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The Belarian Initiative: The Epic Story of an Advanced Civilization and Its Encounter with Earth Paperback – December 12, 2011
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About the Author
Bill Williams was born and raised in Clinton, Kentucky, attended Murray State University for two years, then transferred to the University of Kentucky, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1967.
After graduation, Bill joined NASA at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where he worked as a systems engineer, NASA Test Director, Convoy Commander, and Technology Transfer Manager, on the Apollo Program, Apollo-Soyuz Program, Skylab Program, Viking-Mars Program, and the Space Shuttle Program. He met his wife, Sandy, in California while working on the Space Shuttle Approach and Landing Test Program in 1976.
Bill retired from NASA in January of 2001 after 34 years of government service and moved to Australia with Sandy and their son, Jonathan. Sandy is a native Australian and wished to return to her homeland. While in Australia, they purchased a home in Croydon, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, and a small farm in South Gippsland near the small town of Leongatha. After three years, they returned to Florida. In June of 2012, Bill and his family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where Sandy took a position with the Air Force on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
After 2 years working there, Sandy took a job with the Health Dept. in Howell, MI, where they now love.
While writing this novel, Bill drew on his years of experience with NASA and his life-long love of science fiction, and modeled many of the characters after co-workers and a childhood friend. Those people will recognize their personalities as they surface throughout the novel. After keeping this work on the back burner for 30 years, Bill began writing in August of 2009 and finished five months later.
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In terms of the story there Is nothing to be added to what Is a very good summary, if you are a star trek fan or would enjoy an optimistic view of a future first contact scenario you will enjoy this book.
When the Belarians find the first spacefaring species after an 800 year search and it happens to be little old us with our feeble first steps it was interesting to read the scenario unfold from both sides point of view, to often first contacts are written only from the human view.
There is plenty of technology 'borrowed' from the trek universe warp drive and teleportation being some of them, the dialog between the future human captain and his crew when after issuing flight instructions for the starship he said 'engage' and was given a knowing smirk in reply was well done and funny.
Good characters (on both sides) and a well written story, iam surprised this book had only the 1 review at this point, deserves a lot more and as the other reviewer said I hope this is the first of many in a new interesting universe.
Highly recommended (if you don't mind the lack of sleep)
If the writing and dialog were tightened up it would be rather good.
Basically a fun, simple read if you can ignore the implausibility of such a perfect universe. (But, loved all the Star Trek TNG references!)
Reading this story is about as compelling as asking a man in solitary confinement "How was your day?" The answer may drone on and on, but you will know the whole story in the first few seconds. After that, it's just the same crud over and over again.