Kevin J. Anderson has penned over a hundred novels, 48 of which have become bestsellers; he has more than 23 million copies of his works in print. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Saga of Seven Suns series and has teamed with Brian Herbert (son of Frank Herbert) to write 13 books set in the Dune universe.
Tau Cetiby Kevin J. Anderson, Steven Savile
But Earth has recovered from its near-death experience and is now under the control of a ruthless
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Jorie Taylor has lived her whole life on the generation ship Beacon. Fleeing an Earth tearing itself apart from its exhaustive demand for resources, the Beacon is finally approaching Sarbras, the planet circling Tau Ceti they hope to make humanity's new home.
But Earth has recovered from its near-death experience and is now under the control of a ruthless dictator whose sights are set on Tau Ceti as well. President Jurudu knows how to get what he wants--and he wants Sarbras.
With Sequel Novelette by Steven Savile
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Goo read. Hoping for more.
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.
Two independant stories set in the same universe, complementing each other. Nice hard SF and the two blend nicely.