Star Dragon

Star Dragon The SS Cygni probe sent back hours of video captured by the Biolathe AI but only a few minutes mattered the four minutes that showed a creature made of fire living moving dancing in the plasma f

  • Title: Star Dragon
  • Author: Mike Brotherton Michael Brotherton
  • ISBN: 9780765307583
  • Page: 348
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The SS Cygni probe sent back hours of video, captured by the Biolathe AI, but only a few minutes mattered the four minutes that showed a creature made of fire, living , moving, dancing in the plasma fire of the double star s accretion disk A dragon made of star stuff, so alien that only a human expedition to observe and perhaps capture it, could truly understand them.It The SS Cygni probe sent back hours of video, captured by the Biolathe AI, but only a few minutes mattered the four minutes that showed a creature made of fire, living , moving, dancing in the plasma fire of the double star s accretion disk A dragon made of star stuff, so alien that only a human expedition to observe and perhaps capture it, could truly understand them.It s a perilous journey into the future, however, for SS Cygni is 245 light years from Earth, and even though only two years subjective time will pass on board the Karamojo, the crew will return to an Earth where five hundred years have passed Captain Lena Fang doesn t care she has made her life on her ship, where her best friend is the ship s AI Samuel Fisher, the contract exobiologist,doesn t care, either He is making the voyage of a lifetime and in the small world of the Karamojo he will have to live with the consequences of his obsessive quest for knowledge The rest of the small crew Axel Henderson, the biosystems engineer Sylvia Devereaux, the beautiful physical sciences expert and Phil Stearn, the ship s jack of all trades have their own reasons for saying good bye to everyone they have ever known As the Biolathe AI said, uncertain five hundred year round trips don t attract the most stable personalities, but somehow they ll have to learn to get along with each other, if they re to catch their dragon and come home again.For at the end of the journey is the star dragon a creature of fire with a nuclear furnace for heart The crew of the Karamojo human and AI alike will risk everything to capture it, and it will take all their technology, all their skill, and courage than they knew they had, to come home alive.

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    1. A long distance probe has captured footage of a mysterious moving object in the accretion disc of a collapsed star. It seems to be an energy being. An exploration spaceship travels across the stars to capture this interstellar phenomenon, dubbed a “Star Dragon”. The story played out against the background of the mission is a psychological drama starring the five human and one AI crewmembers of the ship. Adding to the poignancy of their fate is the fact that the ship travels close to the spee [...]

    2. Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for the book. If you’re bound and determined to read this book, you may want to bypass this review.This book was pretty painful to read. I didn’t like any of the characters, the story wasn’t all that interesting, and there were a lot of errors with extra words being inserted into sentences where they didn’t belong and other words missing altogether. I didn’t count the number of errors, but I would be surprised if there were less than 50. At [...]

    3. “Star Dragon” (Tor, $26.95, 448 pages) is an old-school book. The two protagonists are manly men, heroic men, though the younger has no idea what to do with relationships – but he does occasionally think about them. The older one has to abandon his family to go off and try to save the world (literally), and does so with regret. Once embarked on the mission, though, he’s much more focused on figuring out how to control a star that shoots at its own planets and their moons.This is Mike Bro [...]

    4. Mike Brotheron's "Star Dragon" is heavy on tech/science/astronomy, and I admit I sometimes had trouble following all of the information that was being thrown at me. But given Brotherton's training in astronomy and his passion for his field, I had no doubt that his material was dead on.It's been years since I last read Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea," and I haven't (yet) read "Moby Dick." Brotherton's "Star Dragon" echoes both of these powerful tales in the relentless pursuit of prey, and t [...]

    5. I never though I'd need to combine bookshelves for both Dragons and Sci-fi!Basic Outline: - A probe sent to SS Cygni records 4 minutes of what looks to be a dragon in the accretion disk of the double stars 245 light years away. A ship is sent to investigate and attempt to bring a dragon back with them. While 2 years will pass for the crew members, nearly 500 years will have passed on Earth.I couldn't resist this as a free download, I've gone on a bit of a download frenzy recently and have a lot [...]

    6. Hard scifi with great potential that falls short for me in a few crucial areas, namely writing and characterization. The writing style needs more finesse, and the science parts frequently sound too textbook-like. Brotherton is best when he invents things rather than describes real physical phenomena. For example, the opening chapter inside the bio-AI-corporation was very interesting, and the description of the space wisps grabbed my imagination. But when it came to real physical phenomena, they [...]

    7. (Let me get one thing out of the way. It doesn't actually affect my enjoyment of the novel, but Star Dragon is a lousy title. Your first impression of a book should not be that this is a 1950s/1960s Andre Norton juvenile, unless of course it is actually written by Andre Norton. Thank you.)You don't see many hard SF books these days ("hard" meaning where the existing known physical laws of science haven't been overturned and the author makes every attempt to play fair with them), but Brotherton h [...]

    8. Started reading Ebooks lately, due to the traveling, and to the fact that I don't really see myself carrying tons and tons of books with me as I travel this beautiful planet of ours. It's absolutely amazing to me to have access to almost all the books ever published in electronic format. Seems to me that we are definitely getting ready for a life in outer space, lightening our load as we take our spirits (so far) out of this solar system, and dive into the unending universe. About this book thou [...]

    9. Just what I needed after a seemingly endless string of fantasy and paranormal books - an old school, Analog style, hard-SF adventure with some great Big Science concepts. The centerpiece are the titular dragons, life forms discovered in the accretion disk of SS Cygni, and the expedition/safari to bag one and bring it back. Along the way there's an interesting approach to wormhole-powered slower-than-light travel, and AI based on the personality of Ernest Hemingway, and an Earth future totally tr [...]

    10. When people can travel to the far reaches of the galaxy and can change their bodies and live nearly forever, what will give them reason to get up in the morning? How about the chance to be the first to study possibly intelligent alien life? Solving the mystery of the star dragons is worth leaving everything and everyone the characters have ever known behind forever--or is it? Each character has their own reasons for taking this journey that will test their psychological and scientific adaptabili [...]

    11. Books like this are amazing. The world-building is fantastic, the best kind of world is one you never would have thought of. In this world, bio-tech has been mastered: humans modify there body's to there whims -- from mind-mods that let you stay awake for days to Frisbees attached to your finger. There are people with feathery pink fingers and ear-frills. And the office buildings are alive. Set in this world, one ship sets out at relativistic speeds for a star 250 light-years away. When they get [...]

    12. I wasn't sure when it started out but it soon drew me in. It has a lot of interesting ideas and the characters rotated and were just crazy enough to keep me going. At first I thought the crew of 5 all a bit off. But as the book points out in the beginning, anyone that would trade 500 Earth years to go to deep space must be at least a little bit odd. The Moby Dick references swam well and I thought I was going to hate the computer with the Ernest Hemingway personality but like the characters it g [...]

    13. I found this book a little hard to get into. It's well written and easy to read but I found myself regularly going back over parts I had just read in order to figure out what had just happened. It's probably just me but it ruined the flow and thus I was not really able to get into the story - the premise of which is excellent.

    14. While this book is interesting in the use of science, some of the details are almost to out there. Some of the forms of science used are over the top, while I cannot discount the possibility of them actually happening, it is still somewhat difficult to suspend doubt. Now, don't be afraid to give this book a read, it is a very good book, just needs suspension of doubt in quantity.

    15. This book could have used a little more proofreading: clangers like "half a millennia" are just jarring. But it combines a hard sf storyline with good character development. Spoiler alert; there are two biologists in the crew of five. How come I figured out that there was an egg fifty pages before either of them do? Still, a good read.

    16. Great concept but the execution was not as stellar. I wanted to like the characters but they were sufficiently dysfunctional as to be problematicd I felt the punches got pulled in the case of Henderson, for one. But quite workmanlike and a solid old-style hard sf book. Definitely a product of its era (2005).

    17. Some really exciting action pieces but I am not sure it was totally intentional that all the characters acted like mentally disturbed teenagers even though some were hundreds of years old. Yes this kind of trip does not bring out the most stable people, but their was some really questionable judgement here. It seemed like it was trying to be profound, but that aspect fell flat for me.

    18. I would give this 2.5 stars if I could. It had a great "hard" sf basis, and a potentially decent storyline. However, the characterizations were poor, unfortunately, in my opinion. It wasn't a horrible read, but definitely not a keeper for my library, either.

    19. The writing reminds me a lot of Poul Anderson. It tries to look like hard scifi, even if I am not very convinced by the specific technobabble in it, but that could just be me. Not bad, not world-changing.

    20. Not a bad book, but it was missing something that I couldn't quite put my finger on that stopped it from being truly great. Still entertaining and fairly well done all the way around, though. Worth a read if you're a hardcore SF fan.

    21. Chairbeasts, ruglings, and bedbeasts?! I never imagined the future could be so 'organic'! Mike Brotherton's characters are believable, and the setting is fantastic. Best of all, this book is available for free! I read it on my Android phone using the Aldiko app (another great find).

    22. The story was interesting, and so were the characters. I wish the author would have spent less time with romantic relationships. I felt those were superfluous to the story. That's one of the main reasons I like the books in the young adult genre much better.

    23. I liked this book, but I only gave it three stars because it has a lot of swearing. If swearing isn't something that bothers you, than read it, it is very interesting!

    24. 3.5/5I went back and forth in my opinions of this book, but it's a well written if slightly too-human-ridiculous on an interpersonal level.

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