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Posted March 24, 2013
I really, really enjoyed this novella. Let me disclose up front, I am a huge Titanic buff. This is a double-edged sword when it comes to a novel or story drawn heavily upon Titanic. Because it’s possible we will love it, and equally possible we will hate it.
I loved it. The first chapter includes a scattering of people in the shuttle to the Nebula Dream who are all called upon later in the story, without being overwhelming. It also gives our hero, Nick Jameson something heroic to do. Yeah, heroes in action!
Nick’s love interest is a business executive named Mara Lyrae. Mara doesn’t have much to do in the first third, besides serve as eye candy, but she does prove to be a strong character and not a wilting violet by story’s end.
The world created here is very strong and well-drawn. I really enjoyed the Socialites, or ‘Lites, the equivalent of the Gilded Age millionaires of the Titanic era, the jetsetters of the 1950s, or the Kardashian and Hilton sisters of modern day. Right down to fashions and attitudes, although ‘Lite Twilka proves to be less shallow than most of her set.
I loved the inclusion of children - both as innocent victims to be saved, and as participants in their own rescue/salvation.
There are details that match or run parallel to those of the Titanic. For instance, in both ships, there are no lifeboat drills. In each ship, there is an officer McElroy; in the Nebula Dream, I believe he is the second officer, whereas in the Titanic, he was the Purser.
In others, there is a vast divergence. In the Titanic, there were dining salons, and lounges. In the nebula dream, the large gathering place is the casino. In the Titanic stories, Second Officer Lightoller believed the ship was sentient - and didn’t like its crew or passengers. On the Nebula Dream, there is an AI, a very young artificial intelligence, who actually cares for the passengers and crew, and is as eager to please as a little puppy. Obviously a spaceship cannot sink, but it can lose all its oxygen. And it can wander into unfriendly territory.
There was very little that put me off about this novella. Occasionally there were clichés, such as “the silence was deafening.” The action does not flag, the romance is perhaps a little uneven, but in the end, satisfying, and good triumphs in the end.
Posted March 12, 2013
I was not very impressed with Scott's "Priestess of the Nile" so I took a chance with "Wreck of the Nebula Dream." I am glad I did. Though a tad long-winded in places, it is nonetheless an exciting sf adventure filled with danger, narrow escapes, vile aliens, and noble heroes. The characters are fascinating, and the world-building excellent; I hope Scott returns to this fictional universe.
The romance is also very subtle and sweet. Readers who prefer straight sf to sfr should enjoy "Nebula Dream."
Recommended to fans of Linnea Sinclair and Zoe Archer. -- lyradora
Posted July 9, 2012