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The human race was no more.
The warship grappled with the enormity of this harsh fact as its sensors continued to display the expanding debris field that had once been humanity. It searched its massive knowledgebase for some kind of reference, some kind of indication, as to what action it should perform now, now that its creators were no more. But life was still new to the ship and in the end it simply logged the time and place of the historic event.
The 'M' ship turned to leave.
Its dark hull shimmered and then took on a glowing, reddish outline, backlighted by the nearby star. Its unique profile-shaped like a manta ray but without a tail-gleamed against the stygian darkness of space.
Within milliseconds of its maneuver, the ship discerned that there was one last duty she could perform for the extinct race: a brief, final message that had arrived unexpectedly from the midst of the glowing destruction.
Inside her silent corridors three children hid from the dangerous universe outside. They were the last three members of the human race and the message concerned them.
The ship would provide for their needs. Her holds were well stocked with the supplements humans needed to survive. She would also protect them from the T'kaan. This, of course, was her primary programming: To search out and destroy the T'kaan ships of war. She was most proficient in this task, for she had never been defeated. Yes, she would protect the children until they reached maturity. Then they could... The ship pondered the next logical succession. Well, she would have time to search her massive knowledgebase to determine what the mostoptimum course would be when the children reached adulthood.
The warship leaped with a flash into hyperspace.
Weeks passed as the ship sailed through the emptiness of space and she soon found that the small humans did not adhere to logical actions. They puzzled her immensely.
But the warship wondered most of all when the children began calling her 'Mother.'
Copyright © 2002 by Anthony Wages
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tony has written an overall enjoyable book. Fairly predictable and not a lot of character development, besides the AI, but Mothership is a short read so I wasn't expecting anything more. After reading the opening you can figure out what is going to happen in the story. The good part is how it unfolds. The characters aren't exactly anything special and fairly typical - one jock, one intellectual and one that binds the group together. As some others have said - the story is a little cliche, but it worked for me. Hope my first book is this good.EPPIE and Clara Award Winner.
Any reader who loves suspense and action will find a full quota of both in 'MotherShip.' A dying Earth creates a spaceship with an artifical intelligence mind to save the last three humans. Teenagers Kyle, Becky, and Jaric must mature in a hurry to deal with the powerful, vicious T'kaan race. The T'kaan warlords have ravaged the galaxy in their frenzied pursuit of the final humans. It's a battle to the death, and the ending, although many wouldn't call it 'happy,' should satisfy readers of this fast-paced first novel by Tony Chandler. Don't open this book at bedtime if you value your sleep.
'MotherShip' is a page-turner with fascinating characters, fantastic technology, romance, a compelling plot, and lots of furious deep-space battles. I'm hoping this is only Book One of a series!
Winner of a Clara Award and well deserving of a read! I don't read much science fiction these days. It's either too high tech for me or it's the same ole story told again...and again...and again. I began reading science fiction at a very young age, starting out with the masters like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein, and then moving on to enjoy later writers like David Brin and Orson Scott Card. I like 'fresh' science fiction that I can understand and relate to, and usually, that calls for more emphasis on character and relationships. Oh, and I like to be able to laugh occasionally during the read. MotherShip gave me all of that: laughter, endearing characters, and moving relationships. The story is fast moving, keeps your interest peaked, and though at times you wonder 'WHY did they do THAT?!'...later on, you will ultimately respond, 'OH YEA, that makes sense! Good show!' The story, in a nutshell, starts out rather like a cliche: Earth is destroyed, only a handful of survivors make it out, and their chances are pretty slim for continuing the race. Enter MotherShip. No, not the book, the SHIP! A ship with 'artificial intelligence' that becomes, in many ways, the children's mother. Their quests and adventures, under MotherShip's watchful gaze, are absolutely incredible. You will LOVE the female energy of MotherShip, her ability to 'understand' and 'sense' what the children need, and her undying loyalty to ensure their survival. In a way, MotherShip is the only remnant left of the female, maternal energy that we all know and call Mother Earth or Gaia. And yes, MotherShip, in addition to being one of the pioneers in a new genre of classic science fiction, does have a message as well, and it's a universtal one: a Mother's love never dies.