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Warp Speed (Warp Speed #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  766 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Dr. Neal Anson Clemons, brilliant physicist and martial arts expert, was born at the very moment that men first landed on the moon, and his dream had always been to find a way to travel to the stars. And now he and his team have achieved a breakthrough, both in building a warp drive, and finding a new energy source powerful enough to make the drive more than an interesting ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Baen (first published 2004)
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Feb 07, 2008 Scott rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who's ever dreamed of killing millions of people by flying through them at warp speed.
Ugh. The concept for this book is very cool; unfortunately, it's simply poorly executed. The author, Travis Taylor, is simply a bad writer. It's written in first-person, and the protagonist is clearly heavily based on the author himself. The moment when I almost gave up on the book was when I read a passage in which the protagonist is speculating about what would happen if someone crashed a warp-driven spacecraft into the Earth. He was talking about how the warp field would be stressed and would ...more
I got to the beginning of the fifth chapter when I finally connected that the protagonist was some sort of physics Indiana Jones. The problem is, without Harrison Ford, Indiana Jones is really kind of an arrogant, sexist, unrealistic jerk; and that pretty much describes Anson (add borderline alcoholic and possibly sexual harasser), too. Its a real shame because the story seemed to have real potential but the characters, dialog, and situations seemed really unrealistic (winning a sport karate tou ...more
This book started out interesting, and the science itself is very cool. Unfortunately the story goes downhill rapidly. Übermensch Dr. Clemons is a master of karate, a super genius physicist, has knowledge of nano assembly, and an astronaut. He also discovers a warp drive, he helps with the unlimited energy...but his grad student assistants create that when he is getting his ribs set. I guess you can't win it all.

The author uses the book as a springboard for his dislike of medical doctors and jin
Dec 13, 2007 Roberta rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hard sf fans
Shelves: sciencefiction
First of all, if the book hadn't had so much egghead science, I'd give it a higher rating. I liked the story, but I just don't have the science background to understand but perhaps half of what he said about the warp effect.

That being said, the story was pretty good. The lead character was a bit naive for a 40 something year old man, but it is amusing. His love interest is interesting as are his friends. The portrayal of grad school science geeks was interesting as well. The plot minus too many
I don't remember when I read this, but it was all hard science, no characters, and left me feeling too much like there was a Mary Sue in the main character. I like Doc, just not this book.
Reads like a bad imitation of E.E. Doc Smith.
(for full disclosure, the author and hero of the book attended the University of Alabama, I'm an Auburn fan)
If this book were a movie it would be one of those SyFy channel B-movies - entertaining but don't look for too much out of it.
Brian Foster
You know those books that you hate to put down and can't wait to get back to? Warp Speed is the opposite. I gave up about 40% of the way through.

Mr. Taylor's writing is okay when he's giving you straight action; the two karate scenes and the mountain bike race were readable. Everything else he wrote was mind-numbingly boring. No tension. No emotion. No reason at all for me to keep reading it.

I'm not sure why any publisher would plop down money for this. Was a content editor used at all?

If you're
Very entertaining and well written for what it's trying to do. This is not litcherechure. The science is much more probable than most science fiction. He does get a bit preachy, but does a much better job (IMHO) than Heinlein at justifying his opinions (and as an engineer regarding doctors, I agreed with him nearly 100%). Regarding the south (insert tongue firmly in cheek): You know Florida is not really part of the South *grin*. But seriously, gun ownership is much higher, the accents tend to b ...more
Our hero, Anson Clemens, invents a warp drive, falls in love with a shuttle pilot, goes to space to try the warp drive and starts World War III, just to name a few things. There certainly is a lot of action, both up close and personal and on the macro scale.

At least in the beginning, the plot of this novel is somewhat similar to The Getaway Special. It also has similarities to The Trigger in that a revolutionary new technology has consequences unforeseen in both type and magnitude. The main char
David Caldwell
Keeping in mind that this is the author's first solo novel, it isn't that bad.First, the main characters are all super scientists. All are high-end geniuses, avid mountain bikers, martial art champion fighters,and nearly impossible to stop.The main character's only flaw is that he needs a white board to do the math.Second,the story soars up to it's first big climax, followed by a second even bigger climax, and then ends with too much of what happened after without much action.Third(and it is min ...more
Glen Eustace
I really enjoyed this book. Travis describes all of the science in such a way one can believe it really exists. And with his qualifications may be it does.
Michael Pearce
This book confuses me. Not the science, I get that. Not the redneck sensibilities of the protagonist- reminds me of some of my better friends. No problem following the story, the writing is not great literature but it's OK. When I am actually reading it it sucks me right in and I enjoy it immensely. Everything follows logically from the premises and makes perfect sense in context. It's when I am between readings that I find myself a bit incredulous and dissatisfied with the story. The solution i ...more
Carolyn Comings
A little too much fun with the warp capabilities toward the end... but fun nonetheless.
Lars Dradrach
Highly entertaining without too much intellectual deep thoughts, just what you need sometimes
This book is pretty nice, I'd recommend it to ages 11+, because it is too advanced for anyone younger, but then again, it's your choice whether you read this or not. Some of the scientific terminology wording might be a little hard to understand though, like "Einstein's theory of relativity" etc. . This book is about Dr. Neil Anson Clemons, who has just invented the warp drive! But the power to use a warp drive can be twisted in very bad ways... So now it is an all out battle for 1. The stars an ...more
I really liked it.
The science is based on real possible directions our science will take as written by a real scientist. The story is told in the first person by the main character (which, I assume, is the author's alter-ego). Dialog is nice but sometimes too obvious. Lots of action scenes which are in some ways the most fictional part in the story but those are really fun to read.

Overall a very good reading experience. I also went on and bought and read the next book in the series and I enjoye
The inventor of FTL propulsion unfortunately sees its negative applications much too quickly (see nuclear power). Although there is plenty of techno-speak, the basic story is lively and generally a fun read.
I thought this book was much better than his later Mars series.
Decent near time hard SF, it helps to have an understanding of physics when reading this. I really enjoy the ideas, and Dr. Taylor's writing style works for me.
Very awesome, fairly harscience fiction that actually tallies with known theories as far as I am aware :)
It was fun, but it felt too much like a writer self-insert at times.
Good concept.
Good story.
Writing could be improved.
Bryan E
Good campy space opera -- think e.e. doc smith.
If only physics worked like this.
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Travis Shane Taylor is a born and bred southerner and resides just outside Huntsville, Alabama. He has a Doctorate in Optical Science and Engineering, a Master’s degree in Physics, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville; a Master’s degree in Astronomy from the Univ. of Western Sydney, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Aubur ...more
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