Anvil of Stars, by Bear, Greg

As sequels go, I think it's generally difficult to find one that outshines its predecessor. It seemed to happen a few times with films in the 1980's, what with The Empire Strikes Back, Aliens, and the like. But I generally feel less satisfied with a second novel and or movie than a first. One notable exception is Greg Bear's Anvil of Stars, a sequel to The Forge of God, which takes the story in a completely different direction, with only a hint of a shared world. Anvil of Stars g[…]

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