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Helix Mass Market Paperback – 4 Jun 2007

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris; 1 edition (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844164721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844164721
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 654,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brown is at the height of his powers." - Stephen Baxter

About the Author

Eric Brown is the award-winning author of a huge number of SF novels, children's books, radio plays, articles and reviews, including Helix, Helix Wars, The Bengal Station Trilogy, The New York Trilogy, Kethani, Engineman, Guardians of the Phoenix, Kings of Eternity, The Serene Invasion, two Weird Space novels and The Fall of Tartarus. www.ericbrown.com


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I don't know all the subgenres and technicalities of science fiction, but I know when I enjoy reading a book, whatever it purports to be, and I enjoyed reading this book. It's a bit like a blend between an armageddon/apocalyptic novel and a sci-fi to me.

The story starts with the imminent demise of Earth as we know it, destroyed by the humans and their industrial wastes etc. Joe Hendry, a disillusioned space engineer, is living a subsistence life on the coast of Australia. His daughter is chosen to take part in a secret mission to take colonists to a new planet to try and start the human race's fight for survival again. Hendry unexpectedly is able to take part in this journey. The set-up is quick in this book, and we are fairly soon into space and heading towards what is hoped to be humankind's salvation, a new planet. But when the ship crashlands, the survivors find something they never expected to find.

Meanwhile, we read of a young dirigible builder and entrepeneur, Ehrin, who is facing battles of his own against the Establishment in the form of a repressive and conservative Church power. Ehrin's dream to find what his father hinted at before his own untimely death leads him into dangerous ground.

The blend of sci-fi and imagination, widely diverse characters and characterisations, landscapes and motivations left me quite happily turning the pages rapidly in this novel; I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I am glad there is scope for further novels; in fact I have purchased Helix Wars on the strength of my enjoyment of this book.
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By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2007
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In the future, humanity destroys the Earth with their constant wars and by ravaging the land without giving anything back. Earth's end is in site. The European Space Organization (ESO) secretly builds a vast colony ship (named the Lovelock), trains key personnel to crew it, and readies over four thousand coldsleep pods for the humans chosen to begin life anew on another world. Terrorists object to anyone leaving Earth, thus ESO must keep everything as secret as possible. With only minor interference, the Lovelock launches, taking with it the only real hope the human race has for survival.

Five hundred light-years later (one thousand years standard Earth time), Lovelock is torn apart by a series of explosions. A skeleton crew is awakened from coldsleep and they must scramble to save the frozen colonists by crash landing on the nearest possible location: a polar section of a Helix - a vast, spiral construct of worlds, wound about a G-type sun. While most of the colonists remain in coldsleep, the four surviving crew members of the Lovelock proceed up-spiral in search of a habitable section. They will encounter extraordinary and vast landscapes, alien races, and begin unraveling the mystery of who created the helix.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on another tier of the helix, a race resembling lemurs has been under the control of the Church for millennia. The Church is all-powerful and makes all decisions for the people. Ehrin Telsa, owner of Telsa Dirigible Company, mans an expedition of the western plains for usable resources. Of course, the Church sends a representative with them, Elder Cannak.
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There is so much wrong with Helix but there is also much to like. The central conceit of the story - that there is a huge, helical structure that houses thousands of cylindrical worlds - would lead one to expect a 'hard' SF novel but that isn't the case. The titular helix is a feat of imagination and not one of engineering and Brown clearly has no idea (or concern for) how or why it was built or even why the structure is a helix rather than any other shape. His characters are lazy constructions that rely on silly coincidences to generate personalities. The background stories pad out the tale to no effect. Pages of set up regarding Hendry's daughter all come to nought. The Kaluchek/Olembe dynamic is played out over 500 pages and then negates itself when the basis of their conflict is discovered to be false. These are all faults that could have been resolved with some editorial direction and the excision of a hundred or so pages.

The curious thing is that, even with all these gripes, Helix is enjoyable. It's fast paced, cinematic and wondrous. The reader is carried along at such a rate that faults are smoothed over due to the sheer speed of the narrative. Read as Space Opera (as opposed to Science Fiction) it is entertaining and engrossing.

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Just tremendous. Some fantastic, world-building sci-fi, a massively intriguing universe literally filled with possibilities, character arcs you really care about and a great adventure story with some very big ideas. I was totally gripped throughout, can't recommend it enough to anyone who likes their sci-fi in the Prometheus vein.
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Story of humans making a journey to other worlds to save the human race.
A crew with thousands of others kept in cryogenic sleep until a new world is found.
Mishaps occur and the crew find themselves on a new world which is inhabited.
The author moves from one worlds story to another and eventually the stories come together,
The switch from one story to another takes a small time to get used to but I found it enjoyable.
A very enjoyable story and I have now purchased the second book in the series
so time will tell if the story keeps going strongly.
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