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Where no man has gone before, gone before, gone before...,
This review is from: The Explorer (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)Cormack is no scientist, nor is he an engineer. In fact he is the most unlikely astronaut one could conceive of. He knows nothing about the ship nor about space, only that as a journalist he has the job of his lifetime chronically the first manned mission into deep space. Such is the setting for the doomed expedition, as one by one the crew die off until finally Cormack is left on his own drifting inexorably into space.
Though this could be considered a science fiction novel, the science itself takes a back seat to the fiction. Whilst indeed this is a story set in space, it could just have easily have been set in an isolated cabin in Antarctica since so very little of the book focuses upon the technicalities of the science of the future but instead focuses upon the man.
The book begins with the disaster as Cormack recounts how the crew died and how he came to be by himself. Though as the book continues it turns darker, and it quickly appears that Cormack is indeed exploring something that has never before been explored, and he has been doing it for years.
This is a splendidly well written book that leaves an appropriate number of cliff-hangers to keep you reading from page to page. The concept is quite unique and I am quite a fan of the genre. My one criticism is that the ending left a number of questions in my mind that can never be answered. Otherwise excellent.