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Energized

  • Runtime: 10.4 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 7.17.2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Fiction/Science Fiction
  • 10.43 hrs7/17/2012Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4708-1307-9
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No one expected the oil to last forever. How right they were.

A geopolitical miscalculation tainted the world’s major oil fields with radioactivity and plunged the Middle East into chaos. Any oil that remains usable is more prized than ever. No one can build solar farms, wind farms, and electric cars quickly enough to cope. The few countries still able to export petroleum and natural gas—Russia chief among them—have a stranglehold on the world economy.

Then, from the darkness of space, came Phoebe. Rather than deflect the onrushing asteroid, America coaxed it into Earth’s orbit. Solar power satellites—cheaply mass-produced in orbit with resources mined from the new moon to beam vast amounts of power to the ground—offer America its last, best hope of avoiding servitude and economic ruin.

As though building miles-wide structures in space isn’t challenging enough, special interests, from technophobes to eco-extremists to radio astronomers, want to stop the project. And the remaining petro powers will do anything to protect their newfound dominance of world affairs.

NASA engineer Marcus Judson is determined to make the powersat demonstration project a success. And he will—even though nothing in his job description mentions combating an international cabal or going into space to do it.

Editorial Reviews

“A taut near-future thriller…Lerner’s vision of the future is both topical and possible in this crisp, fast-paced hard SF adventure.”

Publishers Weekly

“Lerner’s near-future SF thriller features a plausible scenario that combines concern about the planet’s diminishing energy resources with the current interest in asteroid mining and the potential danger of meteoric impacts.” 

Library Journal

Author Biography

Edward M. Lerner has degrees in physics and computer science, a background that kept him mostly out of trouble until he began writing science fiction full time. His books include Probe, Moonstruck, and the collection Creative Destruction. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Ruth.

Reader Biography

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.

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