Antares Dawn

Antares Dawn

by Michael McCollum

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When the supergiant star Antares exploded in 2512, the human colony on Alta found their pathway to the stars gone, isolating them from the rest of human space for more than a century.

When a powerful warship materializes in the system without warning, the commanders of the Altan Space Navy are alarmed. They dispatch one of Alta’s most powerful ships to investigate, only to discover the unknown behemoth is battered and helmed by a dead crew.

This is disturbing news for the Altans as the defeated battleship would have easily defeated the whole of the Altan navy on it’s own. And if that ship was able to stumble into the Altan system, so too could the force responsible for its destruction. Something must be done.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625674319
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Series: Antares Trilogy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 12,949
File size: 611 KB

About the Author

Michael McCollum was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1946, and is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he majored in aerospace propulsion and minored in nuclear engineering. He is employed at Honeywell in Tempe, Arizona, where he is Chief Engineer in the valve product line. In his career, Mr. McCollum has worked on the precursor to the Space Shuttle Main Engine, a nuclear valve to replace the one that failed at Three Mile Island, several guided missiles, the International Space Station, and virtually every aircraft in production today. He was involved in an effort to create a joint venture company with a major Russian aerospace engine manufacturer and has traveled extensively to Russia.In addition to his engineering, Mr. McCollum is a successful professional writer in the field of science fiction. He is the author of a dozen pieces of short fiction and has appeared in magazines such as Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, Amazing, and Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine. His novels (all published by Ballantine, Del Rey) include A Greater Infinity, Life Probe, Procyon's Promise, Antares Dawn, and Antares Passage. His novel, Thunderstrike!, was optioned by a Hollywood production company for a possible movie. His other books include The Clouds of Saturn and The Sails of Tau Ceti. His latest books, Gibraltar Earth, Gibraltar Sun, Gibraltar Stars and Antares Victory, were published for the first time anywhere at Sci Fi - Arizona, and Third Millennium Publishing. Several of these books have subsequently been translated into Japanese, German, Russian, and English (as opposed to American).Mr. McCollum is the proprietor of Sci Fi - Arizona, one of the first author-owned-and-operated virtual bookstores on the Internet. He is also the operator of Third Millennium Publishing (, a web site dedicated to providing publication services to author/publishers on the INTERNET. Mr. McCollum is married to a lovely lady named Catherine, and has three children: Robert, Michael, and Elizabeth. Robert is a financial analyst for a computer company in Massachusetts. He is married to Patty, who once licked the big salt crystal in the Boston Museum of Science. Michael is a computer specialist. Half a decade ago, he was a Military Police Specialist with the Arizona National Guard. He found the promise of “one weekend a month and two weeks a year” to have been optimistic in the post-September 11th world. He went on a year-long camping trip at government expense to a garden spot somewhere between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, from which he returned safe and sound. Elizabeth is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and married to Brock. They live in Washington, D.C.

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Antares Dawn 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Bryan Harris More than 1 year ago
I very much enjoyed this futuristic space drama, though at times the age of the novel showed. Older science fiction always makes computers look like the silly primitive things they were in those days. It makes the suspension of disbelief tough. Otherwise, it was a well written story. I bought the next book in the series and can't wait to read it.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved the story development with good characters and adventures in the stars. Th military sci fi is easy to follow and takes twists and some predictable turns
TomWaitsTables on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It reads like a first novel. The plot focused on the wrong things and rambled on in some parts that should have been trimmed down or cut. The dialogue was clipped. It didn't reveal anything about the characters; there was no subtext. It wasn't bad for a first novel. It has a good idea; and a lot was invested in it. And he really did research it, try to make it hard sf. but i didn't enjoy it. I probably won't read another Michael McCollum novel, unless I have nothing else to read. and it won't be the sequel, Antares Passage. It just seemed so lazy; anyone who knows me that i like sf, even bad sf. what i can't stand is lazy sf. or lazy anything.Antares Dawn is about a colony that was cut off from the rest of the human hegemony for about 100 or so years. Or 300 years; I don't really remember and it diesn;t matter. Then an Earth battlecruiser comes through the system, with obvious signs of battle damage. the battlecruiser is so much more advanced than anything they have that it seems invincible, and the scary thing is whatever it is in the black that was able to destroy it. Imagine the cargo cult, those Stone Age tribes in the Pacific suddenly introduced to the rest of the world when the Americans and Japanese suddenly begin waging war in their isolated little island. That was the premise, an idea that held so much promise. Instead, Antares Dawn got sidetracked into a long, needless lecture about a nova, and there were whole chapters that could've been reduced to a few sentences. It was just so . . . Hopefully McCollum got better as he wrote. Antares Dawn was too bland for me to recommend it.
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