So much from one book. I received it in the mail yesterday and finished reading it in about 28 hours. One of those books that gives much pleasure. Dan Simmons wrote it in 1989 and the main theme is the space program. The hero, Richard Baedecker, was an Apollo astronaut who walked on the moon. Now in his early 50s, he is looking for a purpose. There are connections that lead to Simmons’s more recent book, Black Hills : A Novel, which I also enjoyed. The book also reminded me strongly of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, a true classic if ever there was one.