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by Chris Martin

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Far in the future, the merchant ships of the Space Trading Commission fleet travel the space lanes-
each on journeys of trade and exploration. As the Phoenix "falls through a crack in the sky" after completing one of its many n-space jumps, First Officer Jana Maines makes an astounding discovery.

Jana detects a derelict-a ghost ship from the


Far in the future, the merchant ships of the Space Trading Commission fleet travel the space lanes-
each on journeys of trade and exploration. As the Phoenix "falls through a crack in the sky" after completing one of its many n-space jumps, First Officer Jana Maines makes an astounding discovery.

Jana detects a derelict-a ghost ship from the forgotten past. Believing this to be an opportunity to advance her career and financially help her parents, Jana attempts to convince her captain that they should investigate, but he insists that they remain on course. Just as they are about to depart, however, a signal is received from the ship-and Jana's adventures begin!

A routine resupply run to a lonely desert world becomes complicated when more than one man expresses greater interest in her than her ship's cargo. While on a mission from an ocean world, she desperately tries to find a way to save millions of fish eggs critical to the survival of an entire planet.
Her encounters include an astonishingly ancient woman, a wealthy mystic, and a string of crusty, opinionated captains.

In a series of science fiction stories that span the far reaches of the universe, a courageous captain-in-training faces challenges that test her abilities to the limit as she strives to complete her missions.

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In Martin's collection of science-fiction stories, Lt. Jana Maines steers merchant ships of the Space Trading Commission through the fourth dimension, known as n-Space. When Maines spots a three centuries' old derelict--a forgotten spaceship--in deep space, she convinces her captain to give approval for an exploration mission. Good looks aside, Maines' charisma and unyielding fortitude are a byproduct of her desire to financially assist her family on the farming planet of Ceres. In most cases, Maines' obdurate nature lands her in precarious situations, but her self-confidence never wavers. A strong-willed female protagonist coupled with a realistic, developed portrayal of the fourth dimension is one of Martin's strengths, and his intriguing storyline, illustrations and innate ability to make foreign objects and places seem familiar accentuate the quality of his work. Integrating short stories, poetry and songs into Maines' odyssey, Martin provides insight into the lieutenant's purpose behind each mission, her life on Ceres with her family and her domineering father. Though a work of science fiction, Martin's focus transcends spaceships and deep-space transports; he explores the relationship between the lieutenant and her daunting, sometimes overbearing captains (who bear a strong resemblance to Maines' father), religious philosophy on the planet of Tachon and a light romance on Oceanus. However, Maines' attachment to her family and the pangs of loneliness permeate every story. Whether Maines is standing beside a dying woman on an ancient derelict in deep space, battling with a prophet who claims himself as God or trying to save millions of fish eggs crucial for the survival of a planet, Martin connects her exploits to her family. Amid the various side stories, readers may find it easy to skim over Martin's invented words and numerous technical and physics references to explain n-Space. To compensate, the author includes an in-depth glossary and notes at the end to enhance understanding of n-Space. While Maines' internal dialogue becomes excessive at points, this is a minor point considering the myriad positives the book offers. Martin's varied literary structure and assimilation of human emotions, fused with a fast-paced, imaginative storyline and realistic science fiction will leave audiences marveling over Maines' adventures in n-Space.

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N-Space 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
If it were possible, would you like to see various worlds in space? Jana Maines is a young woman who grew up on the grain-producing terraformed world Ceres but to escape an abusive relationship has joined the Space Trading Coalition as a pilot in training. The book, said to be didactic science fiction written tactfully from a Christian perspective, consists of ¿Stories, Poems, and Music of the Future.¿ There are three stories about Jana. In ¿The Derelict,¿ Jana is serving as First Officer aboard The Phoenix with Captain Rif Larkin. After completing an n-space jump on their run from carrying a load of copper from Freeman¿s World to the metal-poor planet of Katania, Jana discovers a ghost ship from the past. While investigating, she is reminded of an event from her younger days on Ceres that impressed upon her the importance of always telling the truth. In ¿The Prophet,¿ Jana and Captain Tred Lowe take The Pride of Europa with a load of routine supply cargo to Tachon III, a lonely desert world. She becomes the object of interest on the part of more than one man, including the young Port Authority Officer Harlin Herzog, and the mysterious ¿Prophet¿ who lives in the mountains. In ¿The Two-Hundred Million That Almost Got Away,¿ Jana and Captain Fesner in the Aegis pick up a cargo of tilapia eggs in a cryogenic state from the tropical world of Oceanus III for transport to the developing planet Blueworld. While on Oceanus she strikes up a friendship with dispatcher Bo Nylen, much to the chagrin of Fesner. Then on the way to Blueworld, she must try to find a way to keep the eggs from getting too warm and being destroyed due to a malfunction in the electrical system. This is made more difficult due to the adversarial relationship that has developed between her and the captain. Will these events keep her from being recommended for a command position? For many of my generation who were raised on Lost in Space and Star Trek and many of my children¿s generation who grew up with Star Wars and Battlestar Gallactica, the concept of travelling through space and visiting different planets is ¿fascinating¿ (to quote Mr. Spock). Unfortunately, a lot of the science fiction literature of this nature comes from a thoroughly humanistic background, so it¿s nice to read a futuristic space travel novel that presents a Biblical worldview. n-Space is divided into four parts. After the three stories about Jana, a poetry section contains several sagas with background material describing the universe of Jana Maines and some of the details of her early life. The ¿Technical Notes¿ section follows, giving explanations of interest to any ¿techies¿ who might want to know more about the scientific terms and concepts used in the stories. Finally, music is given to a couple of songs found in the book. There is really nothing objectionable, but with a single reference to prostitution, which Jana certainly opposes, and a few other situations that are more applicable to adults, it is probably not for small children. However, I deeply appreciate Jana¿s example of standing up for her faith, resisting worldly temptations, and maintaining self-control in the face of provocation. The book is well written and quite exciting to read.
SRS50 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the poems very much in n-Space. The Pearl was an introduction of Jana¿s family and how her heart was broken by her betrothed. Read this poem first to get a background of Jana¿s world. In Opportunity Lost, I appreciated Jana¿s character during a verbal conflict with a cheating space junk investor who not only wants to sell his tainted grainy fermentation to unknowing planet dwellers, but ridicules her for being an "Ice Maiden" because as he put it, she ¿never with a stranger sleeps.¿ The Wind is an inspiring poem depicting a healthy relationship between a father and inquisitive daughter while flying kites. (This poem should be a picture book in my opinion!) Read it aloud to younger children. Younger adults should read it for the science facts that they would gain