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The Contact Episode One [Kindle Edition]

Albert Sartison
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Book Description


Mankind’s ascendancy is being decided on Jupiter
In the 22nd century, mankind has assimilated the Solar System within the orbits of the inner planets, and is gradually moving further out, beyond the asteroid belt, towards the outer planets. The recently discovered technology of remote manipulation has given people the capability of altering the orbit of planetary-size celestial bodies, laying the foundation of a new era for the human race: the terraforming age. The colonisation of space beyond the limits of the Solar System has become only a matter of time. Soon after the first successful test, changing Mercury’s orbit, a strange object moving from the depths of space towards the centre of the Solar System enters the field of vision of a telescope at an observatory in Chile...

The spacecraft reaches Mercury at the intended time and begins sending signals to determine the precise orbit of the planet. The experiment begins that evening. A command is sent to increase the speed of Mercury from the Experiment Control Centre at the moon base. Three hours later, the International Space Station, scientists at the moon station and also many other groups of scientists on Earth, register an increase in the diameter of Mercury’s orbit round the Sun by two percent. Once the experiment is over, Mercury’s orbit is slowed down to its previous level.

Soon after, a Chilean observatory observes a space object moving from outer space which could potentially collide with Earth. Precise calculations of its flight trajectory are not yet possible because it is so far away, and the orbital telescopes, even those in orbit round the gas giants, are currently being used in support of an experiment testing remote manipulation technology. In view of the low speed of the object, the time for it to reach the Earth’s orbit is estimated as hundreds of years, so a low priority is given to clarifying its trajectory. Nevertheless, the instruction is entered into the central computer for a second observation of the object a week later, to confirm the low priority status.

At the next observation session, the object is not detected. The telescope control system probes the space sectors in the region of the assumed location. The unidentified space body is eventually detected, but its actual position differs greatly from that initially assumed. Following its programmed instructions, the telescope computer corrects the calculation data and raises the priority for finally calculating the trajectory. The third observation session is appointed for 24 hours later.

The third observation session reveals an even greater calculation error. The Chilean telescope’s automatic control system has to notify the scientific personnel...

Editorial Reviews


5***** "This is one of the most realistic sci-fi's that I've ever read, which I absolutely love about it"
--Adrian Evans

4**** "Works really well"
--Paul Lappen for the Kindle Book Review

5***** "We can only hope that, should such an event occur, our government and the powers that be will let people with such knowledge take precedence over the politics of that day."
--Sam McGraner

5***** "Sartison is a master of suspenseful science fiction."
--Meghan, Top 500 reviewer

Product Details

  • File Size: 848 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Sartison; 2 edition (August 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,442 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi fantasy epicness February 27, 2014
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This is one of the most realistic sci-fi's that I've ever read, which I absolutely love about it. The characters are so believable and well-developed that I feel like I know them like they're my best friends. Their actions are reasonable, very real and expected, down-to-earth, which is what I think has to happen in a sci-fi: if everything is so fantastic and different and unreal, then it just gets kind of sappy and it's easy to predict what is supposed to be "unpredictable". But with characters that would act the way I would in the out-there situations in this book, I feel more connected to the environment and the story. Great job with that!

Next the storyline was pretty intense, something I enjoyed very much. The author definitely knows the technology well, and gives very good description of the surroundings and tools they use. All the terms sound right (obviously I'm not going to know everything about it, bet they sound legit lol). I really appreciate that he put all this effort into making it as realistic as possible, especially as I said in these sci-fi situations. There's also some fantasy tied up in it, which was very interesting and fun to read. I like all the mixing of the different sections of the story. The detail was amazing, and like I said it's really nice that there's an author who still knows how to make the book the best it can possibly be instead of getting to the halfway mark and ignoring things that could be fixed. The storyline felt very planned out, no gaps or unexplained bits.

I'm definitely going to be buying the second one, and I can't wait for it to come out. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in a good sci-fi fantasy read! This will be the new biggest series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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“The Contact: Episode One,” written by Albert Sartison, is a phenomenal book that sucks you into a world that opens your imagination. The story is fast-paced, exciting and written in a way that allows readers to get lost exploring the exciting unknowns of the Solar System. The two main characters, Steve and Clive, are passionate about outer space and better understanding what lies beyond planet Earth. For someone with little background in science but a keen interest in sci-fi reading and adventure, this book was absolutely perfect for me. It opened up my mind to just the right amount information to really be able to follow the plotline and enjoy the read.
The novel is based on the story of two advanced science students, Steve and Clive, who focus their studies on topics such as the Solar System and outer space. They are extremely intelligent and knowledgeable in their field of study. Near the beginning of the novel, Steve informs Clive that he saw a foreign object in outer space that had curious characteristics and was following a very unusual trajectory. This is particularly concerning to the two students given that technology was recently discovered that allows humans to manipulate or change the orbit of celestial bodies, an advancement recently proven through a test phase with Mercury. Steve and Clive immediately begin to investigate with the help of their connections in the world of science and the school’s high-tech equipment. Concerned with what they find, the two young men contact the Dean of their faculty. What happens next is exciting and nerve-wracking.
I enjoyed that this book was not only interesting in terms of content, but it is also highly intellectual and detailed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Look Into The Future April 8, 2014
By Jorge
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This bit of science fiction is one of the more compelling reads I’ve had the privilege of reading in a long time. I found that the book flowed like something out of a documentary, with descriptions that were well layered, and progressive. If you closed your eyes for a moment and thought about the reading, you could definitely see the beauty of space, the ideal scope of the story, and how everything falls into place as far as setting is concerned.

The characters are good, and the author focuses on realism in their interactions as well as the intelligence of the story. Nothing is left outside of the reality of high academia, as you will find yourself thinking about a lot of intricate things when reading. Despite the lovely descriptions, you will find a good story of investigation, and fantasy.

If you’re a fan of technically advanced reading, this is for you. It offers a slice of science fiction, but wrapped in a very intellectual package. Even with that, it’s a good read, full of life and thought provoking elements. I like it well enough, and am looking forward to other parts of this series. It almost feels like a mini-series for the Sy Fy channel, the way things are layered and coherent. I recommend it greatly, it’s a solid read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story, but... February 23, 2014
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I will say that the story was pretty awesome: two friends going to university to study science discover an unidentifiable object that keeps changing course so that the computer can't place it correctly. They have really no clue what it is and must ask someone for help... Then things go a little crazy. The author really knows his technology, and explains things in a simple, easy-to-understand way which really helped me out.

The reason it's three stars is because I felt a lot of the narration could have been removed. The detail is spectacular throughout the book, but that's the thing: it's with the whole book. I feel like everything the characters did or felt or heard was put into so much detail, and some things they did that might be important were not. It was good, but I think it's important to know which events to limit this to. Also there were mistakes, mainly grammar but including spelling. The story itself was a great sci-fi, I just think the layout of the book could have been much, much cleaner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars
Working as a astrophysicist can be a rewarding and tedious job. Watching objects circling our solar system is intensive. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Robert T. Locastro
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I really liked this book, just sucks that episode two isn't free. Really pulled me in though and really started the imagination
Published 2 days ago by tamjam76
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly detailed
I really liked the development of futuristic technology in this book. It always gets me thinking about our future and all the amazing thing we could possibly accomplish as a... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Becca Hugh
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Slow moving - BORING!
Published 6 days ago by dallas prothro
4.0 out of 5 stars good characters, a little on the short side
Tight, good characters, a little on the short side, but I understand.
Published 18 days ago by Tracy Coyle
3.0 out of 5 stars EHHH its ok , I have read worse part 1 of 3 same for all 3 "...
Your writing is decent..nothing original or thought provoking or even unexpected..also not sure why you call it an episode when its clearly just a slightly long chapter might as... Read more
Published 25 days ago by robert engle
4.0 out of 5 stars the final frontier?
A great story. I am a big Star Trek fan and exploring the "final frontier" which is space intrigues me greatly. Read more
Published 29 days ago by dabestofthebest
5.0 out of 5 stars Futuristic story about alien contact
The question of how humankind would act when it encounters an alien civilization is an old plot line, but the author of The Contact Episode One portrays it in a way that I really... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This was an intriguing book which took me on a journey into future and I found it to be very well written and described in a vividly imaginative manner. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hailey L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Great story well written. I enjoyed from start to finish.
I really enjoyed the characters. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Published 1 month ago by Chancy Delp
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More About the Author

Albert Sartison first became acquainted with games theory when he was a student. Since then, he has been fascinated by complex multiple-move strategic games in politics and economics. In such situations, the apparent freedom of action of the parties involved is in fact restricted by the bounds of economic and political feasibility, which at times leads to improbable consequences.

The history of modern civilization includes many wars and political and economic crises which began as minor contradictions or local conflicts and escalated into global cataclysms on a planet-wide scale. Man has a highly developed intellect which enables him to assess his actions critically and analyse complex situations. As an individual, he is capable of rational reasoning. Is this applicable to human civilization?

In his first work, "The Contact", the author studies the reaction of the human race to a visit by a mysterious visitor from the remote depths of space. The work is remarkable primarily for its rapid narrative tempo, the fascinating development of events, the realism of the situations and the strategic games between the parties involved: the aliens on one side and the human scientists, politicians and generals on the other.

In "The Contact", against a background of good intentions, a massive conflict looms, threatening to run out of the control of human civilization and end in disaster for it. What were the aliens' intentions in visiting the Solar system? Can mankind survive this event as a developed civilization, or is it foredoomed?


-The Contact Episode One
-The Contact Episode Two
-The Contact Episode Three
-The Contact Episode Four (final episode)

-The Contact: The ascendancy of mankind is being decided on Jupiter (complete "The Contact" series)

-Entangled (short story)

contact the author: QuestionsContactTheBook {at}

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