Welcome to Sarnia

Welcome to Sarnia

by Jan Musil

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Buckle your seatbelt, fasten your protective gear and get ready for action, humor ... and characters who will keep you turning pages as you share in their quests. Welcome to Sarnia. More than the book's title, this serves as a greeting as you embark on the first of your nine serial missions to this planet.

This sci-fi adventure transports you to the distant planet and introduces the seven different, intelligent species living on the planet after Terrans lost their gamble to colonize Sarnia. Enjoy the action as both Terran and alien must move beyond past conflict and learn how to coexist on the planet they all call home.

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ISBN-13: 9781621376231
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com
Publication date: 11/12/2014
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)

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Welcome to Sarnia 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
plappen More than 1 year ago
In Mankind's expansion through the galaxy, one of its conquests was the inhabited planet of Sarnia. They ran the planet for about 40 years, until they were beaten by the Mi'ukmac. That was over 130 years ago. Sarnia is a busy place. Before Mankind came, the planet was run by the Toharrians. Several plagues devastated the three indigenous species, leaving large areas of Sarnia's one continent uninhabited. After the Mi'ukmac took over the planet, they herded all humans into one small area on the eastern edge of the continent. Humans were presented with several good reasons why any attempt to expand their area of residence is a bad idea. Just to make things more complicated, the Mi'ukmac control Sarnia, but they don't administer it. They handed that to another race, the Nu'homish. Years before, a human rebellion caused the Mi'ukmac to shut off all electric power to the humans, and they show no inclination to turn it back on. Society has therefore regressed to a pre-industrial level. A huge complication is the existence of flying predators (something like pterodactyls) that would love to devour an animal or person. That is why all human habitation, farms and towns, is covered by nets and cables strung from trees and poles. That is why there are no fields of grain (the soil is not good for Earth agriculture) or herds of animals in a pasture. Human houses consist of three levels: the top level is the greenhouse, where the agriculture happens; the middle level is the living quarters, and the ground level is where the animals are kept. The Mi'ukmac are also keeping away any new colonists from Earth. Considering that this is the first of a projected nine-book series, the actual plot may be a little thin. But the author has done an excellent job at society-building. This is a thick book, but, yes, it's worth reading.
Skyeblue4 More than 1 year ago
SURVIVAL IN A NEW WORLD Readers, are you ready for a trip to Sarnia? This will indeed be an exciting adventure, one like you have never had before. Once you arrive, you are introduced to an extraordinary variety of wildlife, natives and travelers from other parts of the solar system, who have come, just like yourselves, for an adventure and maybe a career. But this will certainly be a life altering experience, should you decide to stay or just visit. Native intelligent Sarnians are unusual to say the least with their six-legged hairy bodies. The native fauna are no less unusual but huge would be the operative word when talking about the predators. These predators are extremely dangerous and become a major deterrent to active life and business on the single continent that occupies the water world of Sarnia. Toharrians, Humans, Mi’ukmac and Nu’homish have all arrived at different times over the centuries, and captured the existing continent and occupants, each in turn. At this time, they all exist on this planet with an uneasy truce, continuing the manufacturing, mining and agriculture that allow each to live there. Peace is tenuous and the eminent arrival of a new Sarnian Taryn will test the strength of all on the continent. The strongest and best swordsmen and archers will join existing military to kill the new Taryn but they may not have the same success as last time. The Sarnians have improved their fighting skills, military and strategies. They will not be beaten so easily this time. Of the occupants of Sarnia, some will prosper, some will die and for some, life will change dramatically. The story will be told. Every now and again, a reader will sit back and wonder where such thoughts and ideas must have come from to weave a tale such as Welcome to Sarnia. This intricate blending of characters and events is truly a masterpiece. One life blends with the other and each event leads plausibly to another, smooth and flowing. I was awed as I read, wondering at the imagination of such an author as Jan Musil. Jan has included several maps, and a time line to help the reader visualize this planet and its development. The only thing that I would like to see added is a brief chart or summary of the main characters, the tribes they belong to and their objectives on this planet; or perhaps a family tree. My suggestion to the reader is to sit down, curl up and become one with this story. Don’t expect to be satisfied with just this one book. There is more to come from this author and personally, I can hardly wait. Reviewer: Elaine Fuhr, Allbooks Reviews
Richard_Bunning More than 1 year ago
This is a big read, a big read set in a huge tapestry. This is a read for lovers of sci-fi/fantasy who crave an epic and detailed view of a whole other planetary system. On the most habitable planet Sarnia, there was already an advanced civilisation when man arrived, in fact three separate, indigenous, and variously civilised Sarnian species, plus an earlier colonising one. As well as the invaders that proceeded man, there were two that succeeded their arrival. The present dominant species came as conquerors of Sarian, Toharrian and Human alike, and the last as an already subservient species of these other planetary empire builders, the Mi’ukmac. The new dominant beings allow the existence and a varying degree of independence to their subject races. Yes it is all most complicated, which is one reason for the length of this book. Of course there is a whole ecosystems worth of other native flora and fauna, as well as species that humans, and no doubt others, have introduced. This book builds the foundations for an intended long series of stories. Humans have been driven back into a pre-electric power economy, though there are some vestiges of their former technological advancement. The previously available power-grid to the human inhabitants had been cut many years before this story opens. Further increasing the humans’ problems is the fact that the Empire seems to be keeping away new settlers from Earth. We don’t know that the Earth’s population still has inter-stellar travel capabilities, but we may assume it does. There are a very few humans still alive with distant memories of Earth and space flight, but to all intents and purposes that immediate experience is lost. What of the story, the plot itself? Well, as I have already said, this is just the first stage of a colossal epic saga. Stories within stories are completed but by the last page of Welcome to Sarnia, we are still not far from the beginning of the drama, if this even proves to be the beginning. Musil writes well, but for me, with consideration to the version I read (May 2012), there are a few too many grammatical imperfections. They don’t particularly interrupt the discourse, but they are a totally unnecessary irritation. The massive amount of work, the fascinating creativity, is let down by this less than thorough editing. I fully expect a comprehensive revision of the script at some time after this review. This really is a well thought out, plausible, synopsis, with a nice mix of originality, and familiar science fiction/fantasy elements. I think that readers that are drawn into Musil’s world will become loyal fans. There are obviously many adventures to come, with no guarantee at all that the humans will ever again be the dominant force that they once were on Sarnia. Actually, there is little indication beyond a looming battle as to in which chronological direction this planned series will go. This is a book for a long holiday, or for a series of long-winter fireside reads. In other words, this might be one for the sorts of readers that consumed Tolkien, Frank Herbert, or Orson Scott Card novels, rather than one for those that only like the quick fix of a novella, or sharply sculptured standalone stories. This book should be seen as a strong foundation work for many future, and probably considerably shorter novels. Whatever, for fans of visionary worlds, I think Musil’s is worth pursuing. The detail in this thick volume doesn’t always make for easy reading. Nevert