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Procyon's Promise (The Makers Series #2)

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Three hundred years after humanity made its deal with the Life Probe to search out the secret of faster-than-light travel, the descendants of the original expedition return to Earth in a starship. They find a world that has forgotten the ancient contract. No matter. The colonists have overcome greater obstacles in their single-minded drive to redeem a promise made before ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published July 12th 1985 by Del Rey
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Benjamin Thomas
Aug 31, 2012 Benjamin Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is the sequel to Life Probe and although it does "end" it certainly seems like a sequel could easily be developed. This one takes place ~300 years after the end of the previous book and so there is an entirely new cast of characters. Unfortunately, those characters seemed a bit wooden to me, probably because the author packs so much plot into relatively few pages. In essence this is a homecoming novel (humans sent out from Earth to explore and now returning after a couple of centuries). It ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Vikarti rated it really liked it
Shelves: indb, sf_space
sequel to Life Probe.
Now we knew about origins of Star Travellers, who Maker's solar system actually look and minor details like why I-masses doesn't explode due Hawking radiation, why it's so difficult to grasp FTL
and why (view spoiler)
The nice thing about this book is that I read it not knowing it was a sequel and the author managed to give me a totally satisfying back story without that forced sequel fill-in feel. Not many authors can pull that off. This book could truly be a stand alone.
Oct 06, 2013 Conal rated it it was amazing
Another fun read science fiction novel by Michael McCollum, this one a continuation of the novel Life Probe set 300 years after the events told in the first book.

Recommended for all science fiction fans.
Aug 01, 2016 Conal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick re-read of an old favorite. I still really enjoy the the story told within these pages.

4 Stars for a really fun read.
Jun 22, 2013 Gwern rated it it was ok
Unentertaining and bizarrely unsuspenseful. When you compare this to, say, Vinge's _A Deepness in the Sky_ which has a somewhat similar superior-colonizer theme, you see just how much is lacking.
Still a good book. This was one of the first adult science fiction books I read (meaning it wasn't marketed to teens or younger), and I still enjoy it.
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Michael McCollum was born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1946, and is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he majored in aerospace propulsion and minored in nuclear engineering. He is employed at Honeywell in Tempe, Arizona, where he is Chief Engineer in the valve product line. In his career, Mr. McCollum has worked on the precursor to the Space Shuttle Main Engine, a nuclear valve to replace ...more
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