Slow Train to Arcturus

Slow Train to Arcturus

by Eric Flint, Dave Freer
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Slow Train to Arcturus by Eric Flint, Dave Freer

First Time in Paperback. Space Adventure from a Best-Selling Writing Team.

The planet Miran had sent a spaceship to rendezvous with the enormous vessel that was approaching their star system. The vessel’s design was odd—a multitude of separate globular habitats in a framework—and most of the alien team that entered one of the habitats were slaughtered by savage creatures called “humans.” One alien had barely managed to escape to another habitat where the humans were more friendly, if rather technologically backward. But he needed to get back to his spaceship, and he would need one human’s help to do that.
They would have to travel through several more habitats, each one isolated from the other, each with its own bizarre dangers and customs. And friendliness toward strangers was not one of those customs. . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476736655
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,009,508
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eric Flint is a popular star of SF and fantasy. His 1632, which launched the New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series, sold out in hardcover almost immediately, followed by multiple printings in paperback. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by SF Chronicle as a best novel of the year. He currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.
Dave Freer, author of The Forlorn and the critically acclaimed A Mankind Witch and of many articles in scientific journals, is an expert on sharks and an accomplished rock climber, a wine-taster, a chef and was an unwilling conscript in the “undeclared” South African-Angolan War. With Eric Flint he has co-authored Rats, Bats & Vats, The Rats, the Bats & the Ugly, Pyramid Power and Pyramid Scheme. He has also collaborated with Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint in a sweeping alternate history-fantasy set in the Renaissance. The first two books in the series, The Shadow of the Lion and This Rough Magic have been enthusiastically received by critics and readers. The trio have also produced a sequel to James H Schmitz’s classic The Witches of Karres, The Wizard of Karres. Freer lives in KwaZulu, with his wife Barbara, two sons, and far too many dogs and cats.

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A Slow Train to Arcturus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Scuzzzy More than 1 year ago
I love anything written by Dave Freer! Dave had me hooked from the first when I read Pyramid Scheme years ago. Dave is one of those rare writers that can write in many different styles and Genres, from Humor to Hard Science Fiction. Slow Train to Arcturus falls into the latter category, however, it is not a dry read. It is a true page turner of the finest kind! Mr. Freer weaves humor and hard science effortlessly together in this tale from the mankind's distant future. It is an excellent read, and I too agree with Mr. Freer, we need to get back to exploring space, Up close and personal like!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the humongous weird looking vessel entered their system, leaders of planet Miren become concerned. They send a ship filled with scientists and other researchers to investigate the encroaching craft with its strange massive bubble-like habitats.----------- Upon entering an orb, humans inside attack the alien visitors from Miren. Most of the outsiders are killed as they are not soldiers and the ship's residents are insane berserkers. Miren xenobiologist Kretz escapes the slaughter by entering a different biosphere containing other humans, friendlier but unhelpful as they do not have the means to get him to his vessel. Kretz realizes quickly to get back to his ship and eventually Miren, he must pass through several of these contained circular environments filled with humans at different stages of development many hostile towards his species.------------ This is a fun often humorous outer space opera. The story line is hyper fast and filled with non stop action, but that is a two edged sword because the plot never goes deep into the various groups that the Miren meet or the purpose of the multi habitat spacecraft. Still this is an engaging tale with the neat twist of the humans entering the alien specie sector with hostility that pulp space opera fans will enjoy.--------------- Harriet Klausner