Solar Express

Solar Express

Book - 2015
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"You can't militarize space. This one rule has led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. However, increasing resource scarcity and a changing climate on Earth's surface is causing some interested parties to militarize, namely India, the North American Union, and the Sinese Federation. The discovery of a strange artifact by Dr. Alayna Wong precipitates a crisis. What appears to be a hitherto undiscovered comet is soon revealed to be an alien structure on a cometary trajectory toward the sun. Now there is a race between countries to see who can study and control the artifact dubbed the "Solar Express" before it perhaps destroys itself. Leading the way for the North American Union is Alayna's friend, Captain Christopher Tavoian, one of the first shuttle pilots to be trained for combat in space. But, as the alien craft gets closer to its destination, it begins to alter the surface of the sun in strange new ways, ways that could lead Alayna to revolutionary discoveries-provided Chris can prevent war from breaking out as he navigates among the escalating tensions between nations. Solar Express is a thrilling, new, hard science fiction novel from New York Times bestselling author L. E. Modesitt, Jr"--
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765381958
0765381958
Branch Call Number: SF MODESITT, L.
Characteristics: 445 pages ; 25 cm

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mammothhawk229e
Feb 04, 2017

Story dry & dragged in the middle.
However, plausible world based on economic, social & technological trends century from now.

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Astraeus
Nov 30, 2016

Some of the hard science fiction terms are theories were so complex that they were somewhat off-putting and the middle third of the book is slow-paced and feels a little repetitive. Even so, the adventure, action, and political elements of the book (e.g. space exploration, effects of climate change, militarization of space, etc.) and the two extremely relatable main characters won't leave the reader disappointed.

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erfar
Jul 10, 2016

Situated in the earth 100 years in the future, this novel is true science fiction, in that the science is plausible and the projected word could become reality, based upon current trends. Well told; fast paced. A good read.

bryscycle Jan 25, 2016

super read... almost too real

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