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Mission to Methone

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  95 ratings  ·  22 reviews
HARD SF IN THE MODE OF ARTHUR C. CLARKE. Humanity is not alone in the universe. Across the galaxy, a war rages between advanced alien races. And its about to be brought to our doorstep.


In 2065, space scientist Chris Holt discovers that one of the asteroids he is surveying for mining is actually not an asteroid. Its a derelict spaceship. Soon the worlds
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Baen
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Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Im always intrigued when a scientist, especially a NASA scientist, puts his or her expertise to work in writing science fiction. The science of Mission to Methon¬e isnt the problem Johnsons hammer-plus-nail approach to storytelling is. Its clear Johnson is going for a Rendezvous with Rama kind of vibe with his solo debut, as scientists from different nations race to gain advantage from first contact when an alien ship is discovered in the solar system. The novels geopolitical presumptions are ...more
Bookteafull (Danny)
Jan 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF @ Page 85, about 29%

Welp, I said I'd get to at least 30% but I barely made it past page 50, so reading an extra chapter just wasn't gunna happen.

There's nothing horrendously wrong with this book, it's just boring. I actually quite like that the author works for NASA and is leading his first interplanetary solar sail mission - the information he presents is sound and rational; which is more than I can say for many sci-fi novels I read in 2018.

That being said, it's a wee bit excessive on the
Michael Norwitz
First contact novel written by an engineer, and unfortunately the prose style shows it. Some of the science fiction aspects of the story are interesting, but the politics (national as well as interpersonal) are handled shallowly and the writing style is not of professional caliber. I'm surprised by Baen Books.
Pretty good, I look forward to the next book, whenever it comes out. Well worth having bought the eARC.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rejects
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Kelsey Wheeler
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I found out that Les Johnson actually worked for NASA I was pretty excited to read Mission to Methone. Astronomy has always interested me since high school so seeing all the facts from Les Johnson's experiences at his job was pretty cool. Having the annotations actually made me like the story more, too. Some of the things in this novel actually happened to Les or he was working on some of the equipment used by the characters.

The main character Chris has autism, but it only affected the way
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Nice first contact novel featuring a near-future Earth with a 4-part rivalry between a U.S./European bloc, China, a slightly lesser India and a 3rd-tier Caliphate in the Middle East. There's a space race of sorts, with corporate and government efforts interlinked on the Moon and Mars and in-between. An asteroid is found and turns out to be a damaged monitor from an alien civilization. Before the human factions knock it out, they get enough interaction to learn they need to go to one of Saturn's ...more
Henry Lazarus
In 2065, there are colonies on Mars and privately owned tiny spacecraft are exploring the solar system. Then an ancient spaceship is discovered America and Europe send one expedition, the Chinese send another, and the Califate sends a missile. Chris Holt, the Astronomer who discovered the object is on the mission and discovers a way to communicate with it s ancient control computer, before the missile destroys the ship. That gets plans for fusion drive and a moon of Saturn. Thus we then have a ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think other reviewers may not understand the intent of this novel. If you are looking for the dark gritty complicated political and character driven soap operas that pass for space opera these days, you may do better elsewhere. If you want good old fashioned sense-of-wonder science fiction with an emphasis on the hard science, this delivers in spades. "Rendezvous with Rama" meets "The Arrival" and several other first contact novels.

Having said that it's more about the sense-of-wonder and the
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Mission to Methone is the first book in a new series by Johnson. The theme is first contact. An alien ship is discovered and the plot moves from there. Earth is divided and each division has its own goals and they do not match. The characters fit the story and the story moves with some interesting twists and turns. What it does not do is come to any conclusions. We are left wondering if all will be well or all will be lost. The story leading up to that point is well written, the plot is action ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably more like three and a half stars. This is a pretty good hard science fiction novel obviously inspired by Arthur C. Clarke, and if you miss Clarke as I do, you will find this a pretty effective way to feed your fix. The writing quality is acceptable but not great. I have no brief for religious fanatics, but the depiction of Moslems in the book lacks nuance and the author isn't cynical enough for my taste about the U.S. government. The author is a NASA scientist, which helps explain the ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great and I hope it gets some of the recognition it deserves. It was just enough science/technical jargon and fiction to actually be realistic and interesting. The espionage and political climate throughout the book are clearly based on our present and offer a more realistic look at how our world will react to a theme from science fiction.

I loved this book and hope it will have at least a sequel! I look forward to future works from Les Johnson.
Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |
Full review to come, but in short:

Les Johnson's Mission to Methone was an enjoyable science fiction read that was somewhat hampered by the desire to interject an element of nation-against-nation thriller.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss for review consideration.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recent Reads: Mission To Methone. Les Johnson's space exploration tale is reminiscent of Hogan's Giants series: artifacts found during routine space exploration change how we look at the universe. Another look at the Fermi Paradox, a cosmos at war and humanity in the sights.
Avery Stempel
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very quick read. Quite the page turner! Solid science. Good story.
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting work. Keeps you going from the first page.
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kept reading it because I was curious how the aliens/human interaction would go. Eh.
Thomas Bätzler
Somewhat reminiscent of James P. Hogan's Inherit The Stars, but updated for the 21st century. I did not like the rather simplicistic world-view (US good, muslim bad) that this book espouses.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good near-time science fiction with a nice mix of real/speculative physics, humanity stumbling toward self-destruction, and, of course, first contact.
Brandon Kitchen
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend. It's a great quality book. I enjoyed it very much, especially since I don't technically read these kinds of books.
MJ (The Book Recluse)
Mission to Methone is a classic alien contact science fiction novel. It is apparent that it was written with the intention of staying true to more the more classic style. I found the novel entertaining and worth the read, but it did fall short of spectacular.

I found the writing well done. While it was not overwhelmingly beautiful, it also was not distracting from the story. The characters were each distinct and unique, although the side characters could have been given more dimension. Chris,
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Les is the author or co-author of both popular science and science fiction. His latest science fiction novel, "Mission to Methone," was released by Baen Books on February 6, 2018. Coincidentally, his latest non-fiction book, "Graphene: The Superstrong, Superthin, and Superversatile Material That Will Revolutionize the World," with co-author Joe Meany, was published the same day (from a different ...more

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