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Michael J Martinez
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30 May 2013
Mars is supposed to be dead...Bizarre quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll--seemingly of their own volition--carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself. Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty's Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents...and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets--the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (30 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159780472X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597804721
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Genre bending often come at great peril, but Martinez pulls it off with an assurance that makes all the pieces slot together perfectly.", "The 14 Greatest Science Fiction Books of the Year" (2013) "Martinez's debut is a triumph of genre-blending... With a cast of superbly drawn characters, Martinez's title is a mesmerizing tale of two universes that briefly cross paths, leaving both worlds forever changed." --Library Journal (starred review, SF/F Debut of the Month), included in Best Books 2013: SF/Fantasy end-of-year wrap-up " ambitious and fun romp...entertaining and fun to read and despite its delays in publication, I hope it reaches its deserved audience, and that the author has the opportunity to explore the universe of the Daedalus, especially, much further." --SFSignal "A true genre bender. It mixes alchemy, quantum physics, and historical figures in ways you haven't seen before. [...] adventurous, original, and a blast to read."

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Michael J Martinez: After nearly 20 years of writing other peoples' stories as a journalist and professional writer, including stints at and The Associated Press, Michael J. Martinez decided he'd try his hand at telling his own tales. So far, it's worked out better than he thought.

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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a digital review copy of The Daedalus Incident from the author which I used for this review.

For me reading a book is like a travel where I follow the characters like an invisible shadow.
So I thought to write the review in form of a travel diary.
The travel ticket consist of cover, some facts and the blurb.

A warm welcome to my first travel diary. The ticket promised a two time lines journey which will lead me to the planet Mars in a possible future set in the year 2132 and back to an alternate history of the 18th century set in1779.
One need to be prepared for such extraordinary voyages. I took countermeasures against the possible suffer from sea, space and time travel.
On the way to Mars I got a brief introduction before I met Lt. Shaila Jain member of the Joint Space Command for the first time. By the way the JSC is the security force for all EU/US space missions. She is a straightforward woman, who is neither a friend of military hierarchy nor of conventions. By first sight I knew should would cause trouble.
Mars in 2132 is a raw-material supplier without atmosphere. Mining on Mars is no walk in the park and the appearance of quakes on the red planet was like the seed for riots.caused . I met some more people but I do not want to bother you with names. All in all there is group of people - miners, scientists, security, administration - with relationsbetween each other on several levels.

There was nothing extraordinary regarding the place and the people except the quakes.
I decided to continue my travel on the future time line.

A blink of an eye later I switched to the 18th century time line. I looked over the shoulder of Lt. Thomas Weatherby and read a letter to his father.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There Be Sailing Ships in Space 6 July 2013
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When I first learned that "The Daedalus Incident" somehow involves 18th century sailing ships in space, I proceeded with caution. It is such a preposterous notion but I decided to go along with it because it touched something primal in my mind. It is a vision that probably visited the imagination of every child who has seen the closing scene of the classic Disney Peter Pan movie or who secretly played with their father's sailing ship models pretending these could fly because they had better not try floating it in the bathtub. Heck, Columbus, probably daydreamed of sailing his carracks to the moon and beyond but shied from writing those thoughts down (Perhaps he did. Someone correct me here).

The author braved writing those thoughts down in this book. He created a world of spacefaring 32-gun frigates and wrapped it around a fast-paced adventure story. "The Daedalus Incident" treads the borders of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. It throws in some romance, too, for good measure (it could easily have had a cover featuring a swashbuckler and a damsel in distress but, thankfully, it did not go there). Reading it felt like watching someone juggle knives while riding a unicycle on a tightrope over a flaming pit. There is always the danger of the whole thing falling apart but, incredibly, the act holds well together. I think that's how most of the excitement in "Daedalus" is generated making it so fun to read.

The author has taken great care in crafting the details of his world. He demonstrates respect for every genre he touched in the story so you soon realize he knows what he's doing. You can safely suspend your disbelief while reading this tale and enjoy the sights, sounds, and marvels of the ride knowing you won't be cheated in the end. Don't be surprised if you find yourself asking for more. Thankfully, there is promise of that.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A swash buckelling space opera taking place in 1779 and 2132. MARS. Highly entertaining 1 Oct 2013
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Martinez has managed to blend the swash buckling ways of 1779 and the hard science and action of working on Mars in 2132 that makes both relavent.

And in fact this great mash up of time lines results in the collision of these two time lines in the exciting conclusion to the story.

In 1779 we have the almost "steampunk" like activity of sailing between the stars with a literal sea going ship. This is accomplished through lodestones that have been treated by an Alchemist to support the gravity and air needed by men. And by men, I mean sailors of the Royal Navy no less. Our hero is Tom Weatherby on her majesties ship Daedalus who is on a routine voyage to rout out any French ships.

Tom and the rest of the men on Daedalus are soon on a trip across the known worlds chasing a mad alchemist who is stealing the essence of the known worlds. Why he is doing this is not known. All that is known is that he must be stopped before he gets all the known worlds essences.

In our 2132 timeline on Mars our main characters are US Air Force personnel and scientists exploring Mars along with a group of rough necks mining for precious materials under the surface of Mars.

But something is wrong as there are injuries involved when several earth quakes (oops mars quakes) occur with no apparent reason. Soon both the military staff and scientists are investigating other strange occurrences.

The author is true to the mannerisms, terminology, attitudes and perspectives of each time line as we go back and forth in time. Which is outstanding as you can see the different perspectives of each group.

As you may have guessed the two time lines collide at the end of the book with an epic battle; and both groups of characters being exposed to the other's perspective.

A wonderful romp that combines both science fiction and fantasy attributes that will please both groups.

Highly recommended
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your father's scifi 20 Aug 2013
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The Daedalus Incident is in many ways an echo of earlier scifi stories. Only better. Alternate realities colliding is the background for Philip K. Dick's "Man in the High Castle", but we only see those two worlds come together in very brief snapshots. In this book the collision is more sustained, enough to allow the characters in each universe interact, and finally fight, together. As someone who has been reading scifi for over 40 years, I've seen my share of novel ideas brought to life by authors. Joe Haldeman taking Heinlein's starship troopers to the next level by finally learning to love time dilation, John Scalzo branching off from Haldeman in going all genetic on us with his old men (people).

I have to admit to being put off by the first few chapters that take place in the universe that isn't our own (you know, the one where the Americas never existed and pre-Victorian Europe discovers space travel instead). But the further on I read the more engaged I became, until finally I came to find that other universe just as, if not more, interesting because the author had succeeded in getting me to suspend my disbelief just long enough that I started to care about that somewhat odd reality with its even odder characters. I am sure this book would make a terrific movie, so long as they could get someone credible like Ridley Scott to do it (Scott did a fairly good job on his visualization of Philip Dick's android novel, after all). No doubt a lot of people are going to vehemently disagree with me. This author took a real risk with this book's story line. For me that risk paid off. My only closing comment to people who are considering reading this book is, just give it a chance. You may find yourself grateful for the author's courage in taking the leap that he does here. You might even start hoping he'll write a sequel.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful blend of steampunk culture and Modern-SF 12 Feb 2014
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In The Daedalus Incident, Michael J Martinez has combined two highly unusual styles, steampunk and science fiction, to create a highly entertaining debut novel.

Martinez employs an alternating structure within each chapter. The beginning contains a steampunk-style story of 1800-style schooners flying in space with the end of the chapter concentrating on a 22nd century mining colony on Mars. Mars has certainly been done to death, and that part of the story wasn't horribly interesting to me....until the two worlds collide. I wasn't at all sure what Martinez was up to until Page 100, and then it all melded into an interesting story.

I would urge any prospective readers to plow through and keep going. The beginning can be a bit difficult to follow given the two radically different stories...but the payoff is handsome. I'm eagerly looking forward to Martinez's next novel which I believe is set in this same universe.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable genre read 27 Dec 2013
By Gregory Farnum - Published on
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The Daedalus Incident’s first chapter sets it up as a near-future sci-fi when miners on Mars experience an earthquake ("that shouldn’t happen!”) and discover unexplainable phenomena near their base.
Then, suddenly, it’s chronicling the adventures of a young lieutenant in an alternate history where the colonial European powers are seizing territory on different planets in the solar system, instead of portions of North and South America.

The mechanism used to tie these two worlds together is a bit predictable, but the ride is a rollicking adventure that I enjoyed. The novel is weakened by having all the real action on one side of the divide (the future Martian miners are mostly along for the ride in this novel, and their ride is mostly to inspire the confusion and wonder that are a staple of genre sci-fi), but judging by the setup at the end — which contain the only indicators in the book that it’s opening a series; this could have been standalone with only minimal editing and reworking of a couple chapters — the action will be more equitable in the follow-ups. There are a few line editing issues (only a few; but still surprising in a properly-published novel) and the prose gets a bit dull — the price paid for trying to speak in the voice of an 18th-century “officer and gentlemen” character.
Given the opening you obviously can’t take any of the science portions too seriously, but this is a rollicking adventure that won’t leave anybody regretting the time spent on it.
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