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ADAM: A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A COSMIC VISITOR [Kindle Edition]

J L Smith
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NO KNOWN ASTEROID AT THESE COORDINATES IN THE CURRENT TIME FRAME.

Sid and Patty Wilson jerked to attention as they looked at the monitor. Had they done it? Had they discovered a new Asteroid? As it turned out the answer was no. No it was not an asteroid. It was not a comet. It was like nothing that any human had seen since the beginning of history. It would prove to be a cosmic visitor that would change everything for the people of the earth.

So begins story of Adam.
Sid and Patty Wilson were making a routine scan of the heavens in their Nevada observatory in preparation for the upcoming Martian project. They were scheduled to leave for Mars in two years to set up a permanent colony. This night all was going well when suddenly they detected something very unusual. Their equipment had found an unknown object beyond the orbit of Saturn. Originally thinking it was an asteroid or comet buzzing toward the sun, they soon waded into a mystery that would have profound consequences for all the people on earth. The body was traveling fast, very fast. In fact it was moving fast enough that once it swung past the sun it would leave the solar system. What’s more this body could not have originated in the solar system. This was no comet or asteroid. It was large, very large. And the most chilling thing about it was that it was heading towards earth. What was it? Was there danger for the people of earth? What should the response of earth do to prepare for it? This is a story that describes a cosmic visitor that changed everything.

Adam is the work of a new novelist, physics educator J L Smith. It is a stand-alone novel that seeks to be true to the laws of science.

About the Author

J L Smith is a retired physics teacher. He spent thirty five years teaching young minds the laws of the universe and the beauty of physics. He has published multiple scientific articles in national journals such at The Physics Teacher and The Science Teacher. He has taught on both the high school and college levels. He is a devout science fiction enthusiast. However one of his biggest complaints is how writers often are not true to the laws of the universe. He is annoyed at the liberties some authors take in bending those laws to weave a plot. In the writing of Adam he has attempted to do a little teaching along with spinning a yarn. He has incorporated his knowledge of physics and hopes the reader gains some new understandings while reading this book. Mr. Smith lives in sunny Naples, Florida.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4428 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: J L Smith (28 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JCE23DW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adam: a close encounter 31 July 2014
By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This SF book concentrates on the astrophysics and physics of a cosmic object whizzing through our Solar System on its way elsewhere... or on its way to Earth? There are splendid illustrations from Hubble space telescope, diagrams and other colour pictures to get you interested and involved in the story.

Patty and Sid Wilson are a couple who fortunately share the same passion for astronomy, and they staff NASA's giant telescope in Arizona to check for new asteroids. They whimsically name the first new body they spot Adam, and the name sticks. Adam turns out to be something unexpected; it has already made it unseen to Saturn's orbit thanks to low albedo from a dark hue, and its mass is large enough to perturb the orbit of Saturn's little moon Phoebe.

Once news gets out inevitably some people consider that this body must be a spaceship, while the fact that it is going to pass closer to Earth than the Moon means devastating weather, seismic and climate change events. Scientists are keen to collaborate on finding a solution - if there is one - but politicians and generals distrust other nations and inertia looks likely to be the greatest threat.

At each new stage of the story we meet more very human characters to guide us and we get to know their hopes, sadness and loves. The author has been a physics teacher so as well as informing he knows the personal side of imparting information. While there are no young adult characters, Adam: A Close Encounter With A Cosmic Visitor could be enjoyed by bright young adults who are interested in space travel or SF. Adults would find it a good readable grounding in a fascinating topic. I hope Jack Smith will write more SF as he clearly enjoys this work and has a gift for communicating his concepts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good 2 Sep 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a technodrama/documentary written for young adults or people with very little scientific knowledge and I found it a little simplistic. Despite that I enjoyed the story though I believe the difficulties and problems are heavily downplayed thus leading to an optimistic outcome. If this happened in real life the Earth and mankind are doomed
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic SF by a first-time author 8 May 2014
By Angie Boyter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In his first novel, Jack Smith has written a classic SF story (That is a compliment, in my opinion.) about the discovery of a strange astronomical object approaching the earth and humanity’s reaction to the potential danger it presents. The author, a former physics teacher, did a nice job of inserting interesting science, both when it was germane to the plot and when it was just interesting, like tidbits about various moons and planets. I was reminded of the fascinating things I learned from writers like Robert Heinlein when I was in junior high and think it would be an especially good pick for a young teen to encourage their interest in science and space exploration. The book is beautifully illustrated by a number of actual photos from sources like NASA and the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Unfortunately, my enjoyment of the book was marred by several flaws. A good copy editor could have quickly disposed of the punctuation and grammatical errors and some unfortunate typos and a bit of stiffness in the prose that is not too surprising in a first novel. The author could have done a better job of imagining the language that will be used in 2027; some terms seemed anachronistic, like the use of the title “Miss”. Finally, the emphasis was definitely on plot at the expense of realistic character development.
There are many things to enjoy in Adam: A Close Encounter with a Cosmic Visitor. If the author can address the elements that prevented me from enjoying it more fully, I think his second book would merit a much better review.
Note: I do not know Mr. Smith, but I received a complimentary copy of his book with a request for a review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Adam: A close encounter 31 July 2014
By Clare O'Beara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This SF book concentrates on the astrophysics and physics of a cosmic object whizzing through our Solar System on its way elsewhere... or on its way to Earth? There are splendid illustrations from Hubble space telescope, diagrams and other colour pictures to get you interested and involved in the story.

Patty and Sid Wilson are a couple who fortunately share the same passion for astronomy, and they staff NASA's giant telescope in Arizona to check for new asteroids. They whimsically name the first new body they spot Adam, and the name sticks. Adam turns out to be something unexpected; it has already made it unseen to Saturn's orbit thanks to low albedo from a dark hue, and its mass is large enough to perturb the orbit of Saturn's little moon Phoebe.

Once news gets out inevitably some people consider that this body must be a spaceship, while the fact that it is going to pass closer to Earth than the Moon means devastating weather, seismic and climate change events. Scientists are keen to collaborate on finding a solution - if there is one - but politicians and generals distrust other nations and inertia looks likely to be the greatest threat.

At each new stage of the story we meet more very human characters to guide us and we get to know their hopes, sadness and loves. The author has been a physics teacher so as well as informing he knows the personal side of imparting information. While there are no young adult characters, Adam: A Close Encounter With A Cosmic Visitor could be enjoyed by bright young adults who are interested in space travel or SF. Adults would find it a good readable grounding in a fascinating topic. I hope Jack Smith will write more SF as he clearly enjoys this work and has a gift for communicating his concepts.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story That Should Appeal To Most Readers. 2 April 2014
By IRONWOOD PUBLICATIONS ALLEN W. SMITH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a good read for anyone who loves a good story. I don’t read much science fiction, so I can’t compare it with other science-fiction books. But, it is a well-written story that should appeal to anyone who loves to read. The reader gets a bonus, in terms of many exquisite NASA photos of the heavenly bodies that are a part of the story. In addition, the author is a retired physics teacher, as well as an accomplished amateur astronomer. He knows astronomy very well for an amateur, and the reader can’t help but learn a few tidbits of astronomy while reading the book.

The characters are well drawn, and Smith provides hints of their personal lives and emotions, but mostly he emphasizes their professional qualifications and accomplishments. The author builds up suspense as he develops the plot and the characters, and the story holds the reader’s attention, even when he or she takes a break from reading.

As I mentioned above, I am not qualified to judge the book in terms other science fiction books, but, as the author of eight books, and an avid reader, I feel well qualified to compare this book with all other books I have read. It is definitely a five-star book, which I believe will appeal to most readers.

Allen W. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Eastern Illinois University
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story, well written. 23 Nov 2014
By xTom TenBrink - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
If you're looking for the typical earth against alien sci-fi this story will not be up your alley. However, if you enjoy a realistic, well written adventure, this is definitely a must-read! The science is real, the characters are real (in a fictional sort of way) and the story is believable. I enjoyed it a lot!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but predictible 28 Jun 2014
By John Micholson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoy reading SyFy, and did like this book, however it did not meet my full satisfaction. The story is well written, but lacked that little unexplained extra I hope to find in this type of book.
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