WE ARE NOT ALONE, AND WE’RE ABOUT TO MEET OUR NEIGHBORS
After more than a hundred years of space travel, a stray radio signal indicates the possibility that alien life might exist. The crew of the Désirée has no training in interstellar diplomacy and a minor dispute turns to disaster that could escalate into a full scale war.
Can the bond formed between two very different friends be strong enough to bridge their differences and save their people? Come along in this first book in the StarBridge Series in an exciting journey across the stars in a desperate gamble to save both their worlds.
PRAISE FOR THE STARBRIDGE SERIES
“This is the type of rousing adventure story which Heinlein made so popular a generation ago…Excellent!” — Andre Norton
“An interesting supporting cast of aliens and a strong theme of understanding and acceptance among races” — Booklist
“A great success…An adventure novel with some thought in it!” — Vonda N. McIntyre
“Crispin’s aliens are a diverse and fascinating lot…She’ll be the leading candidate for the title of the ‘the Norton of the 1990s!’” — Dragon Magazine
BOOKS IN THE STARBRIDGE SERIES
Book 1: StarBridge - Earth discovers they are not the only sentient beings in the universe and their first contact turns deadly in an unfortunate turn of events.
Book 2: Silent Dances - Deaf since birth, Tesa is the perfect ambassador to the alien Grus whose sonic cries can kill. Has earth made its own discovery of a new sentient species?
Book 3: Shadow World - A young man learns how to cope with death from a golden-eyed race of beings with tragically short lives.
Book 4: Serpent’s Gift - A young girl creates a mind-link with the StarBridge computer, and a series of deadly accidents threatens all life on the asteroid.
Book 5: Silent Songs - Amphibious beings from a distant world land on the planet Trinity, threatening the native creatures and the StarBridge ambassadors.
Book 6: Ancestor’s World - When a member of an archeological team on the planet Na-Dina is brutally murdered, Mahree Burroughs arrives to find the killer, no matter the cost.
Book 7: Voices of Chaos - The feline beings known as Arrekhi have requested admission into the Cooperative League of Systems, but they are harboring a secret that could have deadly consequences.
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This is the first in A.C. Crispin's Starbridge series. The worldbuilding is superb, and the characters are engaging. Because this is a first contact story, those issues also have to be addressed. The clash here is not only between cultures but between species, and it’s complicated by differences of opinion on both sides about how to handle the situation. These issues are dealt with logically, with characters responding in ways that feel very realistic. This book has been on my keeper shelf for years.
One of the best first contact stories I ever read, Starbridge is timeless. Both a YA coming of age tale of a young woman traveling on her uncle's starship amongst the stars, a romance, and a story of humans encountering new alien life forms, the story works as well today as it did when it was first written and published 20 years ago. Mahree is on her way to study on Earth, after growing up on a colony planet, when her uncle's ship encounters a message from possible alien life. An investigation leads them to a neighboring star system where they encounter the Simiu, sentient beings who are lionesque in appearance. A culture which places great value on honor, soon the humans find themselves challenged over cross cultural misunderstandings typical to two races who have never encountered each other before. When the Simiu imprison her starship, Mahree and her Simiu friend, Dhurrrkk' steal a small ship and head for the headquarters of The Cooperate League of Systems, a bit of an interplanetary United Nations, which the Simiu desperately want to join. Hoping League leaders will intervene, Mahree and Dhurrrkk' risk their lives escaping to set their plan in motion. As they depart, the ship's doctor, Rob Gable, stumbles onto them, forcing them to take him along. In the course of their journey, Mahree and Rob fall in love, and all three meet a fungus-like alien they label "Blanket" who produces oxygen just as their life support systems have run out. Joining them for the final leg of their journey, Blanket wins Earth an invitation to join the League, while Mahree and Dhurrrkk' convince League leaders to mediate between the Simiu and the imprisoned Earth starship crew. Mahree's character is extremely well drawn and complex, and we get to see her grow from a brooding teenager into a responsible woman who makes a significant contribution to diplomacy and finds a future career. Rob, Dhyrrrkk, Blanket and several other characters are also well drawn, great additions. The story is family friendly, although Mahree's romance with Rob does involve a few love scenes. The story does not seem dated at all. And the complexity of the world building here is fascinating. As a long time fan of Crispin, who's used to her tie-ins more than original works, it was fun to see how inventive and gifted she can be working beyond the constraints of someone else's sandbox. Worth rediscovering if you haven't read it. A highly recommended read!
Highly Recommended - you must check it out!! I was soooo happy when I found out that this series was being release in ebook format. I first read Starbridge book one when it was first released and LOVED it. Great Story! I never had a chance to read the rest of the series but now I will be able to and have them all in ebook format. Thank you A.C. Crispin and Ridan Publishing. David
I am so happy to see some of my favorite books come out in this format! I have read these books too many times to count, not that I will ever replace my paperbacks but they can now stay safe from my many readings of them.