This book is an easy read, but entertaining. Basically an astronaut collects a moon rock. Moon rock sits in storage for many years. One thing leads to another and the same "virus" that infects Venus (causing it to explode) is now on Earth. A wide range of characters race against time to stop the "moonseed" or try to find a way to save humanity.
An excellant hard SF read. If you like end of the world disaster novels, you will love this. A nonovirus dubbed "Moonseed" is activated when Venus explodes causes severe conditions on Earth. NASA is once again called upon to try to save what is left of mankind.
In general I enjoy Baxter's work. He tends to combine very interesting fleshed out characters, very convincing hard science and fascinating plots. Moonseed is no exception to this rule.
This book is set in the not so distant future (also a favorite genre of mine), using techonology which seems quite feasable. In the plot we find a group of people who, while already struggling with personal difficulties of their own, face a calamity which threatens the Earth. Great attention is focused to detail: human personalities, political maneuvering, societal, technological and scientific.
I've read this book several times and enjoyed it more and more with each reading.
Good end of the world read, english style.
Venus explodes and showers Earth with radiation and particles that wipe out all the crops and half the life in the oceans. The ground itself begins melting into pools of dust that grow larger every day. What has demolished Venus now threatens Earth!
It Eats Planets. And It's Here. It starts when Venus explodes into a brilliant cloud of dust and debris, showering Earth with radiation and bizarre particles that wipe out all the crops and half the life in the oceans, and fry the ozone layer. Days later, a few specks of moon rock kicked up from the last Apollo mission fall upon a lava crag in Scotland. That's all it takes . . .
Suddenly, the ground itself begins melting into pools of dust that grow larger every day. For what has demolished Venus, and now threatens Earth itself, is part machine, part life-form: a nano-virus, dubbed Moonseed, that attacks planets.
Four scientists are all that stand between Moonseed and Earth's extinction, four brilliant minds that must race to cut off the virus and save what's left of Earth--a pulse-stopping battle for discovery that will lead them from the Earth's inner core to a daredevil Moon voyage that could save, or damn, us all.