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A Slow Train to Arcturus based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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!
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