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Posted April 20, 2012
Tau Ceti: Tortoise and Hare is a perfect example of how to write sci-fi. Whilst quite easy to overwhelm the reader with technical details of planetary systems, engineering marvels and the minutae of everything futuristic; what’s really needed is a solid story that uses the setting merely as atmosphere and guidance (see what I did there..). Chock full of political intrigue, corrupt ambition, but also hope, ingenuity and self-belief; the Novella carries the weight of the original slowship Beacon’s colonists with it as it finally nears Tau Ceti and the idealism of a fresh start. Pitted against this is the quicker march of mercenary control exercised by the powers still in control on Earth – tempered by one physicist’s humanity and his own hopes for a collective new beginning.
Kevin Anderson’s written countless bestsellers – and it shows in the craft on display here.
The sequel Novelette, Grasshopper and Ants, by Steven Savile, picks up as the combined colonists of the Beacon and the newer spacefarers of the Conquistador make landfall on Tau Ceti. Light Sickness marches through the colonists of the Conquistador, burning them up, and throwing plans for settled democracy and bold new terraforming of their new world into disarray. The old Dictator escapes Earth, set on rebuilding an Empire on Tau Ceti. Divided by fate, but joined by ancient bloodlines, the future hopes once again rest on co-operation and the same driving ingenuity that brought them to Tau Ceti. The cure, when it comes is both clever and poetic in its symmetry.
Tense but ultimately uplifting – it bookends the thrilling journey of exploration neatly, adding a new layer of character depth to the fabric of its prequel.
Posted January 15, 2012
Posted December 16, 2011
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