Alien Encounter: A Scientific Novel (Science and Fiction)

Alien Encounter A Scientific Novel Science and Fiction It has been nearly years since the Apollo moon landings when Jack and Vladimir two astronauts on a mission to Venus discover a mysterious void related to indigenous life on the planet Subsequen

  • Title: Alien Encounter: A Scientific Novel (Science and Fiction)
  • Author: Dirk Schulze-Makuch
  • ISBN: 9783319019611
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • It has been nearly 100 years since the Apollo moon landings, when Jack and Vladimir, two astronauts on a mission to Venus, discover a mysterious void related to indigenous life on the planet Subsequently voids are detected on Earth, Mars, Titan, and, quite ominously, inside a planetoid emerging from the Kuiper belt.Jack is sent to investigate the voids in the Solar SIt has been nearly 100 years since the Apollo moon landings, when Jack and Vladimir, two astronauts on a mission to Venus, discover a mysterious void related to indigenous life on the planet Subsequently voids are detected on Earth, Mars, Titan, and, quite ominously, inside a planetoid emerging from the Kuiper belt.Jack is sent to investigate the voids in the Solar System and intercept the planetoid which, as becomes increasingly clear, is inhabited by alien life forms Jack and his crew will have little time to understand their alien biochemistry, abilities, behavior patterns, resilience, and technology, but also how these life forms relate to the voids.Humankind s first encounter with these exotic life forms couldn t be fateful, becoming a race against time to save life on Earth and to reveal the true nature of the voids, which seem to be intrinsically related to life and the universe itself In this novel, the author combines many topics related to state of the art research in the field of astrobiology with fictional elements to produce a thrilling page turner.This new version significantly develops the astrobiological denouement of the plot and features an extensive non technical appendix where the underlying science is presented and discussed.From the reviews of the first edition Voids of Eternity Alien Encounter Here s a thrilling yarn in the best hard SF tradition of Asimov, James Hogan, and Ben Bova, written by a scientist who knows all about the possibilities of life in the solar system and beyond Dirk Schulze Makuch weaves into his book all the astrobiological themes he s worked on in recent years speculation about creatures in the atmosphere of Venus and on and under the surface of Mars and Titan together with some well informed Eastern philosophy and a cracking good space battle A great first novel from a rising talent Highly recommended David Darling, on , 2009The research interests of Dr Schulze Makuch, currently a professor at Washington State University, focus on evolutionary adaptation strategies of organisms in their natural environment, particularly extreme environments such as found on other planetary bodies Dirk Schulze Makuch is best known for his publications on extraterrestrial life, being coauthor of three books on the topic We Are Not Alone Why We Have Already Found Extraterrestrial Life 2010 , Cosmic Biology How Life could Evolve on Other Worlds 2010 , and Life in the Universe Expectations and Constraints 2004 In 2011 he published with Paul Davies A One Way Mission to Mars Colonizing the Red Planet and in 2012 with David Darling Megacatastrophes Nine Strange Ways the World Could End.

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    1. The frequent grammar errors are annoying. Also, I couldn't find any difference between this 'Scientific Novel' and regular Science Fiction. Actually, I've read (much) better SF which had a better grasp on the science (as far as I could tell of course). What I was expecting when I started this book was current science incorporated in an Alien Encounter theme: based on our best psychological/sociological reseach, what would really happen if we encountered aliens today? What plans would government [...]

    2. I tried to like this book, but I couldn't get over the sexism I perceived in it. The main character is a manly man who sizes up his female colleagues based on their physical attractiveness (if he considers them attractive; female characters who are presumably less attractive don't merit much in the way of physical descriptions). I couldn't finish it.

    3. Not so well written and different from the other books (that I have read so far) in the Springer Science & Fiction series, the science isn't that believable as well.

    4. This was a seriously annoying book to read.First, it's riddled with errors in English usage, spelling and grammar that make it seem like English is not the Author's first language, and just scream for the attention of a good editor. The constant barrage of mis-use, misspelling and poor phrasings made it impossible to maintain immersion.But the story ideas were intriguing enough to keep me reading, despite the author's apparent ignorance of orbital mechanics. (view spoiler)[ "Gravity assist" mane [...]

    5. Impenetrable novella full of clunky dialogue, conspicuous exposition, inconsequential action and flat, lifeless characters. The author seemingly has no grasp of narrative perspective, hopping the POV between the two main characters of Jack and his Soviet-cliché counterpart Vladimir, nor of natural speech. As an example, here's a dynamic exchange between the two, upon discovering a mysterious signal and digging a hole to find its source."I bet my back will hurt tomorrow," he said, almost triumph [...]

    6. Od knihy, ktorú som si kúpil cez Humble Bundle, som toho veľa neočakával a ako taká ma príjemne prekvapila. Ide už o druhú sci-fi knihu písanú vedcom, čo som čítal a s oboma som bol nadmieru spokojný. Áno bestsellerový autor, by pravdepodobne aj túto knihu dokázal napísať miestami s lepšími dialógmi, opismi, alebo postavami, ale aj napriek tomu ide o veľmi príjemnú knihu o možnom stretnutí s mimozemskou civilizáciou odlišnej od tej našej. Pri väčšine špekulác [...]

    7. The ideas and plot are interesting and compelled me to at least skim my way through the novel. The dialogue is extremely clunky, perhaps because the author originates from Germany and may not be a native English speaker. Parts of the writing read like a translation, and other parts suffer from poor copy editing. I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend unless I knew they had a very specific interest in this type of novel, but I'd be interested in other work by the author if he teamed up with a [...]

    8. 82 percent of the way through, the delicate balance of interesting story vs. stilted writing and grammatical and textual errors is entirely upended when a surge of apathy seems to overtake everyone who worked on this book, editor and author alike. I decided to join them in giving up. I will live the rest of my life not knowing the secrets of the voidd it doesn't bother me one bit.

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