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4.5  ·  Rating Details ·  18 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Captain John Hayden, haunted by memories of war and still grieving the death of his wife, is about to embark on the most important mission of his career: to discover the fate of the Chrysopteron, one of five generation ships which left the Earth centuries earlier. The descendants of the Chrysopteron’s original crew had successfully colonized their planet, but less than a ...more
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Published December 17th 2012
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Scott Whitmore
Jun 20, 2013 Scott Whitmore rated it it was amazing
Among Earth-ending alien invasions and the flaming pulse cannons of an interstellar dogfight, it is sometimes forgotten that science fiction is a wonderful medium for addressing big issues. In the mid-1960s the original Star Trek featured episodes about slavery, discrimination and the threat of nuclear war — issues which “mainstream” TV shows of that period would or could not.

In Chrysopteron, author by Michael K. Rose (@MichaelKRose) sets out to examine human nature (don't miss my interview with
Dave Higgins
Oct 04, 2013 Dave Higgins rated it really liked it
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This science-fiction novel raises questions about faith and society (such as: What does it means for prophecy to be fulfilled? When does a potential long-term benefit to society trump an individual’s right to choose?) without ever ceasing to be an entertaining adventure centred around fully-realised individuals.

The book is set in a Universe where population pressure on Earth drove the sending of generational colony ships to other potentially inhabitable planets. While some of these missions are
Oct 27, 2014 Angus rated it really liked it
This is another book, another storyline, by the same author that brought us the Sullivan’s War series. Earth sends out generation ships to give the population hope on a world that is dying from over population and dwindling resources. Out of I think ten ships which will all take almost a hundred years or more to reach their destinations only the Chrysopteron completes their journey.

The ship’s complement is split by a religion that forms enroute and by the time the colonists’ land factions have
Alexia Purdy
Jan 20, 2013 Alexia Purdy rated it it was amazing
If you like sci-fi and speculative fiction, you’ll love Chrysopteron. This story takes us into the future where earth can no longer sustain the human population and the need to find other planets to live on and support humanity becomes a necessity. Chrysopteron is a spaceship on its way to Elysium, a planet believed to be inhabitable. But what happens when a group of people are aboard a ship for hundreds of years? And what became of them after they landed on the distant planet?

Another amazing re
Jan 04, 2013 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Captain Hayden and his crew set out on the biggest mission of their lives. The Chrysopteron, one of earth's generation ships that left earth centuries ago, has lost contact and it's up to John Hayden and crew to discover the fate of the ship's inhabitants.

Mr. Rose, once again, has created a thought provoking story with wonderful characters and a plot that keeps the reader guessing and on the edge of their seats. I'm a huge fan of the author's previous works and knew "Chrysopteron" would be excel
Louise Harnby
Apr 04, 2013 Louise Harnby rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of speculative fiction, and came across Rose via Twitter of all places. After downloading his short stories, I was hooked. I bought the Kindle version of Chrysopteron as soon as it was released and devoured it. The author is a fine writer and, as usual, he masterfully delivers 'science fiction' with a twist. If you're looking for gadgets, gizmos and sci tech, read something else. If you want to be made to think about the human journey through time and space - the way it thinks, ...more
Dec 19, 2012 Stefano rated it it was amazing
Let's make it clear: I am a fan of Michael K. Rose, I read everything written by him and I've been waiting for Chrysopteron to be published for months.
As soon I got my copy I read it in a rush, it's a real page turner but with a great depth.
The main theme is space colonization but from a point of view I never considered: if the people on a spaceship sent form Earth, after arriving to another planet in a couple of generations, had lost every knowledge of their past, technology and culture, would
Abby Miller
May 08, 2013 Abby Miller rated it it was amazing
I have become a huge fan of Michael K. Rose since I discovered him via Twitter. He is a very talented science fiction and speculative fiction writer. And he does not disappoint with his newest release, CHRYSOPTERON. The story follows a generation ship making its way to a new planet. The journey takes many centuries and the experiences on the Chrysopteron shape the settlers in a way that is both intriguing and a bit frightening. This is an epic journey that Rose pens with ease. He masterfully ...more
Sean Randall
May 18, 2013 Sean Randall rated it liked it
Though not entirely gripping, this was enjoyable enough. The writing reminded me of Earthsearch for some reason: nothing I can quantify, no phraseology or words I can pin down to say why, but for a reason I can't articulate that's what I came away with. It was an interesting story, and for a trekkie, seeing a team go to a new planet guns firing was weird, but it all made sense in the story arc and I will at least be checking out a sample of some of his other work.
Benjamin Wretlind
Jan 09, 2013 Benjamin Wretlind rated it it was amazing
Rose delivers not only a story with rapid-fire action but a story of hope, a story of discovery and a story of journeys. These journeys are not simply vehicles for the plot to move but plots in and of themselves. Chysopteron is a "golden-winged" gem of a novel and one that cements worlds imagined into the conscious dream of worlds yet seen. When I'd finished, I wanted more and not because the novel was lacking; I wanted more because I want to live in Rose's world longer.
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Great read. Loved the flow of the story.
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