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A. C. Crispin contributed to V: The Original Miniseries from Tom Doherty Associates.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Matt Bille, author, The First Space Race: Launching the World's First Satellites (Texas A&M, 2004)
The story reads as though you are listening to real conversations, instead of the sometimes stilted, unrealistic character discussions in other books. The feelings of the characters are there on the surface, allowing you, the reader, to engage with them, to feel part of the story, and to care about the characters.
If you are looking for something to get a young teen, or even a feel-good story for an adult, this is it. Look no further. Although once this story is done, the reader will want to find the other books of the series, so you should probably save yourself some time and just buy all of them.
I was not disappointed, and I couldn't put it down. I even read it a second time, which is rare for me, as I normally can't stand reading a book a second time. Sort of like watching a repeat on TV for the 5th time.
In my opinion, the series had raised the bar in what to expect in the SF world. Guns didn't need to be blazing, teeth and claws gnashing, or tentacles grasping, or coils squeezing to resolve the overall conflict in a good sci-fi book.
Rereading the book some 20 odd years later, had both its joys and disappointments. The main characters seemed too prodigal. Then again now days, the prodigy is an overused plot device or clica, so I do have some bias in that area.
Some of the technology is caught up with or surpassed..... reading tablets.... :-) Tapes and cartridges.... This fan wouldn't begrudge some changes in terms for the new readers of the series.
Overall, despite the creaks, graying hair, and blemishes, its still a good first read or 50th, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi first contact.
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I didn't want it to end!
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