Set eighty years in the future, this novel by the best-selling author Michael O'Brien is about an expedition sent from the planet Earth to Alpha Centauri, the star closest to our solar system. The Kosmos, a great ship that the central character Neil de Hoyos describes as a flying city, is immense in size and capable of more than half light-speed. Hoyos is a Nobel Prize winning physicist who has played a major role in designing the ship. Hoyos has signed on as a passenger because he desires to escape the seemingly benign totalitarian government that controls everything on his home planet. He is a skeptical and quirky misanthropic humanist with old tragedies, loves, and hatreds that are secreted in his memory. The surprises that await him on the voyage--and its destination--will shatter all of his assumptions and point him to a true new horizon.Science fiction and fantasy literature are genres that have become dominant forces in contemporary worldwide culture. Our fascination with the near-angelic powers of new technology, its benefits and dangers, its potential for obsession and catastrophe, raises vital questions that this work explores about human nature and the cosmos, about man's image of himself and where he is going--and why he seeks to go there.
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About the Author
Michael D. O'Brien, iconographer, painter, and writer, is the popular author of many best-selling novels including Father Elijah, The Father's Tale, Eclipse of the Sun, Sophia House, Theophilos, and Island of the World. His novels have been translated into twelve languages and widely reviewed in both secular and religious media in North America and Europe.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This author is prescient! The book describes earth as it is in the future and is startling accurate about where we are headed. As you read it, you think "this couldn't happen here" and then you realize that it already is happening. It is also a chronicle of the voyage from Earth to Alpha Centauri and what happens to people who spend 9 years together on a space ship. Has profound implecations. If you are an atheist, don't read it...you won't enjoy it. But if you have faith and faith in mankind, it's an uplifting book.
I think I have read all the books by this author and this one is one of his best. It is interesting, hard to put down, and gives you a lot to think about. An intelligent but flawed scientist heads out on a voyage of discovery with a whole city of people minus children. He discovers more than a new world, he finds friends and in the end, his God. I recommend it highly.
Really good book; a must read!