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The Pillars of Dawn

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A light in the darkness...

Humanity is spreading throughout the cosmos. For an age, we have reveled in our ability to touch the stars. Now, we are breathing life into new worlds and calling them home.

On the planet Lumen, a once seemingly lifeless and frozen rock, generations have toiled at the Pillars of Dawn to make it habitable. As Lumen’s atmosphere nears stability,
Kindle Edition, 738 pages
Published December 4th 2017 by Vintage City Publishing
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Nick DeWolf
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having read two books by Timothy Johnson, I've come to realize something - the story he tells is kind of irrelevant. This isn't to say that there is no story. Pillars of Dawn has a great story line, one you've heard, read, seen, and maybe even lived before. It's another great tale of people who have taken their lives to a harsh environment, thought they tamed it, only to find that nature itself is going to fight back against them. It's an ageless story, and could be transplanted to anywhere, any ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good science fiction sucks you into a story as it builds the world around you. With ‘Pillars’, you can’t help but become drawn to the imperiled inhabitants of Lumen, turning page after page, waiting to see what will spell their doom: the planet they’ve called home or themselves.

It’s a fun, fast read (because you can’t help yourself) and I highly recommend it.

Laurie Bickett
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This One Will Stop Your Breathing

The characters are real, the imagery made me believe I was there, and the story forced me to seek a panicked escape alongside Lucy, Lincoln, Ellis, Aeron, and the others. Now I have finished the story, so I can breathe again, but I might not sleep as soundly as before...
Ed Tinkertoy
Nov 06, 2018 rated it did not like it
I hated this book/story. It had too many unknowns. The story does not give a year or star date so we do not know when it took place. The story does not tell when the colonist came to the planet Lumen, or how far it is from Earth. The story begins with the characters arguing with each other. The story refers to the area outside the city walls as the "wild" but does not describe what is out there. There is mention of cattle that the colonist keep but there is no explanation of how they got cattle ...more
Slade Grayson
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book. I liked it so much, I wrote the following (part of which, the author graciously included as a blurb on the back cover):

“THE PILLARS OF DAWN takes everything you loved about ALIENS and FIREFLY, and weaves them together with morality questions about colonization and imperialism. Timothy Johnson is as adept at handling a sweeping story set on an alien world as he is at the quieter character moments. There's much at play here: a large, diverse cast; small town politic
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YAYYYYY! Another editing project is now a published book!
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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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