Book Review: Solar Express by L. E. Modesitt Jr. (Four Stars)

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Book Review: Solar Express by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

Four Stars

“Too many people get too passionate about too little, and not excited about what matters.”

First contact, sort of. Good, hard science fiction. The type that encourages the reader to reflect on the science, rather than the fiction. Don’t reflect too long, however because there are a few technical groaners. (see quibbles) Wanted to give it five because it’s so good, but between Modesitt’s pontificating and the orbital dynamics, couldn’t. Gets an “A” for effort.

“Human beings talk about sharing knowledge while doing their best to hide it or get it first.”

Both protagonists are well-drawn, engaging people, who have different backgrounds and interest, but who from a chance meeting end up making both a scientific breakthrough and a chance to save mankind as well as themselves.

“Truth is a judgment placed on the facts, not the facts themselves. True scientists try to avoid using the word ‘truth.’”

Quibbles: Way too easy. Decides to intercept an object streaking toward the sun, strap two shuttles orbiting the moon together, and does so. Wait! What about the orbital inclination? Transferring from the orbital plane of the earth, to the solar, to the inclination of the object? The power, consumables, hard points, etc.? All waved away. Using “lunar centric, when he meant lunar synchronous.

“The universe could care less, and one way or another, the future … will forget.”