Home Fires

Home Fires

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Baker & Taylor
Chelle and Skip have been separated by Chelle's tour of duty in a war against aliens from distant solar systems. They find their relationship complicated by time differentials that cause an injured and war-weary Chelle to age only a few months while Skipreaches his forties.

McMillan Palgrave
Gene Wolfe takes us to a future North America at once familiar and utterly strange. A young man and woman, Skip and Chelle, fall in love in college and marry, but she is enlisted in the military, there is a war on, and she must serve her tour of duty before they can settle down. But the military is fighting a war with aliens in distant solar systems, and her months in the service will be years in relative time on Earth. Chelle returns to recuperate from severe injuries, after months of service, still a young woman but not necessarily the same person—while Skip is in his forties and a wealthy businessman, but eager for her return.

Still in love (somewhat to his surprise and delight), they go on a Caribbean cruise to resume their marriage. Their vacation rapidly becomes a complex series of challenges, not the least of which are spies, aliens, and battles with pirates who capture the ship for ransom. There is no writer in SF like Gene Wolfe and no SF novel like Home Fires.


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Marrying after college only to be separated by Chelle’s tour of duty in a war against aliens from distant solar systems, Chelle and Skip find their relationship further complicated by time differentials that cause an injured and war-weary Chelle to age only a few months while Skip reaches his 40s.
Marrying after college only to be separated by Chelle's tour of duty in a war against aliens from distant solar systems, Chelle and Skip find their relationship further complicated by time differentials that cause an injured and war-weary Chelle to age only a few months while Skip reaches his forties.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765328182
Branch Call Number: WOL
SCIENCE FICTION
Characteristics: p. cm

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GeoffAbel Mar 26, 2012

A limp outing by an otherwise outstanding author. Started out extremely promising but gradually became uninteresting.

djdevri65 Mar 28, 2011

Very Heinleinesque with enough Wolfe touches to make it original.

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