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Brown is at the height of his powers." - Stephen Baxter

About the Author

Born in West Yorkshire, England in 1960, Brown has lived in Australia, India, and Greece. He began writing when he was fifteen and sold his first short story to Interzone in 1986. His story “The Time-Lapsed Man” won the Interzone readers’ roll for the most admired story of 1988. He has won the British Science Fiction Award twice for his short stories and has published over twenty books: SF novels, collections, books for teenagers and younger children, as well as radio plays, articles and reviews. His latest books include the collection Threshold Shift, the novella The Extraordinary Voyage of Jules Verne, and the children's book Crazy Love. He is married to the writer and mediaevalist Finn Sinclair, and has one daughter, Freya. He lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. His website can be found at: : http://ericbrownsf.port5.com/
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Solaris; First Edition edition (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844164721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844164721
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,126,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By vortexreader on July 2, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There is so much wrong with Helix but there is also much to like. The central conceit of the story - that there is a huge, helical structure that houses thousands of cylindrical worlds - would lead one to expect a 'hard' SF novel but that isn't the case. The titular helix is a feat of imagination and not one of engineering and Brown clearly has no idea (or concern for) how or why it was built or even why the structure is a helix rather than any other shape. His characters are lazy constructions that rely on silly coincidences to generate personalities. The background stories pad out the tale to no effect. Pages of set up regarding Hendry's daughter all come to nought. The Kaluchek/Olembe dynamic is played out over 500 pages and then negates itself when the basis of their conflict is discovered to be false. These are all faults that could have been resolved with some editorial direction and the excision of a hundred or so pages.

The curious thing is that, even with all these gripes, Helix is enjoyable. It's fast paced, cinematic and wondrous. The reader is carried along at such a rate that faults are smoothed over due to the sheer speed of the narrative.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Travel Reader on June 11, 2009
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When I read the back cover of "Helix," I was intrigued. The idea of a helix-shaped system around a central sun, a marooned crew making their way from world to world in search of a home and the meaning behind it all: well, it had a lot of potential.

And that is the lasting impression I got from the book. It had so much potential, had the material been in the hands of a better writer. Brown could have used the journey up the helix in a metaphorical fashion to explore his themes of environmentalism and humanity; he could have created a multi-book saga and explored many different worlds; he could fleshed out his characters against the backdrop of hardship, loss, and adventure. He could have provided the reader with stunning vistas of new worlds. But he does none of these things. It seemed like the lazy way out to me, as if his editor told him, "You have ten days to write a novel, and you need to write it to the level of a teenager."

The sloppy copyediting and proofreading was distracting. I found the characters to be one-dimensional, with backstories tacked on almost as an afterthought and not doing a single thing to enrich the story. Even the ending was a big anti-climax, and the great mystery surrounding the Helix was like a cobbling-together of old stories that we've all heard before.

If you are looking for meaningless entertainment, then the book is in fact fast-paced. But do not expect a great book.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sci-Fi Doug on July 5, 2007
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Okay, I've read the negative reviews about this book. So, I wasn't expecting much. But, I really liked this book. Yes, there are some scientific flaws here and there. However, remember this is science fiction not science fact.

I just couldn't put this book down. I read on the way to vacation to Bermuda and figured I'd read the rest on the way back. But, I kept reading and reading it on vacation until I was done. The pace is fast and touching at times. The story is very imaginative and had me thinking about humanity.

So, I won't repeat what others have already stated, but read it and find out for yourself.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on May 31, 2007
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In the future, humanity destroys the Earth with their constant wars and by ravaging the land without giving anything back. Earth's end is in site. The European Space Organization (ESO) secretly builds a vast colony ship (named the Lovelock), trains key personnel to crew it, and readies over four thousand coldsleep pods for the humans chosen to begin life anew on another world. Terrorists object to anyone leaving Earth, thus ESO must keep everything as secret as possible. With only minor interference, the Lovelock launches, taking with it the only real hope the human race has for survival.

Five hundred light-years later (one thousand years standard Earth time), Lovelock is torn apart by a series of explosions. A skeleton crew is awakened from coldsleep and they must scramble to save the frozen colonists by crash landing on the nearest possible location: a polar section of a Helix - a vast, spiral construct of worlds, wound about a G-type sun. While most of the colonists remain in coldsleep, the four surviving crew members of the Lovelock proceed up-spiral in search of a habitable section. They will encounter extraordinary and vast landscapes, alien races, and begin unraveling the mystery of who created the helix.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on another tier of the helix, a race resembling lemurs has been under the control of the Church for millennia. The Church is all-powerful and makes all decisions for the people. Ehrin Telsa, owner of Telsa Dirigible Company, mans an expedition of the western plains for usable resources. Of course, the Church sends a representative with them, Elder Cannak.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben Klausner on August 20, 2008
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As another reviewer said, there is a lot to like in the author's style. Unfortunately, his knowledge of technology is pitiful, and this is critical in a science fiction novel. Some examples: Humanity's very first extra-solar colony ship goes 500 light years to look for a habitable planet? When the ship comes apart at near-lightspeed (for no reason ever revealed), the crew says they are a parsec from the nearest star system. Minutes later, they hit the atmosphere. At near-lightspeed. They then proceed to survive a landing with no propulsion system. And so on... I won't even attempt to go into the engineering issues of the actual helix.

The aliens in the story are so culturally humanoid, their furry or scaly skins don't matter. The interactions between the humans are stereotyped and mechanical. The crew of humans is so small and acts so improbably, it beggars the imagination. And as for the convenient "enhancements" of one crew member who learns alien languages after hearing about two sentences, why not just use magic spells?

The plot jumps from scenario to scenario, with only the most coincidentally convenient linkages. When the ending comes, it is so lame and predictable, it must have come only because the required number of pages had been reached.

Maybe Mr. Brown should stick to fantasies.
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