In Portal, our heroes are stranded on Europa after the events of Threshold. While they and the survivors from the Odin attempt to jury-rig a way to get home, they discover that General Hohenheim is still alive and work out a way to rescue him. (They are also making an effort to keep what happened more or less secret. There is a very real concern about further attempts at sabotage or murder from the enemies who instigated the events of the previous book.) Meanwhile, back on Earth, there is a growing suspicion that the accident wasn’t one. Continue reading
Category Archives: space exploration
I really like that Baen has been reprinting Andre Norton’s works (though there are times when I wonder why they chose the novels they did to combine into each of the omnibuses). This would almost be one of those times, except that I can kind of see the logic since both novels deal with adults (or near adults) who are responsible for the welfare of children in a dangerous situation. Dark Companion is the omnibus edition of Dark Piper and Dread Companion. This is my first time reading both of these books because I generally kept to her Witch World novels with only occasional forays into her science fiction. Continue reading
Variable Star is a novel based off of notes by Robert A. Heinlein and written by Spider Robinson. I generally have a strongly negative reaction to books written after the death of a writer, but this is one of the cases where I had a more or less positive reaction. Spider Robinson and Heinlein are a good fit for each other style-wise so this felt more like collaboration within a shared universe instead of *awkwardly written fan fiction the writer is being paid for. (This would be my general opinion of all of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Dune books.)
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Mother of Demons is one of my favorite books. The novel is a “braided timeline” style novel that tells the stories of a disparate group of people–human and alien–who become allies in a conflict with an enemy tribe. One timeline follows Nukurren, a mercenary currently serving as the body guard to a slave merchant. (This being the only job she can get since she is a “*pervert.”) One timeline follows the leader and followers of a religion that is currently being persecuted by the main religious institution of a city-state. Another timeline follows a young infanta of a barbarian tribe about to go into battle for the first time and who is desperate to save her tribe from an invading tribe of cannibals. Yet another timeline follows a struggling human colony that has been adopted by a dwindling and nearly extinct species related to the dominant intelligent species.
Braided timeline novels can be a little tricky to read since the timeline within each point of view tends not to be entirely concurrent. Continue reading
There is too much overcast to see the Supermoon, so have a voyage to the moon instead.
The sequel to Boundary finds the Ares crew getting ready to do a little more exploration, looking for new “Bemmie” bases in the solar system. This may be a somewhat difficult project, since the US is still fuming about the steps taken by Madeline Fathom to ensure that “fair play” would win the day. Funding has definitely become an issue, as well as logistics. Another matter of concern is elements within the European Union, who would like to have access to the next base found (and those same elements may be willing to engage in a little foul play in order to get that access.) Continue reading
For reasons fans of Baen’s Bar, the fan web board for Baen Books will be very familiar with, this book could be subtitled “The One Where Joe Buckley Doesn’t Die.” (Joe Buckley is the name of a fan who is frequently Tuckerized and “red shirted” by certain Baen authors as something of a running joke.) It could also be titled “Geeks Go to Mars on a Date and Paleontology Happens” for the number of characters who are hooked up and/or hitched by the end of the novel. (I consider this to be a selling point as the romances are well developed and very cute. Flint loves him some romance, and it’s apparent that his writing partner does too.) It’s a novel that combines space exploration themes with paleontology–two great tastes that turn out to taste great together. Continue reading