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12th Mar '13 2:12:39 PM Xtifr
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''If we can send a man to the moon, why can't we send a man to the moon?''

In 1972, Mariesa van Huyten, heir apparent to her grandfather's corporate empire, witnesses a shooting star in the daylight over the Grand Tetons. The slightest change in the trajectory, she knows, could have been catastrophic. It marks her for life.

Twenty-seven years later, the secret space program she has been developing with select members of scion companies prepares to begin test flight, as Mariesa selects students from her latest acquisition, Mentor Academies, to ensure the future of the space program - her only hope to fight asteroids, and the highest dreams of her inner circle.

But the road is beset with enemies: political opposition, competitors, saboteurs, and not least, their own vaunting ambition.

Humanity, though, for all its flaws, is a race built to vaunt.

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'''This book series provides examples of:'''
* BlackAndNerdy: Hobie ends up as the frontrunner for the Nobel Prize. He's actually a jock in high school; his former classmates never quite get over this.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: Roberta]] does ''not'' appreciate being manipulated.
* CanonWelding: ''Lodestar'' suddenly includes several characters from Flynn's [[{{Foundation}} psychohistoric]] conspiracy thriller ''In the Country of the Blind''. The implication is that the societal trends in the series have been encouraged by the most decent secret society and their longtime rival society is still fighting them.
* ChasteHero: Jacinta Rosario is part of an inner-city female-empowerment sort of chastity movement.
* ClassReunion: This is where Roberta closes her revenge deal with Jimmy Poole.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Klondike-American is fond of these, though only Cyrus Attwood is hard-core evil.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover of ''Lodestar'' depicts a two-page dream sequence, and not a mining operation on an asteroid as the observer would assume.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: The Witherspoon Class of 2001 seems like it's doing ''all'' the work at times.
* GoGetterGirl: Jenny Ribbon, thanks to her stage mom.
* {{Goth}}: Styx - Mariesa wonders if she defies stereotypes or if it's simply a stereotype she's not familiar with.
* InnerCitySchool: Witherspoon, before Belinda Karr gets to it.
* InsufferableGenius: Jimmy Poole. As such, he's rather low on scruples - and given his computer skills, things get interesting.
* InterclassRomance: Barry and Mariesa. Justified because he's a schoolteacher and she's practically on the Fiction500.
* IronLady: Mariesa. Less so after [[spoiler: she resigns the chairship]], but her dialogue is still formal to the point of iciness, especially when she gets defensive.
* TheChessmaster: ''Mariesa''.
* NerdsAreVirgins: Jimmy Poole goes to astounding lengths in ''Rogue Star'' to get laid.
* SaveOurStudents: You can scarcely turn around in this universe without hitting some ambitious program to educate the disadvantaged - Witherspoon not least. "Mother Smythe" with her chaste sisterhoods is probably the most drastic example.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: A very practical sort of idealistic.
* SmugSnake: Cyrus Attwood.
* StrawmanPolitical: Surprisingly thin on the ground - all political sides from paleocons to progressives are shown to have their points - but Dottie in the People's Crusades is a StrawFeminist if ever there was one.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The first book was written in 1997 and set in 1999. It still feels like near-future.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Mariesa has her moments.

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''If we can send a man to ''Firestar'' (or ''Fire Star'') may refer to:

* ''Firestar'',
the moon, why can't we send a man to the moon?''

In 1972, Mariesa van Huyten, heir apparent to her grandfather's corporate empire, witnesses a shooting star
first novel in the daylight over ''Literature/FirestarSeries'' by Michael F. Flynn.
* ''Fire Star'',
the Grand Tetons. The slightest change third novel in the trajectory, she knows, could have been catastrophic. It marks her for life.

Twenty-seven years later, the secret space program she has been developing with select members of scion companies prepares to begin test flight, as Mariesa selects students from her latest acquisition, Mentor Academies, to ensure the future of the space program - her only hope to fight asteroids, and the highest dreams of her inner circle.

But the road is beset with enemies: political opposition, competitors, saboteurs, and not least, their own vaunting ambition.

Humanity, though, for all its flaws, is a race built to vaunt.

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'''This book series provides examples of:'''
* BlackAndNerdy: Hobie ends up as the frontrunner for the Nobel Prize. He's actually a jock in high school; his former classmates never quite get over this.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: Roberta]] does ''not'' appreciate being manipulated.
* CanonWelding: ''Lodestar'' suddenly includes several characters from Flynn's [[{{Foundation}} psychohistoric]] conspiracy thriller ''In the Country of the Blind''. The implication is that the societal trends in the series have been encouraged
''Literature/TheLastDragonChronicles'' by the most decent secret society and their longtime rival society is still fighting them.
* ChasteHero: Jacinta Rosario is part of an inner-city female-empowerment sort of chastity movement.
* ClassReunion: This is where Roberta closes her revenge deal with Jimmy Poole.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Klondike-American is fond of these, though only Cyrus Attwood is hard-core evil.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover of ''Lodestar'' depicts a two-page dream sequence, and not a mining operation on an asteroid as the observer would assume.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: The Witherspoon Class of 2001 seems like it's doing ''all'' the work at times.
* GoGetterGirl: Jenny Ribbon, thanks to her stage mom.
* {{Goth}}: Styx - Mariesa wonders if she defies stereotypes or if it's simply a stereotype she's not familiar with.
* InnerCitySchool: Witherspoon, before Belinda Karr gets to it.
* InsufferableGenius: Jimmy Poole. As such, he's rather low on scruples - and given his computer skills, things get interesting.
* InterclassRomance: Barry and Mariesa. Justified because he's a schoolteacher and she's practically on the Fiction500.
* IronLady: Mariesa. Less so after [[spoiler: she resigns the chairship]], but her dialogue is still formal to the point of iciness, especially when she gets defensive.
* TheChessmaster: ''Mariesa''.
* NerdsAreVirgins: Jimmy Poole goes to astounding lengths in ''Rogue Star'' to get laid.
* SaveOurStudents: You can scarcely turn around in this universe without hitting some ambitious program to educate the disadvantaged - Witherspoon not least. "Mother Smythe" with her chaste sisterhoods is probably the most drastic example.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: A very practical sort of idealistic.
* SmugSnake: Cyrus Attwood.
* StrawmanPolitical: Surprisingly thin on the ground - all political sides from paleocons to progressives are shown to have their points - but Dottie in the People's Crusades is a StrawFeminist if ever there was one.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The first book was written in 1997 and set in 1999. It still feels like near-future.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Mariesa has her moments.
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18th Nov '12 6:44:36 AM DomaDoma
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* SlidingScaleLongName: A very practical sort of idealistic.

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* SlidingScaleLongName: SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: A very practical sort of idealistic.
18th Nov '12 6:43:42 AM DomaDoma
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* CanonWelding: ''Lodestar'' suddenly includes several characters from Flynn's [[{{Foundation}} psychohistoric]] conspiracy thriller ''In the Country of the Blind''. The implication is that the societal trends in the series have been encouraged by the most decent secret society and their longtime rival society is still fighting them.


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* ClassReunion: This is where Roberta closes her revenge deal with Jimmy Poole.


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* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover of ''Lodestar'' depicts a two-page dream sequence, and not a mining operation on an asteroid as the observer would assume.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: The Witherspoon Class of 2001 seems like it's doing ''all'' the work at times.


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* InnerCitySchool: Witherspoon, before Belinda Karr gets to it.


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* SaveOurStudents: You can scarcely turn around in this universe without hitting some ambitious program to educate the disadvantaged - Witherspoon not least. "Mother Smythe" with her chaste sisterhoods is probably the most drastic example.
* SlidingScaleLongName: A very practical sort of idealistic.
9th Jul '12 7:43:11 AM DomaDoma
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* GoGetterGirl: Jenny Ribbon, thanks to her stage mom.



* IronLady: Mariesa. Less so after [[spoiler: she resigns the chairship]], but her dialogue is still formal to the point of iciness, especially when she gets defensive.



* TheWomanBehindTheQueenlyMask: Mariesa has her moments.

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* TheWomanBehindTheQueenlyMask: TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Mariesa has her moments.
9th Jul '12 7:36:43 AM DomaDoma
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* WomanBehindTheQueenlyMask: Mariesa has her moments.

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* WomanBehindTheQueenlyMask: TheWomanBehindTheQueenlyMask: Mariesa has her moments.
9th Jul '12 7:33:58 AM DomaDoma
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Humanity, though, is a race built to vaunt.

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Humanity, though, for all its flaws, is a race built to vaunt.



* BlackAndNerdy: Hobie. He's actually a jock in high school; his former classmates never quite get over this.

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* BlackAndNerdy: Hobie.Hobie ends up as the frontrunner for the Nobel Prize. He's actually a jock in high school; his former classmates never quite get over this.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Klondike-American is fond of these, though only Cyrus Attwood is hard-core evil.
* {{Goth}}: Styx - Mariesa wonders if she defies stereotypes or if it's simply a stereotype she's not familiar with.



* TheChessmaster: ''Mariesa''.



* SmugSnake: Cyrus Attwood.



* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The first book was written in 1997 and set in 1999. It still feels like near-future.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The first book was written in 1997 and set in 1999. It still feels like near-future.near-future.
* WomanBehindTheQueenlyMask: Mariesa has her moments.
1st Jul '12 4:36:41 PM DomaDoma
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''If we can send a man to the moon, why can't we send a man to the moon?''

In 1972, Mariesa van Huyten, heir apparent to her grandfather's corporate empire, witnesses a shooting star in the daylight over the Grand Tetons. The slightest change in the trajectory, she knows, could have been catastrophic. It marks her for life.

Twenty-seven years later, the secret space program she has been developing with select members of scion companies prepares to begin test flight, as Mariesa selects students from her latest acquisition, Mentor Academies, to ensure the future of the space program - her only hope to fight asteroids, and the highest dreams of her inner circle.

But the road is beset with enemies: political opposition, competitors, saboteurs, and not least, their own vaunting ambition.

Humanity, though, is a race built to vaunt.

---------------------
'''This book series provides examples of:'''
*BlackAndNerdy: Hobie. He's actually a jock in high school; his former classmates never quite get over this.
*BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler: Roberta]] does ''not'' appreciate being manipulated.
*ChasteHero: Jacinta Rosario is part of an inner-city female-empowerment sort of chastity movement.
*InsufferableGenius: Jimmy Poole. As such, he's rather low on scruples - and given his computer skills, things get interesting.
*InterclassRomance: Barry and Mariesa. Justified because he's a schoolteacher and she's practically on the Fiction500.
*NerdsAreVirgins: Jimmy Poole goes to astounding lengths in ''Rogue Star'' to get laid.
*StrawmanPolitical: Surprisingly thin on the ground - all political sides from paleocons to progressives are shown to have their points - but Dottie in the People's Crusades is a StrawFeminist if ever there was one.
*TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The first book was written in 1997 and set in 1999. It still feels like near-future.
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