Red Thunder

Red Thunder

by John Varley

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“The heart-pounding space race is on . . . in this riveting SF thriller” from the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of Red Lightning and Rolling Thunder (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
As Chinese and US spacecraft compete to be the first to land on Mars, a former astronaut, his cousin, and four teens from Florida decide to take matters into their own hands. If they can quickly build their own space-worthy ship using scrap metal, appliances, and power tools, they have a chance to come from behind—thanks to an inventive new power source that can propel them to the Red Planet within three days. No guts, no glory . . .
“Varley’s great strength is in his characterizations, but in Red Thunder he also shows a strong sense of place. . . . If you are willing to simply fantasize about fleeing your office cubicle and becoming a heroic space explorer, this novel will fulfill your wishes.” —The Washington Post
“Fast paced . . . Engaging characters.” —Rocky Mountain News
“Full of little gems of wit and intelligence.” —Booklist
“[A] fun-filled adventure. Varley matches a serious literary style with an outrageous plot, and he’s one of the few writers in the field who could make it work.” —Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504063432
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 09/22/2020
Series: The Thunder and Lightning Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 413
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

John Varley is the author of the Gaea Trilogy (Titan, Wizard, and Demon), the Thunder and Lightning Series (Red Thunder, Red Lightning, Rolling Thunder, and Dark Lightning), Steel Beach, The Golden Globe, Mammoth, and many more novels. He has won both Nebula and Hugo Awards for his short fiction, and his short story “Air Raid” was adapted into the film Millennium. Varley lives in Vancouver, Washington. For more information, visit

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"Dedicated to the master of such topical tomorrows, Robert Heinlein."—Science Fiction Weekly

"Superior science fiction."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"The heart-pounding space race is on! [A] riveting SF thriller...with hilarious, well-drawn characters, extraordinary situations presented plausibly, plus exciting action and adventure."—Publishers Weekly

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