Literature: Fallen Dragon
is a science-fiction novel by Peter F. Hamilton
, published in 2001. Unlike most of his works, this is a standalone novel. In the 24th century, the age of interstellar travel is drawing to a close thanks to the hideous expense of travelling by starship. The remaining starships are repurposed by Earth-based mega corporations into the only venture that remains profitable: "asset realisation", or the pillaging of colony planets in debt to the aforementioned corporations for material to sell. The plot follows several different threads, all woven together in a non-linear fashion. These threads mostly revolve around the early and late life of Lawrence Newton, a colony-born boy who dreamed of piloting exploratory starships who eventually became a jaded soldier in the employ of the biggest megacorporation, Zantiu-Braun; Denise Ebourn, a resistance fighter on Thallspring, one of the planets Zantiu-Braun is intent on invading. Both have big plans for Z-B's next jaunt to Thallspring...
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