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ADAM: A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A COSMIC VISITOR by [Smith, J L]
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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: 4427 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #234,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This read like a series of lab notes of events, not a novel. There was no tension, no drama, and no cohesion of the various elements . It might have helped if the author had asked himself,"whose story is this?" before he wrote it.
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The scientific parts of the novel were interesting, although perhaps slightly patronising in places. It was clear to see that the author was keener on the scientific parts than on the people to people interactions. It did seem that there were a number of quite deliberate attempts to create tension. Maybe just shows that writing fiction is not that easy. Good try!
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I loved this well written story. The fact that it is based firmly within the understood laws of physics gives a touch of reality to the story and almost places it well within the realms of possibility. The characters are sufficiently well developed to make them real and interesting without becoming obsessive. This is the type of science fiction I enjoy. Nearly up with Arthur C Clark.
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The book is not bad and could earn 4 or more stars but it has a few problems.
1. The pictures why does it need them, and I find some of the pictures destroy my minds eye view of things.
SPOILER......... the space ship pics are very unhelpful the ship in the pictures is way to small to do what the author describes its able to do.
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2. The ship Takes a vast amount of people on this mission for it to carry and do all it does in the book it needs to be vast I mean super vast just the bed space on its own would be 2000m2 of space add in eating areas food storage vast recycling requirements needed to support the numbers then all the equipment for it full mission, take what we are given nearly half appears to be dead space of a outer ring that people just walk around in the images. With a few areas for living very little for anything else the images need to go and the ship needs to be much bigger.
3. The 2 people that start the book, if they are as they are described. I find it very thin that they do what they do and get included in the mission at all after that point. The same can be said for a few of the people. But that is not a deal breaker.

4. The statement at the books beginning saying the book was based on fact as much as possible didn't last for me the ship just throws it out the door.
If you can ignore all the above its a good first draft in my opinion.
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Adam: A close encounter with dissapointment- I needed this book for an essay project and first i wanted to buy the kindle version but then i decided to go with the paperback cause i could mark it and stuff. I admit that i looked only at the kindle edition preview and not the paperback one before ordering it but the differences are what left me hanging. The kindle edition features colored fonts and pictures with descriptions and many other multimodal elements that i could analyze in my essay(i had to analyze this novel for its multimodal elements meaning other means of expression than basic writing ex- particular fonts, meaning conveyed by the use of illustration and different font colors). But today my novel just arrived and i just noticed that it doesn't even get close to the kindle edition. No illustrations with descriptions, not to many different fonts or font coloring, nothing. Its the most basic Penguin-type edition paperback and it just screwed up my whole project now having to search for something else. Again, i aknowledge that i didn't preview the paperback cause i previewed the kindle edition and i assumed the paperback should be similar, not this different. I can't but feel duped by this whole situation and i will for sure watch more carefully next time. Still my advice, go for the kindle cause the paperback lacks so much that the kindle edition seems to offer. As far as story goes, i haven't manage to read it cause whenever i look at the book for now i just want to rip it to shreds for messing up my project.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 July 2014
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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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