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Ball lightning

Author: Cixin Liu; Joel Martinsen
Publisher: New York : Tor, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
When Chen's parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier. While Chen's quest for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Science fiction
Fiction
Action and adventure fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cixin Liu; Joel Martinsen
ISBN: 9780765394071 0765394073
Language Note: Translated from the Chinese.
OCLC Number: 959038790
Notes: Originally published in 2005 by Sichaun Science & Technology Press in Chengdu, China.
"The first three chapters of this translation appeared in the online magazine Words Without Borders in a slightly different form in 2009."
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Description: 384 pages ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Qiu zhuang shan dian.
Responsibility: Cixin Liu ; translated by Joel Martinsen.

Abstract:

When Chen's parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of this mysterious natural phenomenon. His search takes him to stormy mountaintops, an experimental military weapons lab, and an old Soviet science station. The more he learns, the more he comes to realize that ball lightning is just the tip of an entirely new frontier. While Chen's quest for answers gives purpose to his lonely life, it also pits him against soldiers and scientists with motives of their own: a beautiful army major with an obsession with dangerous weaponry, and a physicist who has no place for ethical considerations in his single-minded pursuit of knowledge.
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