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Slow Train To Arcturus Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 2010

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About the Author

Eric Flint is a popular star of SF and fantasy. His 1632, which launched the New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series, sold out in hardcover almost immediately, followed by multiple printings in paperback. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by SF Chronicle as a best novel of the year. He currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille. Dave Freer, author of The Forlorn and the critically acclaimed A Mankind Witch and of many articles in scientific journals, is an expert on sharks and an accomplished rock climber, a wine-taster, a chef and was an unwilling conscript in the "undeclared" South African-Angolan War. With Eric Flint he has co-authored Rats, Bats & Vats, The Rats, the Bats & the Ugly, Pyramid Power and Pyramid Scheme. He has also collaborated with Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint in a sweeping alternate history-fantasy set in the Renaissance. The first two books in the series, The Shadow of the Lion and This Rough Magic have been enthusiastically received by critics and readers. The trio have also produced a sequel to James H Schmitz's classic The Witches of Karres, The Wizard of Karres. Freer lives in KwaZulu, with his wife Barbara, two sons, and far too many dogs and cats.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A standalone book with no sequels planned that I know of 3 May 2016
By Michael Lynn Mcguire - Published on Amazon.com
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A standalone book with no sequels planned that I know of. For some reason, Amazon has split the listings for the trade paperback and mmpb version. I bought the trade paperback version, my favorite format for these old eyes.

Ah, space opera, my favorite speculative fiction genre. If you liked Heinlein's _Orphans of the Sky_, you will love this book. The story line is 400 years into a generation spaceship that is traveling at 0.3 C. The ship, a ram scoop and a fusion reactor, are towing a dozen habitats, each containing a unique human society from Earth. As the ship slowly passes through star systems, it drops off a habitat. The kicker comes when the ship enters a star system that is inhabited by space traveling aliens and they board the slow train spaceship to see what is going on.
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it a great deal 9 July 2014
By John Cooley - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written, and very interesting. I enjoyed it a great deal!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic feel, modern construction; best of both eras. 21 Nov. 2008
By LaughingLion - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the things I adore about the 'classic' SF that I've read is that it uses both setting and science to pass along the authors ideas.

One of the things I adore about 'modern' SF is the use of multiple fleshed out characters to give a complete outlook on a situation without resorting to gigantic info dumps.

This book has both of those precursors to success and several others. Much like Lois Bujold while the authors have firm ideas about how the world should be, the characters aren't there for the sole purpose of letting the writer expound from their literary pulpit. Much like Ray Bradbury, the social subtexts could stand on their own without a motive protagonist who the reader can gravitate too. It's fortunate that the writers are able to combine both into this one book.

The sly humor of the two writers is woven throughout the text and plot and is manifestly even handed in the way it treats the cultures it encounters.

Slowtrain is an excellent introduction to either or both of these writers and a compelling read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pilgrim Takes a Slow Train 28 Sept. 2008
By Walt Boyes - Published on Amazon.com
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Dave Freer and Eric Flint have taken an interesting idea and used it to ring changes on Pilgrim's Progress. Imagine a starship made up of linked but not easily interconnected habitats in which many small utopian societies have created their cultures while traveling to the planets that will be their ultimate homes. Imagine some of those cultures breaking down, and then inject a set of aliens who come visiting. Now visualize all of this with Freer and Flint's patented twisted sense of humor, from collaborations like Pyramid Scheme. You'll like this book.

Walt Boyes
Associate Editor
Jim Baen's Universe
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5.0 out of 5 stars SLOW TRAIN TO ARCTURUS 21 Sept. 2012
By Kathleen A. Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again Eric Flint and Davis Freer have produced a winning combination. There dry wit and continuing adventures are a joy to read. Keep up the great work.
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