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This review is from: Starship Summer (Kindle Edition)
This is a first class novella. It's a small canvas - a group of people who come together by chance on the shores of an alien ocean. The characters are interesting - a man newly moved from Earth, a former star ship pilot, a famous artist, and a woman whose psychic abilities leave her unable to touch anyone.
The plot revolves around an alien starship that proves to be related to an ancient, mysterious, alien artifact. The real driver of the plot, however, is the relationships between the main characters. All are damaged, and all have experienced loss. The human and sf plots intersect in an interesting manner, and the whole story resolves in a very satisfactory way. I hadn't read Eric Brown before, but I will look out for his work. This story is well worth a few hours of your time.