The Descent of Anansi

The Descent of Anansi

The Descent of Anansi is a 1982 science fiction novel by Steven Barnes and Larry Niven. (ISBN 0-8125-1292-8)


Plot summary

Plot setup

A space station-manufactury attempts to become commercially independent from its Government backers by exporting super-strong nanowire that can only be manufactured in free-fall.

Plot conflict

Following an attempt to sabotage their first delivery and high-jack the cargo, the intrepid crew realise they can escape the hijackers. Their shuttle Anansi can become a modern day version of its namesake, an African Spider-god... by descending to Earth on a thread.

Plot resolution

The physics of tidal forces are explained, and the possibilities of orbital tethers to accelerate payloads into higher orbits (or indeed de-orbit shuttles without retro-rockets) are woven into a hard science fiction thriller. The Anansi incident, Falling Angel, and other elements of the story are used as background in the Dream Park series, also written by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes - particularly The Barsoom Project, the second of the series.

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать курсовую

Look at other dictionaries:

  • The Mote in God's Eye —   …   Wikipedia

  • The Gripping Hand —   Author(s) Larry Niven Jerry Pournelle Country …   Wikipedia

  • The Magic Goes Away — is a fantasy short story written by Larry Niven in 1976, and later expanded to a novella of the same name which was published in 1978. While these works were not the first in the Magic Universe or Warlock series, they marked a turning point after …   Wikipedia

  • The Draco Tavern — by Larry Niven is a 2006 collection of science fiction short stories concerning the activities of Rick Schumann, the bartender of the Draco Tavern. Contents 1 Fictional background story 2 Publication information 3 Short stories included …   Wikipedia

  • Anansi — For other uses, see Anansi the Spider (disambiguation). Anansi (  /əˈn …   Wikipedia

  • Jamaica Anansi Stories — is a book by Martha Warren Beckwith published in 1924. It is a collection of folklore, riddles and transcriptions of folk music, all involving the trickster Anansi, gathered from Jamaicans of African descent. External links * [http://www.sacred… …   Wikipedia

  • Bahamas, The — officially Commonwealth of The Bahamas Archipelago and nation consisting of about 700 islands and numerous cays, northwestern edge of the West Indies, lying southeast of Florida and north of Cuba. Area: 5,386 sq mi (13,950 sq km). Population… …   Universalium

  • Dream Park — was originally a novel set in a sort of futuristic amusement park of the same name. The books describe a futuristic form of live action role playing games (LARPs), although the term was not in use when the original novel was published. The novels …   Wikipedia

  • Space shuttles in fiction — Even before the first space shuttle was launched, science fiction filmmakers were featuring the craft in their productions. The laws of physics have traditionally been no impediment to creativity, as some of the following demonstrate:On screenThe …   Wikipedia

  • Larry Niven — Laurence van Cott Niven (* 30. April 1938 in Los Angeles) ist ein US amerikanischer Science Fiction Schriftsteller, insbesondere der Romanzyklen der Kzin Kriege und Ringwelt. Inhaltsverzeichnis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”