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Killer Station Paperback – December 1, 1985

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Baen; First Edition edition (December 1, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671559966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671559960
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,102,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Killer Station is one of the worst science fiction books ever written. I picked this up, in spite of the extravagant title, because of the credentials of Martin Caidin. He's claims to be a scientific consultant to NASA, so I expected an interested, but clearly plausible story. What I got was a story where the science was so bad I wanted to scream. Bad guys have caused a space station to deorbit on a perfect course for a major city. Now, anyone who has followed the decay of satellites or MIR knows you just can't target the landing point that well. Nobody thinks to just push the darn thing until the last minute, when it would be far less effective. And, worst of all, when the station deorbited, the empty shuttle fuel tanks in the same orbit FOLLOWED IT! Yes, when Mr. Caidin needed them for people to escape into, they were right there next to the station, but for some reason were not going to burn up in the atmosphere.
This book is an insult to anyone who likes hard science fiction and should be avoided at all cost.
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I've read this book several times and absolutely love it. It's the story of a space station above earth and the sabotage that takes place and the struggle for survival that ensues. It kept me spell-bound. I hated to put it down. I first read it several years ago and have worn out my copy, but can't find a new one (shucks!). I recommend it highly.
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What can one say about such a book? It is just pathetic. The action (quote unquote) is of the kind: "Oh my God, we have to do something...NOW." The so-called plot is a mishmash of sequential events that are supposed to relate to one another but instead have the quality of a child's tale. "I saw Jerry and then I fed the dog and then mommy said take a nap and then I watched Sesame Street..." unrelated happenings that seem almost random.
Character growth is nil, everyone is bigger than life. The Cold War almost turns hot but in one of the phoniest conversations in modern literature the "President" talks to the Soviet Premium "Filipchenko" and gets the CIA on line and then the KGB gets on line and it's just so awful it's good. Mystery Science Theater 3000 - where are you?
Meanwhile, high above earth, Christy ("too pretty to be a scientist") and Logan ("her man") Sam and Hammil and Rush run around wildly, facing more predicaments than Job but without conversations with the Almighty. It all ends with Christy declaring she always wanted to "have the first baby born on the moon". Hand me some Tylenol...NOW!
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By A Customer on July 10, 2001
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Like other Martin Caidin books, the setting is based on solid, well researched data. The story line is about a space station dealing with solar activity and sabotage. The setting is quite realistic, although references to the USSR are dated.The scientific speculation is quite plausible. The plot moves fairly quickly. I have read this book a few times and enjoyed it.
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Martin Caidin has written another hit novel!!!!! Well-rounded characters, believable plot and appropriate settings. Proving that, once again, he's a master at writing science fiction as well as non-fiction novels
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