You can't militarize space. This one rule has led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. However, increasing resource scarcity and a changing climate on Earth's surface is causing some interested parties to militarize, namely India, the North American Union, and the Sinese Federation.Read more...
You can't militarize space. This one rule has led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. However, increasing resource scarcity and a changing climate on Earth's surface is causing some interested parties to militarize, namely India, the North American Union, and the Sinese Federation.
The discovery of a strange artifact by Dr. Alayna Wong precipitates a crisis. What appears to be a hitherto undiscovered comet is soon revealed to be an alien structure on a cometary trajectory toward the sun. Now there is a race between countries to see who can study and control the artifact dubbed the "Solar Express" before it perhaps destroys itself.
Leading the way for the North American Union is Alayna's friend, Captain Christopher Tavoian, one of the first shuttle pilots to be trained for combat in space. But, as the alien craft gets closer to its destination, it begins to alter the surface of the sun in strange new ways, ways that could lead Alayna to revolutionary discoveries-provided Chris can prevent war from breaking out as he navigates among the escalating tensions between nations.
Solar Express is a thrilling, new, hard science fiction novel from New York Times bestselling author L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-09-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Alayna Wong-Grant, lone astrophysicist at a telescopic array on the dark side of the Moon, spots an object moving in a cometary orbit but with unnatural properties, including high reflectivity and traces of silver. Capt. Chris Tavoian, a Moon-based military pilot and Alaynas pen pal, volunteers for a hazardous mission to pilot a short-range spacecraft to the object. The object initially gets the unlikely official classification of asteroid, but as it gets closer to the sunand speeds up, hence being named Solar ExpressAlayna and Chris realize it is something much stranger. They need to join forces to figure out its secrets and keep Chris alive on his mission. Modesitt, better known for his epic fantasy (the Saga of Recluce), approaches the story slowly and methodically, revealing only tiny pieces at a time. The Solar Express itself is less interesting than Alayna and Chriss letters to each other and their back-and-forth over the object, but theres sufficient mystery and plenty of solid science. (Nov.)