Written by a highly regarded expert on space travel and exploration, Allen Steele's "Arkwright "features the precision of hard science fiction with a compelling cast of characters. In the vein of classic authors such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C.Read more...
Written by a highly regarded expert on space travel and exploration, Allen Steele's "Arkwright "features the precision of hard science fiction with a compelling cast of characters. In the vein of classic authors such as Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke, Nathan Arkwright is a seminal author of the twentieth century. At the end of his life he becomes reclusive and cantankerous, refusing to appear before or interact with his legion of fans. Little did anyone know, Nathan was putting into motion his true, timeless legacy.
Convinced that humanity cannot survive on Earth, his Arkwright Foundation dedicates itself to creating a colony on an Earth-like planet several light years distant. Fueled by Nathan's legacy, generations of Arkwrights are drawn together, and pulled apart, by the enormity of the task and weight of their name.
This is classic, epic science fiction and engaging character-driven storytelling, which will appeal to devotees of the genre as well as fans of current major motion pictures such as "Gravity "and "Interstellar. "
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-02-01
- Reviewer: Staff
Golden-age science fiction writer Nathan Arkwright, along with a select group of friends, has a dream of sending humanity into the far reaches of space. His vision plays out across generations in a story that focuses too much on family dynamics and too little on the incredibly cool concepts in the background. When discussing the practical science used to ground the efforts of the Arkwright family, Hugo Award–winning author Steele (V-S Day) shows off his strengths. However, he hamstrings himself by insisting on repeated variations of the girl-meets-boy trope while a colony ship is being built. That leaves important discussions such as “What if something goes wrong?” and “Should we even be doing this?” by the wayside. Similarly, difficulties on the road to progress are dispatched without significant conflict, and all of the opponents to the project are ridiculous buffoons. The final pages offer an intriguing look at space colonization, but there’s not enough room to explore the concept, leaving readers wanting more than this meandering, name-dropping entry provides. (Mar.)