Vorpal Blade (Looking Glass #2)
There was in this novel even more of the theorizing on physics and how the FTL (Faster Than Light) drive would work. We got discussions on gravity it's implications and we also go...more
Military SF specialist Ringo teams up with real-life rocket scientist Taylor for this far-out sequel to 2005's Into the Looking Glass. Much of the science deals with the arcane mysteries of quantum mechanics, lending the often grim events an absurdist twist appropriately reminiscent of Lewis Carroll. Several years after an experiment that opened a gateway from central Florida into other dimensions, Doc Weaver, a physicist turned U.S. naval officer, adapts an alien star dr
The story however, is just so implausible that it drags down a lot of the book. The Higgs Boson nonsense continues of course but that would be expected since it’s pretty much the foundation for the “science” in the series. It’s still as muc...more
What's perhaps even more amazing, as this book shows, i...more
Unlike Into the Looking Glass, which I was somewhat disappointed with, I thoroughly enjoyed Vorpal Blade. It is a fun romp with the right doses of humor and action. The cha...more
While a sequal to Thru the Looking Glass, it is really a very different kind of story. Namely a spaceship - in this case a converted submarine - goes exploring the galaxy.
Unlike Star Trek the Captian and XO never leave the ship. Instead the Marines do the dirty work. We see navy life from the top and bottom.
While the body count is high eventually, I was shocked to be in a Ringo book and half way through with no one dying.
Very hard SF, and if you don't like physics...more
This time, Weaver, Miller, and Mimi are off exploring strange new worlds and new civilizations in the first human spaceship (actually a converted boomer (missile sub)). It posits some interesting concepts regarding space travel, warp travel, and the various effects that are exerted by stars and ot...more
Has some great technology and some great characters.
This really fired my imagination.
I liked that the important people stayed at their command post or science post jobs and sent the marines into harms way. seemed more rational than the traditional star trek model.
Note - there is a previous book, Looking Glass. I have not read that yet and am enjoying Vorpal Blade but given a choice, you might want to start with Looking Glass.
Humanity is heading out to the stars, if we don't trip over the doorstep (edge of the solar system) on the way out.
Quite a few of the same characters as in 'The Looking Glass.' The thing I didn't like quite so much is the use of for a lack of a better word, Alien Slang. Some of the meanings are obvious, but some are not.
Granted, the action was interesting. When action actually occurred.
Well, there are Ringo's political views for one. And perhaps he goes a bit over the top here. OK, more than a bit. Giant surfing space hamsters? Really?
In 1999 he wrote and published his first novel "A Hymn Before Battle", which proved successful....more