Breaking Strain (Venus Prime #1)
Her code name is Sparta. Her beauty veils a mysterious past and abilities of superhuman dimension -- the product of advanced biotechnology.
World-renowned professor J.Q.R. Forster's expedition to Jupiter's moon has not proven uneventful. In a furious blaze of ice-geysers, the moon's surface rips off to reveal an ancient alien world-ship.
But when the world-ship suddenly h...more
Sin embargo, a mi entender, es un magnífico libro. No sólo de ciencia ficción, sino policiaco. En la parte de ciencia ficción los autores imaginan un futuro en el que la raza humana ha colonizado los planetas del sistema solar, pero basándos...more
Superficially, the story is about a woman who is locked in a sanatorium. She has no idea who she is (or what her name is) and sits passively for daily ministrations of food and clothing. After a timely intervention, she begins to awaken to her surroundings and feels compelled to make her escape. But why are the lights so bright, the breeze so loud? How did she know how to circumvent those...more
Vernus Prime 1, the first book of a six-book series, was written my Paul Preuss and based on one of Arthur C. Clarke’s works - a novella called Breaking Strain. In fact all six Venus Prime books are derivatives of Clarke’s fiction and were all written by Paul Preuss.
Arthur C. Clarke does write the introduction and does mention that Preuss has ‘done a pretty go...more
The beginning starts off very interesting and then "BAM" it goes AWOL! It takes, I am guessing, about 2/3 of the way in, maybe more, before we come back to the main character SPARTA. It's basically 3 stories which come together... eventually. At first I was not liking that fact, but then, I was won over. I still think this would have been a bit better had the story about SPARTA not ended so abruptly and seemingly disappear, until MUCH later in the book. All in a...more
Obviously no one wants to die but if guided by this rule literally they’ll both cease to exist. One of the two Gartner tries to kill the other Mc Neil by poisoning. But in vain. Mc Neil predicted this even before Gartner thou...more
It would fall in the "mystery" category, but it doesn't have the same kind of explanation of the solving of the puzzle(s) as in sleuth stories. Nevertheless, it's not a simple case.
After the pre-story, the events take place on route to Venu...more
Paul Preuss is a decent writer, and it is, really quite a bit more staisfying (as a story) than Clarke's original (I re-read it afterwards, to see if I remembered it correctly).
There were some good parts but it wasn't entirely fulfilling.
If Arthur C. Clarke had written it then I'm sure it would have been much more enjoyable.