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Star Dragon de Mike Brotherton
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Star Dragon (edição: 2005)

de Mike Brotherton (Autor)

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The SS Cygni probe sent back hours of video, captured by the Biolathe AI, but only a few minutes mattered--the four minutes that showed a creature made of fire, living, moving, dancing in the plasma fire of the double star's accretion disk. A dragon made of star stuff, so alien that only a human expedition to observe and perhaps capture it, could truly understand them. It's a perilous journey into the future, however, for SS Cygni is 245 light- years from Earth, and even though only two years' subjective time will pass on board the Karamojo, the crew will return to an Earth where five hundred years have passed. Captain Lena Fang doesn't care--she has made her life on her ship, where her best friend is the ship's AI. Samuel Fisher, the contract exobiologist, doesn't care, either. He is making the voyage of a lifetime and in the small world of the Karamojo he will have to live with the consequences of his obsessive quest for knowledge. The rest of the small crew--Axel Henderson, the biosystems engineer; Sylvia Devereaux, the beautiful physical sciences expert; and Phil Stearn, the ship's jack-of-all-trades--have their own reasons for saying good-bye to everyone they have ever known. As the Biolathe AI said, uncertain five hundred- year round trips don't attract the most stable personalities, but somehow they'll have to learn to get along with each other, if they're to catch their dragon and come home again. For at the end of the journey is the star dragon--a creature of fire with a nuclear furnace for heart. The crew of the Karamojo--human and AI alike--will risk everything to capture it, and it will take all their technology, all their skill, and more courage than they knew they had, to come home alive.… (mais)
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Título:Star Dragon
Autores:Mike Brotherton (Autor)
Informação:Tor Books (2005), 290 pages
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I have to give the author his due: It's a real accomplishment to compile a cast of characters in which each one is exactly as unlikable as the other. It's a whole crew of dickheads that he sends on this journey to the strange star system with the strange lifeform, affectionately dubbed "star dragon" by one of the scientists.

As an astronomer, Mike Brotherton has the hard science of deep space travel down - I guess (no way I can check). But also like so many STEMs, it seems he has only a very vague understanding of the softer sciences like psychology or sociology. No space agency today would take psychological and social trainwrecks like his cast only to the moon, and no private space traveling company of the future would either if they wanted their mission to succeed.

I will give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that with the captain of the ship, he actually tried to make a "strong female character". Only that this endeavour failed spectacularly.

Captain Lena Fang throws herself into a fling with an overobsessive and reluctant scientist right after liftoff, as if such a journey can only be endured with someone to warm one's bed. And when that overobsessive scientist doesn't tend to her vague insinuations of a childhood trauma as empathetic and sensitive as she'd like him to, she gets a mental breakdown and behaves subsequently like a immature bitch. The rest of the book's tension comes out of the tension between those two, paired with a few technological/scientific hiccups.

This whole constellation is so unsubtle and clichéd that it hurts, and the fact that the plot itself isn't exactly an example of sophistication either doesn't make it better.

Apart from that: too many SPAG errors not to be noticed or mentioned. ( )
1 vote DeusXMachina | Aug 5, 2017 |
I am SO sick of women hating, irresponsible men and women who are either complete bitches or rugs.

And we get them all in spades here. Plus tons of boring info dumps that do not advance the story but simply seem to be there so the author can wax eloquent on his pet hobby. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Warning: This review contains minor spoilers for the book. If you’re bound and determined to read this book, you may want to bypass this review.

This book was pretty painful to read. I didn’t like any of the characters, the story wasn’t all that interesting, and there were a lot of errors with extra words being inserted into sentences where they didn’t belong and other words missing altogether. I didn’t count the number of errors, but I would be surprised if there were less than 50. At one point I stopped reading to double check the publisher, because I thought I must have grabbed an indie book by mistake. Nope, this was published by Tor. Maybe the editor had trouble reading the book too.

The story is set in Earth’s distant future. A probe exploring deep space captures a few minutes of footage showing dragon-like creatures moving around in an accretion disk. The creatures appear to have physical properties that could help humans generate energy better if they could study one, so an organization hires a small crew of three plus two additional scientists to take a space ship out and try to capture a dragon.

It takes the characters a third of the book to arrive at the area where the dragons had been seen. Up to that point, the book is primarily about getting to know the five characters populating the ship during the long voyage into deep space. In the very beginning, they don’t seem too bad. Before long, however, I was hoping their ship would explode with all hands on board so the story could pick up with a new batch of more likeable characters who would make a second attempt.

The captain of the ship, Lena Fang, is a control freak who feels like she needs to prove her worth as captain. One of the scientists, Samuel Fisher, is a control freak himself and he’s completely obsessed with the dragons. Initially, these two hook up, but then they have a dramatic fight which just makes them each become crazier and more obsessed with their own goals than they were before. This leads them to work against each other and jeopardize the mission. We also have a slight love triangle here because the space ship’s artificial intelligence, with a personality modeled off of Ernest Hemingway, seems to fancy himself in love with the captain.

One of the other crew members hooks up with the second scientist. The voyage is going to take over a year of subjective time round trip, so the theory appears to be that everybody will surely have to pair up to stay sane and the characters waste no time in doing just that. These two are probably the least unpleasant characters in the book, but they get less “page time” than Fang and Fisher.

If you’ve been doing the math, you’ll realize we have an odd man out who’s failed to pair up with anybody. He’s none too happy to be left out because apparently he hasn’t had sex in a reaaalllly long time on account of his being busy with his long-term goal of impregnating the entire female population on Earth by releasing a virus that carries his genes. I swear I’m not making this up.

The plot itself was pretty bare-bones… Travel to place with dragons. Try to catch dragon. Discover dragons aren’t so easy to catch. Mayhem ensues. Most of the story was taken up with developing the characters, none of whom I liked, and I never really got into the plot about capturing the dragon. The only reason I’m giving this two stars is because I did manage to finish it. For me, a one-star book is typically a book so horrible I couldn’t finish it at all. This book wasn’t quite at that level, but I did consider giving up on it a few times. ( )
1 vote YouKneeK | Jun 20, 2015 |
Not a bad book, but it was missing something that I couldn't quite put my finger on that stopped it from being truly great. Still entertaining and fairly well done all the way around, though. Worth a read if you're a hardcore SF fan. ( )
  chaosmogony | Apr 27, 2013 |
“Star Dragon”
- Mike Brotherton

WITHIN THE STARS, A SERPENT APPEARS

The crew of the Karamojo seeks the star dragon for different reasons. But, for Fisher, it is an all-consuming obsession. He must live the dragon, breathe the dragon, know the dragon. And, as the crew members begin to pair off, Fisher must not let his feelings for the captain Fang interfere with his true quest of capturing a dragon.
But, the dragons prove to be smart and catching one seems impossible. If Fisher and the crew are to succeed, they must set aside their feelings for one another and work as an unselfish team. If they can do this, they may just accomplish their mission.
Mike Brotherton expertly weaves a tale of sex and science. A rookie science fiction reader may be overwhelmed by the astronomy jargon, but the story pulls through, and anyone can appreciate the plot.
Brotherton is to be commended for his imagination. His attention to detail paints a picture of the future that is not only believable, but also realistic. Brotherton should continue to churn out more novels for the science fiction aficionado. – 3 Stars – Reviewed by Leigh O’Donovan, Authors on the Rise Book Reviews ( )
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The SS Cygni probe sent back hours of video, captured by the Biolathe AI, but only a few minutes mattered--the four minutes that showed a creature made of fire, living, moving, dancing in the plasma fire of the double star's accretion disk. A dragon made of star stuff, so alien that only a human expedition to observe and perhaps capture it, could truly understand them. It's a perilous journey into the future, however, for SS Cygni is 245 light- years from Earth, and even though only two years' subjective time will pass on board the Karamojo, the crew will return to an Earth where five hundred years have passed. Captain Lena Fang doesn't care--she has made her life on her ship, where her best friend is the ship's AI. Samuel Fisher, the contract exobiologist, doesn't care, either. He is making the voyage of a lifetime and in the small world of the Karamojo he will have to live with the consequences of his obsessive quest for knowledge. The rest of the small crew--Axel Henderson, the biosystems engineer; Sylvia Devereaux, the beautiful physical sciences expert; and Phil Stearn, the ship's jack-of-all-trades--have their own reasons for saying good-bye to everyone they have ever known. As the Biolathe AI said, uncertain five hundred- year round trips don't attract the most stable personalities, but somehow they'll have to learn to get along with each other, if they're to catch their dragon and come home again. For at the end of the journey is the star dragon--a creature of fire with a nuclear furnace for heart. The crew of the Karamojo--human and AI alike--will risk everything to capture it, and it will take all their technology, all their skill, and more courage than they knew they had, to come home alive.

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