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The hostile world of Harambee was settled by refugees seeking a better life, with a little nudge from the Transsolar Corporation. Now General Michael Sheridan commands an interstellar peacekeeping operation tasked with bringing order to a world torn apart by poverty, ethnic conflict, and foreign exploitation. His estranged daughter Claire is an idealistic human rights lawyer who adamantly opposes the mission. Njeri Omondi and Amazai Nebtomo are Harambean politicians of rival ethnicities, and secret lovers, who are trying to save their homeworld from implosion. Their worst fears are realized when a coup topples the government and unleashes a horrific campaign of genocide. These individuals must risk everything, and violate their most cherished principles, to stop the killing–especially when Sheridan’s peacekeepers are ordered not to intervene. As they strive to rouse an apathetic interstellar community, they have no idea how many great powers are manipulating the war to their advantage. Among them is a utopian moon obsessed with achieving the Singularity: a technological leap forward into a posthuman future.
The book has been described as “Blackhawk Down in space.” It is set three hundred years in the future, but is not far-flung science fiction. This is a story about the here and now: about the constancy of human nature, the unchanging nature of war, and the moral complexity of military intervention. It defies genre and should appeal to anyone who thinks seriously about issues of war and peace, whether they typically read science fiction or not.
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Summit Dreams (2002)
An American POW in a Vietnamese prison finds solace–and an unexpected mystery–in his imagined attempt to scale Mount Everest.
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Conquering Europa (2002)
A corporate representative determined to conquer Jupiter’s moon of Europa is trapped beneath the ice in a submersible, along with a scientist who is determined to stop him. This story won the 2001 Asimov/Dell Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing.
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The Wasp Keepers (2014)
The world has finally found a way to end the brutal, senseless, and fragmented war in Syria: an occupation enforced by swarms of miniature drones. Under a system that provides perfect sensing and perfect strike capability, violence has become impossible–but as a Syrian mother named Um Hamza discovers, that does not mean peace. This story appears in the 2014 War Stories anthology.