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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1467953024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1467953023
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,512,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

M R Cates is a physicist who's spent many hours in laboratories making measurements using fascinating gadgets like lasers, optical fibers, interferometers, video systems, spectrometers, and the like. In his writing he likes to take advantage of this professional background, but only insofar as to make the stories more plausible and more entertaining. What he really wants to bring to his readers is a group of wonderful characters who come to life on the page and enter the memories of those who read about their exploits. He is making a deal with those readers: here's a story you will like and characters you can relate to, and in the reading, both are now yours, interpreted through your marvelous, unique mind to create something special that no one else on earth has.

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The storyline is a truly compelling.
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It is simply the best SF novel I have read this century.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Buy this book. Begin reading it. You will thank me, I tell my friends, and I mean it.
If you are like me you will keep thinking The Asteroid will at some point slow down, will quit being a pageturner - but it won't happen. I stayed up late, found excuses to read it, couldn't put this one down. Fast moving, yes--an asteroid that comes to perch in orbit near earth, what to do, who to lead what action; with sibling relations, political relations, the poignancy of 'accepting the inevitable in order to achieve the possible'--and string theory woven in--I hated this book to end. Now I have a sense for the gestalt of the imagination of little green men [sic] and a longing for Texas chardonnay-- can't wait for the next book by this author!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William A. Coghlan on July 27, 2012
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The AsteroidI bought "The Asteroid" by M R Cates on July 14, its publication date. I put aside several books I was already reading, and read the first 11 chapters at my first sitting. The book remained exciting from beginning to end. I finished it and now I am waiting for future books by M R Cates.

The characters were believable; the physics was believable; and the food mentioned showed me that the author had probably visited restaurants in all the places mentioned.
I did take time from my reading to consider questions like the following. Could this physics be possible? Could these concepts tie science and religion together? Would our government allow such a story to continue this way or would we react violently and have that act destroy the earth.

Many books I read are interesting or funny or exciting--only a few will cause me to try and relate the story to life and cause me to return to the story long after I have finished the book. Some authors come to mind who do that for me--Neal Stephenson, Ayn Rand, and Jared Diamond. I think the list puts M R Cates in very good company.

I will tell my friends about the book and recommend it. I rate the book 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles Laughlin on January 28, 2013
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This damned book cost me three late nights and subsequent loss of sleep. It is simply the best SF novel I have read this century. Cates is a physicist turned novelist who thankfully turned is attention to a near future, first contact story that is rich with compelling characters and constantly building tension. Without getting into the plot, which is quite unique, what made this book so interesting to me was the solid physics on the science side of the fiction. The author uses current quantum theories of the energetic vacuum, zero-point energy models and so forth. Interesting propulsion possibilities, and a fine, thought provoking distributed form of intelligence and consciousness. A fabulous read, but not for those who can't put novels down late at night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 12, 2012
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This riveting, fast paced book like all good science fiction explores what it is to be human, what lies in the future for us, and how we are to deal with the unknown that looms ahead. Many of us presume that technology will continue to progress and coupled with the knowledge that there is an immense cosmos out there, we long to engage it to answer the question "Are we alone?" This book delves into that mystery.

There was something about the book that called to my mind the 1960's television science fiction show "The Outer Limits". The twenty years prior to that included spectacular technology advances that changed how we viewed ourselves and oriented us to the future and the implications of technology. The advances included the development of the atomic bomb and atomic power, rocket science that placed people into orbit, and television to communicate and stimulate speculation about our future world and worlds that could be. I was a kid caught up in this excitement and The Outer Limits (OL) fed the thirst for such. While the book happily evoked some of those same feelings and memories of wonder, it lacked the gloom and foreboding of OL which quite often was critical of the human race and its antics. The pessimistic, dystopian visions of OL, 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 have their place and might rightly be considered an important part of the Spiritual Formation of present society. The Asteroid, on the other hand, is positive and the reader has a sense of this. We are provided with the author's view of how humans can be good natured and act rationally when confronted with the unknown and can work cooperatively, unselfishly to everyone's benefit. The main character is guided by curiosity and wonder and is a role model in that regard.
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this is such a great story, and the science behind it (at least up to the end part) are very much based on real science and the scientific process.....I love stories like this, historical science fiction is my favorite. wonderfully told story....great descriptions, and character development.

This would be a 5 if it were not for the atrocious editing. if I was the author of this book, I would fire and never use these editors again. If this is the fault of the publisher, I would fire them also. The book has so many instances if poor grammar and incorrect word usage throughout. Clearly it was put through spell check, which changed words into totally other words, that often had the opposite meaning of what was intended. Incorrect verb tenses used, along with incorrect conjugations, and just plain wrong words were not caught........whomever proofed this shoild be ashamed of themselves.......interestlingy the science portions were very well proofed and checked it seems, it is the other portions that are so poorly written edited in places.
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