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The Aurora Paperback – November 15, 2011
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looking forward to the sequels
Some examples of poor sci-fi:
-In one case, a ship leaves Earth to get to a massive planet called Lavmino, which is .6 light years from Earth. It also has a nearby sun, which should make it an extra-solar system. But, the nearest solar system to Earth is just over 4 light years away! According to one NASA definition, the solar system goes out to where the sun's gravity is balanced by that of other stars, some 2 light years away, placing Lavmino in our system.
-The home planet (not Lavmino) is described as being on the far side of the galaxy, some 16,000 light years from Earth. But the Milky Way is at least 100,000 light years across (up to 200,000 if you count outliers) and Earth is about 27,000 light years from its center. Thus the far side would start 27,000 light years away and if the author really meant the "far side", add another 100,000+/- light years to that. 16,000 doesn't fit in any case.
-In explaining how the ship is propelled, a vortex of plasma is specified as rotating at "infinite speed". To which I ask, "Huh? How fast is that? Wouldn't centrifugal forces formula pull it apart?". In another misuse of "infinite", a cylinder is described as having "an infinite number of coloured dots on it", but that could be hyperbole for dramatic effect.
Thoroughly enjoyed it. Characters were 3 dimensional and you cared what happened to them.
I was really surprised that I love this book. He its science fiction so all the stuff don't have to match. I like the drama, battles and romance. Just downloaded the next aurora book and hope I enjoy it as much as this one!