There's nothing that really stood out for me as either good or bad. For the amount of time it spends on character and plot set up, for all its emphasis on cutting edge biology and space travel, for the amount of talk dedicated to politics It all felt under-drawn, but without anything majorly wrong.
So in all, it was a very light, quick read I found this to be SF written very light. So in all, it was a very light, quick read that was mildly entertaining. Frankly that's a bit disappointing because there's enough meat here for a very enriching and deep SF thriller. Instead, we're left with the frothy uncomplicated beginning of a space adventure.
It seems a bit rushed and glossed over. Rather than being plunged into deep waters, we're skipped over the surface of a deeper tale.
I suppose there's nothing wrong with an uncomplicated space adventure, and I wouldn't mind continuing the story if I found the rest at a very cheap price. But I thought the book seemed a bit perfunctory and I'll not be actively seeking out the rest of the series. Things like unnecessary spaces after quotes, misspelled words and incorrect letter substitutions.
It's readable, but indie authors who publish with this number of errors are often crucified in reviews for not having had an editor. You can be sure McIntyre had professional editors involved in her original publications I've seen the same issue with other older publications translated to eBook. Yet another reason I feel traditionally published eBooks are overpriced.
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My booklog says, A-, good characters, brisk pace. So, 3.
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Memorable cover art too. Wonder if I kept my copy? View all 4 comments. The starship, Starfarer, is almost completed. But changing political situations on Earth have people doubting if the Starfarer will ever launch.
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A few of the scientists are willing to do nearly anything to make that launch actually happens. This is an old book. It was published in , I found this copy at a library book sale or used book store, not sure which anymore. It is out of print.
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There is an ebook version which is available on a website that can be found if you check the author's webp The starship, Starfarer, is almost completed. There is an ebook version which is available on a website that can be found if you check the author's webpage. I also found out this is the first book in a four book series.
The other books are also out of print and only have limited ebook availibilty. As stated in other reviews which I only looked at after I finished reading the book , this book has one big problem. A book called Starfarers should have space travel in it. Even the back of the book, makes it sound like there will ne lots of space travel in it. But in reality, it is only in the final few pages that the ship does more than travel within the orbit of the moon.
Most of the book seems to be a bereaucratic fight to keep the scientific mission on course. There are several sidelines that don't really add to the story that much. The modified Divers and the Grandparents in Space both just seem to be tacked into the story with little reason. There are also elements that are mentioned that aren't reallt explored. The first inerstellar voyage that disappears without a trace.
A lot of what is going on Earth is talked about without really being attached to the story These elements seem to be more fitting to discuss with the story as it is presented. As a first book, this was very slow with little to recommend it. As part of a series, it might be a good start but to be truthful, it wasn't good enough to make me want to track down and order used copies. This is especially true since I got the first book for less than a dollar and the other 3 would cost around 50 dollars. It might be worth tracking down the ebooks but I wish I could get them through my normal ebook distributor.
Mankind is finally preparing a mission to a different star, one they believe holds intelligent life. It's an international effort full of scientists, and after years of preparation, they're months away from launch This is a bit of a weird book, firstly because it's clearly the first part of a series. And, while Mankind is finally preparing a mission to a different star, one they believe holds intelligent life. And, while I suppose it might count as a spoiler, I don't think it's too big of one to say that this novel focuses on the beginning of the mission rather than the full purpose of the mission.
go to link So, obviously, it feels somewhat incomplete on it's own, like a lot of buildup, but where only, at best, half the story is told though from what I understand, it's a four book series. Some characters are introduced and given some depth, but then play very little role in the story and much of that, isolated from the rest , because it's clear they're intended to play bigger roles in the next books.
And some people might be disappointed by the lack of things that they're hoping for when they read a book about a mission to another star to meet aliens.
That said, the book was fairly enjoyable. It had a mix of interesting worldbuilding with the world in question being a mostly plausible near future Earth , a set of appealing characters, and just was an overall pleasant read. Even when the characters were just discussing fairly dry planning details or dealing with mundane day to day life, I enjoyed reading it. A few of the antagonist characters seemed on the one-dimensional side and designed to elicit certain reactions, but even they got more sides to them as the story developed.
I wouldn't call the book one of my favorites overall, but it was one of my favorites of the ebook bundle I got it in a Women in SF bundle , and I liked it enough that I probably will try to track down at least the next book in the series. May 24, Phil rated it liked it. A good read. Science has not has come as far in the past couple of decades as we'd like to believe. Vonda was on top of some stuff long ago. The concept of an interstellar university chartered to explore new worlds and search out alien life forms has a certain appeal, particularly given the current political climate which threatenes to undermine the importance of education in the arts and sciences.
I read volume two first and felt it suffered from not knowing what went before. Volume one supplied much of the information lacking but still gave the impression of starting the story in the middle - essentially how the world reached its c The concept of an interstellar university chartered to explore new worlds and search out alien life forms has a certain appeal, particularly given the current political climate which threatenes to undermine the importance of education in the arts and sciences.
Volume one supplied much of the information lacking but still gave the impression of starting the story in the middle - essentially how the world reached its current state. The strongest elements involved the physical description of the starship, the physics of a cosmic string, the potential changes to human physiolgy, the computer web accessed through direct mental links.
The human interactions and drama are modestly engaging but the villians are rather stock as is the precipitating crisis. Imagining such a technological marvel as the Starfarer operating without a dedicated crew requires a considerable amount of disbelief. Still, Starfarers is an enjoyable diversion. Dec 11, NinjaMuse rated it it was ok Shelves: science-fiction , lgbtq , read-in , leads-of-colour. In brief: A generation-style ship, crewed by some of the best and brightest academics, hoping to make first contact, is nearly ready to launch. First in a series. Lots of cool science and thinking through that science, and I liked a lot of the characters, but it never felt like the plot had much momentum?
Plus it felt very much like McIntyre was constantly setting the sequel. Apr 05, Miki rated it it was amazing. The mission of a self-sufficient, highly advanced, huge spaceship orbiting the Earth, carrying all the people and equipment necessary to soon start travelling across galaxies, hopefully in search of alien civilizations, or inhabitable planets, or other huge scientific discoveries, is suddenly hindered by political changes and threats of war back on Earth.