The Daedalus Incident

The Daedalus Incident

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by Michael Martinez
     
 

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Mars is supposed to be dead... a fact Lt. Shaila Jain of the Joint Space Command is beginning to doubt in a bad way. Freak quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to

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Mars is supposed to be dead... a fact Lt. Shaila Jain of the Joint Space Command is beginning to doubt in a bad way. Freak quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself. Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty's Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents...and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. Across the Solar System and among its colonies—rife with plunder and alien slave trade—through dire battles fraught with strange alchemy, nothing much can shake his resolve. But events are transpiring to change all that. With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets—the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself. Set sail among the stars with this uncanny tale, where adventure awaits, and dimensions collide!

Editorial Reviews

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"Genre bending often come at great peril, but Martinez pulls it off with an assurance that makes all the pieces slot together perfectly."
—Buzzfeed.com, "The 14 Greatest Science Fiction Books of the Year" (2013)

"Martinez's debut is a triumph of genre-blending.... With a cast of superbly drawn characters, Martinez's title is a mesmerizing tale of two universes that briefly cross paths, leaving both worlds forever changed."
—Library Journal (starred review, SF/F Debut of the Month), included in Best Books 2013: SF/Fantasy end-of-year wrap-up

"...an ambitious and fun romp...entertaining and fun to read and despite its delays in publication, I hope it reaches its deserved audience, and that the author has the opportunity to explore the universe of the Daedalus, especially, much further."
—SFSignal

"A true genre bender. It mixes alchemy, quantum physics, and historical figures in ways you haven’t seen before. [...] adventurous, original, and a blast to read."
—Tor.com

Library Journal
In the 22nd century, a geological survey team working with Earth's second largest mining company encounters a series of freak ground quakes on the surface and in some of the mining caverns of Mars, normally a tectonically stable planet. With increasing frequency, the Martian terrain seems to be redesigning itself. Lt. Sheila Jain, heading the U.S./EU Joint Space Command crew caught up in the initial quake, finds an ancient journal exposed by the tremors that is writing itself. It is the diary of Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty's Royal Navy, who records his first voyage aboard the HMS Daedalus across the Void between the known worlds, including Mars. When a series of events sends Daedalus on a quest to track down a rogue mystic whose endeavors are upsetting the balance of the universe, Weatherby's familiar world begins to change. VERDICT Martinez's debut is a triumph of genre-blending, as steampunk adventure merges with modern space opera. With a cast of superbly drawn characters, Martinez's title is a mesmerizing tale of two universes that briefly cross paths, leaving both worlds forever changed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597804738
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
95,285
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Michael J. Martinez is the author of the Daedalus series, and is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Mike is a former journalist who, when not writing about sailing ships in space, enjoys cooking, homebrewing, and travel, along with all things geek. He lives with his wife and daughter in the greater New York City area.

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The Daedalus Incident 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MikeUnderwood More than 1 year ago
The Daedalus Incident is Master & Commander by way of Spelljammer smashed into a effortlessly believable 22nd century Martian mining project. Tremendous fun. Especially notable are the mystery elements in the Martian mining section and the marvelous sense of adventure in the naval section. Martinez has a clear, compelling prose style indicative of his journalistic history, which makes him able to adapt to both settings to give each a distinct feel.
Alebelly More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable. Masterfully executed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. I would definitely recommend it. Go, buy it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago