The Solar Sea

The Solar Sea

by David Lee Summers

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BN ID: 2940155182344
Publisher: David Lee Summers
Publication date: 03/21/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 913 KB

About the Author

David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers. He is the author of eight novels including The Solar Sea, Vampires of the Scarlet Order, and Owl Dance. He edited Tales of the Talisman Magazine and the anthologies Space Pirates, Space Horrors and A Kepler's Dozen. His short fiction has appeared in such magazines and anthologies as Cemetery Dance, Realms of Fantasy, Bad-Ass Faeires 3: In All Their Glory, The Vampire's Crypt, Aoife's Kiss, The Fifth Di..., The Martian Wave, and Six-Guns Straight From Hell. In addition to his work in the written word, David works at Kitt Peak National Observatory. You can find David's books published by Sky Warrior publishing by visiting: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/DavidLeeSummers1

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Lights flickered on and off intermittently on the console. Before hitting the bow shock, Jupiter seemed to stand still. Now, it was easy to tell they were moving toward the planet. Even though the motion appeared slow, the dial on Pilot's console confirmed what he now realized, they were careening into the planet. Gently, he eased the sails around, trying to bring the ship into orbit. As he did, the ship began to shake violently, rattling his teeth. He was slowing the ship, but not fast enough. Jupiter's gravitational field, the collision of charged particles from the sun and Jupiter, along with photon pressure from both sources were causing the sails to vibrate at their resonant frequency.

"The masts are reaching critical stress," called Neb O'Connell from C-and-C. "If you don't back off the sails, they're going to snap."

"If I back off the sails, we'll go sailing right into the planet!" said Pilot through gritted teeth. "LaRue, give me some thrust! Help me out."

The ship's thrusters fired. If anything, the ship vibrated even more.

"There's a stress fracture developing on the number three sail." There was a hint of panic in Neb's voice. "We've got to do something quick or the ship's going to fly apart."

Pilot looked at the readout on his console and suddenly had a thought. He put his hands on the sail controls and locked his gaze on the clock on his console, counting down seconds.

"Prepare to jettison number three sail," called Jefferson from C-and-C. "LaRue, stand by on thruster control. Get Berko to the towing shuttle, now."

"No! You don't have time for all that. It's too late!" said Pilot.

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The Solar Sea 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
hollybooks More than 1 year ago
The Solar Sea is an engaging, well-crafted tale of space exploration. The author is an astronomer who knows the territory, and a storyteller who knows how to transport you there. In this adventure he describes a spacecraft designed for interplanetary travel. I suspect he may actually have worked up the schematics. I expect he'll be hearing from NASA. With the Solar Sea, David Lee Summers has written a fine narrative on a par with the best of Science Fiction, including Burroughs' At the Earth's Core, Williamson's The Humanoids, Clarke's The City and the Stars, and Chrichton's Timeline.