Allen, Roger MacBride
Title The Ring Of Charon: The First Book Of The Hunted Earth.
Book Condition Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).
Edition First trade hardcover edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher Orbit: London. 1991.
0356201201 / 9780356201207
Seller ID 01294
SF novel, the sequel was THE SHATTERED SPHERE (1993). First published as a Tor paperback original in 1990.
''...potentially more interesting than any of these titles is the Hunted Earth sequence, comprising THE RING OF CHARON (1990) and The Shattered Sphere (1993). After the passing of a beam of phased gravity-waves - a new human invention - has awakened a long dormant semi-autonomous being embedded deep within the Moon, the Earth is shunted via Wormhole to a new solar system dominated by a multifaceted culture occupying a Dyson Sphere. The remnants of humanity must work out - over the course of the second volume - where Earth is while countering, or coming to terms with, the attempted demolition of the solar system to make a new sphere. Although the human cultures described in the first volume are unimaginatively presented, the exuberance of Allen's large-scale plotting (and thinking) made Hunted Earth one of the touchstone galactic epics of the early 1990s, though it did not prefigure the more daunting complexities of work by writers like Dan Simmons. Indeed, some sense that Allen had lost some interest in the more challenging implications of the Space Opera form he had honourably contributed to may be seen in a succession of Ties [see Checklist below] which occupied much of his time in the 1990s'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF, 3rd Edition).