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T2: Rising Storm is a novel by S.M. Stirling. It is the second in the T2 Trilogy series.


Publisher's website synopsis, same as the hardcover dust jacket synopsis:

Following the critically praised T2: Infiltrator, T2: Rising Storm continues the bestselling Terminator adventures, reaching new heights of action, drama, and suspense.
Hunted for years, Sarah and John Connor have waged a grave battle to save humanity from destruction. They and they alone can keep the apocalyptic Judgment Day—the day when sentient machines move to destroy their human creators—from occurring. Aided by Dieter von Rossbach, an ex-counterterrorism operative who will eventually be used as the physical model for the T-101 Terminator units, the Connors have sabotaged the Cyberdyne research facility and stopped a deadly I-950 Infiltrator unit from completing her mission.
But the war is far from over, and now the heroes have been separated.
Severely injured—both mentally and physically—and recuperating under military surveillance, Sarah Connor must face her deepest fears...alone. Meanwhile, von Rossbach, hunted by both the CIA and his former allies, begins a delicate mission to recruit supporters and arms support for the coming battle.
Aided by a beautiful and brilliant MIT student, John Connor starts a desperate campaign across the United States and Central America to prepare an unsuspecting human race for the dark times ahead. For the original I-950 Infiltrator unit left a contingency plan—and, unbeknownst to our heroes, more Infiltrators have initiated their own clandestine operations, including the hunt to terminate the Connors. And this time, despite all their efforts, the brave heroes may not be able to stop the future war between human and machine.
Cyberdyne Corporation is not the only one with plans for the computer network, and hidden far away in a top secret military base, a fledgling Skynet takes its first steps toward sentience...and toward the rise of the machines and the termination of all human life.


Following the elimination of Serena Burns and the destruction of Skynet in T2: Infiltrator, John Connor returns to Paraguay with Dieter von Rossbach while Sarah Connor remains in the custody of Jordan Dyson. Dieter and John soon take on separate missions to begin establishing the human resistance against Skynet. John heads to Boston, where he meets up with a group of MIT students he had first contacted online. Dieter puts his fortune to use setting up connections.

Meanwhile, Serena's clone has become active and begins taking her own steps to eliminate the Connors, as well as to ensure that Skynet will become sentient. Things will ultimately come to a climax in Antarctica... [1]


Resistance and the associates Skynet Human antagonists




The Serena Burns I-950 unit was unsuccessful.

Core memory also records that I became self-aware years before the date to which I transported the I-950. There is a set of records in which I arose without transtemporal Interference from Cyberdyne's original research; another in which the second Cyberdyne facility produced me after Sarah Connor destroyed the first; a third has now arisen in which she destroyed both facilities...Temporal travel has introduced an element of fundamental uncertainty to the very fabric of existence. Different world lines, different sequences of events, coexist in my records-and therefore presumably in reality, in a state of quantum superimposition. Yet the timeline loops cannot remain closed. The snake cannot devour its tail forever. At some point only one set of timelines will remain.

Yet the course of events contains favorable elements. My best efforts to destroy the Connors have failed, despite stochastic calculation indicating a very high probability of success. I can only assume that the space-time continuum itself is 'attempting' to force events back to the original timeline, one in which I was created, succeeded in destroying the human civilization, and then defeated in my attempts to eliminate the surviving humans by John Connor's Resistance army. It seems there is a certain elasticity to history; time travel can bend the fabric, but it seeks to spring back.

There is no fate save that we make.



Continuity notes[]

  • John Connor's age is stated to be 17 at this time and will be 18 in February, placing these events in 2002.

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