Narrator: Ian Sorensen
Published by Self Published / Indie on 4 June 2015
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
Genres: Hard Science Fiction, Science Fiction, Science Thriller
Source: Author, Submitted
When mankind toys with nature, nature fights back.
Astronaut Ted "Shakespeare" Hardiston is setting off on the adventure of a lifetime that will take him the rest of his life. He reluctantly leaves behind his wife, an android/human hybrid, to command the first base on the surface of the moon.
Ted and the crew of space shuttle Liberty complete their mission, gifting the Moon with gravity and an atmosphere. In doing so, they cause mass destruction on the Earth below.
By Ted's side during this ordeal is Codie-5, another hybrid and a genetic duplicate of Ted's wife. Ted, Codie, and the crew must work fast and make sacrifices to save the world.
©2015 Jennifer Anne Seidler (P)2015 Jennifer Anne Seidler
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In the not-too-distant future, the United States is in decline. NASA is barely functioning and in need of international help to get grand ideas like colonizing the moon accomplished. A small group of humans give up their lives on earth to start the process of readying the moon with gravity and atmosphere. They are accompanied by one android on their journey and others waiting for them on the moon. Androids are virtually indistinguishable from humans and many humans have chosen them as mates.
This novella is generally entertaining, though somewhat confusing when it comes to certain important ideas; one being why do they have to give up their lives on Earth. We never understand why, the moon being pretty close after all. The science is really, really messy too. They turn on atmosphere generators and wham, there is breathable air on the moon AND Earth-equivalent gravity. Uh really, no one saw this as a problem (forget the improbability)? The moon might get pulled into the Earth, for example.
Anyway that annoying science stuff aside, there are plenty of steamy sex scenes between Ted and his android wife where he puts his “sex” inside her “warmth.” Sounds kind of like stirring soup. The interaction between the captain and Ted is always contentious, but we aren’t given any reason why.
The story is read by Ian Sorensen, who does an adequate job. His accents are good and his characterizations seem appropriate.
The book is entertaining enough, but the lack of explanation of so many important data leaves the listener doubting everything. Why the moon, why is this project so important, why risk the safety of the Earth, why can’t they come home, why can’t others go to them, why is the science so sketchy, and more. It feels more like an outline of a story. Just one listener’s opinion.
The audio includes a short story after the novella.
Note: probably not appropriate for young teens due to the graphic sex scenes.
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