The Third Thaw

The Third Thaw

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Mankind forced to relocate to a different habitable environment, light years from Earth. A group of young people on a distant planet who must re-establish human civilization. A fantastical yet realistic world based on plausible technological developments. A power-mad egomaniac determined to destroy anyone who gets in his way. This is The Third Thaw, a hard science fiction novel that presents a radically different strategy for planet colonization, one within the grasp of present technologies.

In a settlement called New Eden, live a group of teens known as the Third Thaw. They come from Earth, conceived there and sent as frozen embryos on a rocket ship to this planet twenty-six light years away, a journey that lasted 80,000 years.

When they reach the age of twenty-one, after being thoroughly and specifically educated for their future tasks, the Third Thaw must leave New Eden to assist with colonizing a larger, permanent settlement on the planet.

After the First and Second Thaws fail to complete their expeditions, it's up to the Third Thaw to succeed and save civilization.

As the highly-trained expedition party heads out to fulfill their tasks, they encounter life-threatening obstacles in their way, many of which challenged the Thaws that preceded them.

Not the least of these is a group broken off from a German colony sent from Earth years earlier. This group and their leader, Ulrich, believe they are evolved beyond ordinary humans.

Ulrich, along with his supercomputer "Genius," is determined to destroy the Third Thaw. And anyone else who threatens to stop him.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 472g
  • English
  • 1947966081
  • 9781947966086

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"The Third Thaw was clearly a labor of love for Hanson. He was constantly piquing my curiosity in unpredictable ways...The events he depicted saved humanity from extinction, and the technology-based solutions were incredibly creative. There is no way a reader would be able to start this book and know how it ends." --Windy City Reviews

"The author's use of real science coupled with outstanding fiction makes this novel an indescribable success....The premise for the story is unique and original. I have never read anything like it....The world building is remarkable and exciting. The writing is fluid and perfectly penned with a clear concise voice. It's such an interesting idea for a story. Highly recommended!" -Artisan Book Reviews

"I recommended it to my accelerated 8th grade students as a great storyline with accurate science information explained in a relatively easy way. Sometimes it gets a little complicated, but it is sound." -Marie Schuh, science teacher
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