255th out of 287 books — 667 voters
by Jerry Oltion
All of the colonists aboard a spaceship bound for Alpha Centauri long to find a habitable planet at the end of their journey. Finding one planet would be cause for celebration, but finding two could tear the crew and its families apart.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Wheatland Press
(first published 2004)
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This is a fascinating book that takes the classic SF theme of a colony ship arriving in Alpha Centauri system where it finds two worlds that humans can inhabit but with a catch--there is an intelligent species on one of them. Oltion takes a frank look at how colonists on board for 20 years could be tempted to "find religion" in the hope "God" will ensure a habitable world for them upon arrival. The issue of "what is God's intent?" versus "science offers a simpler answer to reality" is handled ve...more
This is a really good science fiction novel about a near-future exploration/colonization of planets in the Alpha Centauri system. The book includes enough scientific detail to keep those of us who care about such things from classifying the work as fantasy, but this detail is introduced casually and always in support of the plot line. The author, Jerry Oltion, uses character dialog to discuss reason and faith, the benefits and costs of a scientific or religious viewpoint, the nature of love, and...more
310 pages. I enjoyed this story. Its worth buying. Oltion writes a story about how after a generation long journey , crew and colonist decide to colonize a planet. If given a choice between an Eden like planet where you might interfere with a possibly intelligent life form or a harsh planet free from intelligent life which do you chose. Does hardship promote innovation? Will living in Eden make you and your kin soft? How does religion factor into the equation? Oltion does a good job of exploring...more