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The Frozen Sky (the Europa Series Book 1) by [Carlson, Jeff]
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"Pulse pounding." -Publishers Weekly

"
I'm hooked." -Larry Niven

"
This is his best book yet." -Allen Steele

"
Highly recommended." -Seanan McGuire

"
Nothing short of amazing." -David Marusek

About the Author

Jeff Carlson is the international bestselling author of Plague Year, Long Eyes, Interrupt and The Frozen Sky. To date, his work has been translated into sixteen languages worldwide.

His new novel is Frozen Sky 3: Blindsided.

Readers can find free excerpts, videos, contests, and more on his website at jverse.com

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  • File Size: 3836 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: JVE (January 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009GLM5LG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeff Carlson has outdone himself with this expansion on his novella. Pure Science Fiction goodness. Had me spellbound from beginning to end. The tech is realistic, the aliens are...well alien, not just anthropomorphized characters that don't look quite human. Carlson's portrayal of corporate greed is spot on with our current culture. My favorite science fiction novel in recent memory.
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The Frozen Sky has the best alien race I've read in a long, long time. Jeff Carlson's "Sunfish" are superb in every way, and far superior to those of many mainstream science-fiction writers. He has a rapid-fire, "can't put it down" plot, wonderful aliens, a crippled AI, a protagonist who makes human and horrible mistakes but keeps on trying, and a believable near-future history. What's not to like here?

Buy it now, but don't start it unless you have to both finish it and sleep, because "just-one-more-page" syndrome _will_strike.
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I just bought this book on a lark for reading fodder and was *so* surprised when this turned out to be a tense, hard-science, gritty and amazingly-realistic first contact story. Now THIS is what I call science fiction featuring *real* aliens with an exotic and obtuse alien culture. More than 90% of the kindle SF books are crappy soap, oops, space opera. The Frozen Sky is a shining oasis in the desert!
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Jeff Carlson does his homework. All of his science is based on very real expectations of technology in the next century, and his fiction is page turning suspense. From interplanetary travel to the basic cultural assumptions of humans in a First Contact scenario, this book delivers on every page.

I have not read the short story of the same title, nor will I having read the full length novel.

If you want a low cost, high reward science fiction novel to spend a weekend on ( I took closer to a week, but that Calculus doesn't do itself, nor do my dogs walk themselves ) I would highly recommend both The Frozen Sky, and Plague Year, another of Carlson's delightfully energetic and dramatic novels.
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I bought the kindle version of this book based on the strength of its very high rating from the majority of readers. However I seem to be in the minority of readers as I think it's dreadful!

The basic story is ok if somewhat unoriginal - think of a second rate Star Trek Next Generation episode. The characters are one dimensional such that you struggle to differentiate one from the other, and the main character Vonnie is annoying and unlikeable, with her self righteous, arrogant attitude.

The planet itself is poorly described, the whole AI / Lam thing a bit of a mystery as to how it actually happened, and I only know what a sunfish looks like because there was a handy picture on one of the pages half way through.

All in all I thought it was rubbish.
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Read the short story and I really liked it. Thought I would give the novel a try.
Some short stories should just stay that way.
I am sure Mr. Carlson is a fine writer, but this novel is just horrible.
Let's just say you land on a planet or moon and find life for the first time. Finally we are not alone!!
What would be the first thing you do?
Kill it and try to extract its DNA to potentially make super soliders ? Well then you would love this story.
I really liked the characters, they lacked personality, empathy or any qualities you would like to find in real people to keep the story moving.
Story moving? Good luck.
I suggest reading in bed because this book works faster than nyquil.
The only saving grace? I think I paid $1.99.
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Strange novel. Great premise, decent characters, tons of science, great imagination, but ultimately it didn't really add up, and the ending was an unexpected fizzle. To make a long story short: Life on earth has advanced significantly. We're now profitably mining Jupiter's moon Europa. We have space suits that are out-of-this-world (!) advanced. They walk for you, run for you, feed you and carry out extensive medical repairs on you when you're injured. They fight for you while they repair you. They continue to work, walk, run, repair even when you're exhausted/half-dead. They're highly intelligent. They analyse, they compute, they code, hack, learn, advise. They interface with personal mem files, with AI, with anything.

Which is to say, we've come a long way, baby. And so what happens when life is discovered on Europa? Well, it appears we ain't so advanced after all. We send in an advanced team of three highly intelligent scientists, picked from millions of candidates, who land, immediately circumvent orders, get into trouble and then the whole first contact thing kind of goes kablooey.

It was a bit hard to swallow, frankly. The advanced team is followed by a few other teams with more administrators, techies, etc., from several space agencies, most notably from Europe and Brazil, and they spend time spying on each other, hacking each other's systems, creating and breaking alliances, disobeying orders, goofing with the suits back on earth, profiting from the nine-minute communications delay with home, etc. It's actually good reading, but it just isn't very believable. The greatest event in history - the finding of life on another planet/moon - and all we do is screw up in a very amateurish way.
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