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With Earth's resources on the verge of exhaustion and worldwide civil war imminent, we looked to the stars for answers. Beneath the surface of lifeless planets, we found all the resources we could ever consume.


Stellan Lund is chief security officer aboard the Atlas, a carrier. Life on a carrier is peaceful. As long as the Atlas' crew does its job, the New Earth Council lea
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Published November 4th 2014 by Smashwords Edition
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On Lilaina
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Carrier by Timothy Johnson Is a mysterious thriller set against the backdrop of space travel. It centres on the crew of the Atlas and glances at their lives, their history and their reasons for signing up to be the crew on a ship that travels hundreds of miles away from the planet Earth. Everyone on board the Atlas is looking to escape something; whether it be the new totalitarian regime on Earth or the decisions they made in a past life, for everyone on board the Atlas, this is their home. Ever ...more
Nick DeWolf
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
People use the phrase "world building" too much. It's annoying. Every novel nowadays is "world building" because it's not set in a real place, or a real time, or it's in space, or whatever. That phrase should be saved for books which truly reinvent an entire existence, encapsulated and separate from the reality which we know. New languages, new cultures, new idioms, new subtleties and gestures and ways of life.

Timothy Johnson does not partake in world building with Carrier. But he does something
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YAYYYYYY! Another editing project is now a published book! Check this one out. Zombies. IN SPACE.
Andretta Schellinger
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This book was relatively long, it doesn't seem that way by page number, but overall it is a little long in the sense that it does set up what is going on and there is a lot of conversation. That conversation while it does not detract from the story line and in many instances it adds to the story line. While this is a science fiction, it does border on horror and there are some situations where it very much more horror rather than just traditional scienc
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Tommy Muncie
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who liked Dead Space, Event Horizon, the Alien films and likes big space ships in general
Recommended to Tommy by: I met the author on a writing forum.
There’s plenty to like about Carrier. Let’s start with something simple: if you liked the Dead Space video games, read this book. If you’ve read Brian Evenson’s novelisation Dead Space: Martyr, read this book too if you want to see similar ideas done with a lot more depth and authorial skill. If you haven’t read the Dead Space books, don’t bother. Read Carrier instead. It has the build up and climax to satisfy anyone who liked the carnage and eeriness of walking Isaac up and down the Ishimura wi ...more
Chris Goan
Jan 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, sci-fi, action
SOME SPOILERS FOLLOW

I did enjoy reading The Carrier and I felt a familiarity with the setting that I imagine I've developed from my love of dead space 1 and 2. As a result of that familiar I'm worried my enjoyment may have been stifled.
The ship is beautiful. it's design and aesthetic really appeal to my love of a well designed craft. It felt like a home and a working vessel and the characters all treated it as such and with appropriate reverence.
Each of the characters were interesting and the sh
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Brad Theado
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Ok let me start by saying that this is one of the best "first books" I've read from a new author. I gave it three stars but that's pretty high for a first book for me. It has many of the hallmarks of a first book such as being overly descriptive, filled with more exposition than dialog or action, and massive back stories.

Where it is different from most first books is that it is rich in world building. It's better edited than 95% of the first books I read, although some run on sentences in the f
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Slade Grayson
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
SPACE ZOMBIES!

But that doesn't really do it justice. (And to be fair, the word "zombies" is never used in the book.)

What the author has done here is created a complex world of three dimensional characters, a multi-layered plot, and enough twists and turns that even a jaded reader like me couldn't figure out what was going to happen next. Just when you think you're reading a sci-fi novel, it slowly becomes a horror novel. And then you're so invested in the characters, that when bad stuff starts h
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Timothy Johnson is a speculative fiction author and editor living outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and his dog. His work includes the novels THE PILLARS OF DAWN and CARRIER as well as short fiction published in various professional and semi-professional markets. He has an English degree from Virginia Tech, where he won the fiction award for his graduating class, and he is currently an MFA c ...more

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