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch" was popularized due to...

  2. Needs a good editor I bought this because it was the prometheus award winner. While the book had a lot of potential (and one can see the influence of Atlas Shrugged, The moon is a Harsh Mistress and the Uplift Series -- I can not help but wonder if one would not be better off reading them instead of this work. The author tends to repeat items a lot (I dont know how many times we get characters astounded that the government is not running everything). Also I felt the setup was very unrealistic. A supposedly...

  3. Action-packed conflict between lunar expats and earth powers This is a fantastic debut novel about some lunar colonists who live and work underground in tunnels bored through the rock. The heroes of the story are working to build out and populate their new city after being driven off Earth about a decade earlier. The earthbound governments, particularly the United States, are annoyed with the expats and the dispute quickly escalates into war on the moon.The writing is superb and backed by extensive research and development. It provides enough...

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