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Bootstrap Colony

Bootstrap Colony

3.5 41
by Chris Hechtl
The earth was doomed. That is what the aliens had warned him a year ago. It wasn't like it was anything new, mankind had always
been teetering on the edge of extinction.
But when aliens visit, you listened. They gave him and nine thousand nine hundred and ninety nine other people a year to prepare before they are transplanted to another world. Mitch didn't


The earth was doomed. That is what the aliens had warned him a year ago. It wasn't like it was anything new, mankind had always
been teetering on the edge of extinction.
But when aliens visit, you listened. They gave him and nine thousand nine hundred and ninety nine other people a year to prepare before they are transplanted to another world. Mitch didn't even consider going to the media or the government, they would have laughed him right into an asylum. No, Mitch knew he would have to do it the hard way, pull mankind up by the bootstraps.

Bootstrap colony.

Editorial Reviews

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/300426564 - Ken Foster
Needs a little more editing but a very good concept and would love to see in a series !!

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Wandering Engineer Series
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Meet the Author

Born in a small town in Maine, the author moved to sunny California in 1990. He has been an avid sci-fi reader and 3D modeler and is now exploring the wonderful world of writing science fiction. This is his first (of many) books with more to come!

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Bootstrap Colony 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Ian_Laughlin More than 1 year ago
Decent story, great plot line, but poor writing and grammar. Once you get past the misspelled words and the constant useage of he, it is an enjoyable story.
ckennedy More than 1 year ago
The story is excellent, but could use some copy editing. If you are able to look past the changing tense and alternating use of first, second, and third person, you will enjoy this book. The hero of the story is visited by aliens who tell him that in a year he and 9,999 other humans will be transported to an "Earth Reserve" because of an impending asteroid impact. Our hero just happens to be very good with numbers and had won the lottery and did well with the stock market. He also happens to be a fan of sci-fi (especially Star Trek), and had already formed multiple companies with the proceeds of his lottery winnings. He takes the warning seriously. Very seriously. On the day the aliens show up to transport him and the others they discover our hero waiting in the middle of a field with over 400 trailer loads of gear. Everything from solar panels, hydrogen powered hybrid vehicles, an RV, androids, defense robots that could level a small mountain, farm animals, portable greenhouses, factories, gene banks, road building equipment, up to the Kitchen sink, lots of them. He has brought enough to rebuild modern civilization from the ground up. The aliens complain about the amount of material, but transport it all to the reserve, then leave. Due to our hero's excessive load the aliens drop him by himself rather than with one of the other groups of refugees. Our hero goes about starting the program the experts back on Earth who worked for him had designed for optimum survival. Unfortunately the other refugees either thought they dreamt the whole thing, or didn't have enough money to purchase survival gear, as the aliens would only transport things that they wholly owned. If you were paying on a loan then it didn't go with you. Our hero had even sent survival packs to everyone he could identify ahead of time to better prepare them. Except, this is the "Earth Reserve" and the aliens have been around a long time. They even saved the inhabitants of the Earth from the last asteroid bombardment. Sometimes even being a well prepared billionaire with the best of modern technology simply can't prepare you for Dinosaurs.
Rich_Waugh More than 1 year ago
By the third paragraph, I was aware that this book had never been copy edited, and I wasn’t sure that I would be able to continue reading. I decided, however, to persevere and see if there was a good story to be found. The answer, some three hundred difficult pages along, is…maybe later. Let me explain: In reading this story, the all-too-frequent changes in tense and point of view were terrible distractions; these and spelling, usage and syntactical errors abound. Had I been reading this for editing, I’d have consumed at least two red pencils, maybe more. Sadly, these could all have been corrected in one reading by any editor. Hence my conviction that no editing was ever done. Looking past all that, (difficult though it was), I was left wondering just what type of book this was supposed to be. The setup and setting seemed to lend themselves to an adventure story, but nowhere did I find the requisite major and minor conflicts called for by that genre. This is less a story, more nearly a journal, of the first three years in the life of a space colony. Given the setup of humans enduring forced relocation by aliens to an Earth-analog planet I expected to find some standard plot devices such as persistent sabotage actions by an unwilling conscript or interference by outside forces to generate a major conflict for our protagonist to overcome. And a number of minor conflicts to provide momentum and to set up situations to allow the characters to flesh out their personalities. The conflicts simply were not there though, so character development suffered. None of the characters, including the protagonist, ever managed to rise above two-dimensions because they weren't forced to. To the end, they remained shallow sketches, not real people. Good stories are character-driven and dimensionless characters make poor drivers. What we end up with is a serial recounting of mostly mundane happenings in an improbable setting. The author has provided many of the elements of a good story; he just never gets around to telling it. I kept waiting for the plot to be introduced and unfold, but it turned out there wasn’t a plot, per se. And that’s a shame, because most everything else is there, just waiting to be brought together into a good story through the simple device of having obstacles to overcome to reach a goal. Instead, it reads like a travelogue. It is unfortunate that this book was published without going through the process of editing and reviewing by a publisher. A commercial publisher demands that a book be marketable. If this manuscript had been submitted to a publisher, it would have been returned for editing and the inclusion of a plot line. I’m sure the author could have, with more effort and some guidance, come up with a suitable plot line and appropriate conflicts for the protagonist and supporting cast to resolve in order to make this a really good story. Any competent editor could have cleaned up all the grammar, spelling, tense and syntactical errors that the writer’s spell checker missed, though if he charged by the word the cost might well get prohibitive. Yes, there were that many. In short, there is much of what is necessary there to make a good story. The meat is there; it is the skeleton that is missing. I would hope that the author would pull this book from the market, fix what is wrong or missing and then bring it back. It could be good – it just isn’t in its present state.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On the positive side the basic story and plot was kind of interesting. However there were a number of negatives that some of the other reviewers and even the author acknowledge - needs a solid edit, terrible grammer (eg often mixed use of tense in a singke sentence), reads like it was dictated via a program, and excessive use of 'he' when talking about the main character for the first third. Some other issues i had with the book are the treatment and views of women are out of the 1950's at best. In a colony were there are not enough men the women just seem to turn into lesbians 'for comfort' or hapily share men around. A female dominated society is established and torn down as unworkable in practice (aside from being run by a crazed fanatical dominatrix who enslaves teenage boys and kills the men). The main character Mitch is perhaps meant to be portrayed as a humble genius but he comes across as patronizing and condascending - especially when he explains some of the 'basic facts' to all the ignorant people around. The first third of the book also reads like a narrative of someone playing a computer game where the have to unpack stuff, build fences, find resources, buikd machinery, tend stock etc... So if you can either overlook or don't have a problem with these flaws itmay be OK for $1 but there is other better stuff out there in my view. Bob
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good storyline but the editing is REALLY lame. It would be a really good read if it was Revised (spelling and word usage----- for instance gross is not spelled grouse,just one of many errors of that sort.) Was this "written" using a word to speech program?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book and author show great potential. The story begs for a follow up book or two. BUT. PLEASE have your manuscript edited and reviewed. Then I could give it 5stars! Reminds me of the Harry Harrison trilogy, Deathworld. Hone your craft and you could be up their with the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes there are some typos...get over it. Great book
brightonlarry More than 1 year ago
The grammar is horrible. Why didn't the author use a proof reader and/or an editor? I liked the story, but, this should never have been published without further work.
Sam Bassett More than 1 year ago
The book is well-written, with good plotting and characterization. Spelling, phrasing, and word choice need a lot of work by a good Copy Editor, however.
icetiger More than 1 year ago
an excellent story, yes it does need some editing, but as a first effort of self publishing, it is pure gold.  It has led me to read everything else the author has written, I cannot think of much higher praise then that.  In a world where most publishers want as much for an epub book as for the actual printed one an author who has the courage to put out good work (the story at least)  and for reasonable cost is  worthy of standing ovation.
redbookwyrm More than 1 year ago
Great story well told.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...and it's a wonder that one man has so much energy to accomplish so much in so little time. BUT, the number of typographical and syntax errors made the book difficult to read. I got the impression that this book was essentially self published. I don't have a problem with that, but the author should have taken more tome to proofread his product before submitting to distribution. However, that said, I would consider purchasing more of this author's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frist of all even with the bad grammer i love this story, so i give it 5 stars. I love it so much i read it over and over. I wish the author, or any author, would write more books with this theme. Thank you for writing this one !!!!!!
housedavo More than 1 year ago
very good book. little disconnected but good story
DJM-Indiana More than 1 year ago
Great story, but I'm finding a lot of authors need another proof reader / copy editor. At least in SciFi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wonder if English is a second language for this author. The sentence structure was painful to read. There were so many singular/plural and present/past tense mistakes  that I wonder if anyone even edited this work. Might not be a bad story, but I couldn't get past the amateur style
bdfcanhtho More than 1 year ago
He snorted This a good story, original, poorly edited and everyone seems to snort after they say something. But this is a good story he snorted.
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Written in screenplay format has action & suspence
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Spelling errors atrocious grammar Nnot one of the keepers I stopped at p.30
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No good to read for anyone who speaks proper English as most of the grammar and spelling is so bad it is distracting.
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