- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books; 1 Reprint edition (1 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439133484
- ISBN-13: 978-1439133484
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,337,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
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.
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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