Helix Mass Market Paperback – 4 Jun 2007
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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Lacklustre, devoid of style (everything is told, little shown), little that was truly original. Read like the author found it a chore to write, or wasn't particularly arsed about... Read morePublished 15 months ago by C. S. Barlow
The book started off OK but for me went downhill. The earth dying in the way described was plausible but once the spaceship crashed on the Helix I had trouble believing the world... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Christopher
Oh we'll! Not sure what was wrong with Helix but could not finish it. Fist book by Eric Brown I've read not put off though will try another.Published on 12 Aug. 2014 by Big Six
second exposure to Eric Brown, 'kings of eternity' left me cold, Helix is better, a no brainer sf pulp riff, a page turner, reminds me a little of Robert SilverbergPublished on 12 May 2013 by John Haylock
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The story is brilliant and even believable. The characters are interesting and in depth and parts of the story fit into fantasy as... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by chris
The overall plot of Helix is interesting enough to keep a SF enthusiast reading however Eric Brown is not a very good writer. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2012 by Michael W
It's ok. Definately only for non-hard sci-fi fans. Far too manay pages given over to the Olembe/Kaluchek thing. They could have dealt with that far better. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2012 by Mr. L. S. Palmer
Eric Brown has had two things going for him: (1) he has penned a large and diverse bibliography with earth- and space-based stories, each as enticing as the next and (2) he has... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2012 by 2theD