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Starship Summer

(Starship Seasons #1)

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This is the story of David Conway and his new life on Chalcedony, a planet renowned for its Golden Column, an artifact that is mysterious and strange, no one knowing why it is present there. Conway meets some locals in the town of Magenta Bay and buys an old starship from Hawksworth, who runs a scrap yard in the town full of old and disused starships. Conway sets up the sh ...more
120 pages
Published 2007 by PS Publishing
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016

The Ring of Tharssos, which at one time had been a dozen moons, but which millenia ago had collided and shattered into a million shards and fragments, arched overhead, colossal and breathtaking in the perfection of its parabola. I was no longer on Earth, on the Vancouver sea front. I was twenty light years distant on an alien planet.

David Conway is a runaway. He has come to the farthest edge of the known space, the planet Chalcedony, to exorcise his inner demons, but his nightmares have follow
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Mark
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-read, 2012-read
This is another work by Eric Brown that I've read this year, and I'll make no excuse for it. I really enjoy his writing and find it difficult to believe that he isn't a more popular author when the quality of his output is consistently high. Starship Summer is a short novella, running to only 120 pages, and is from the excellent PS Publishing, a small press publisher that churns out some great stuff from many genre authors. Those familiar with Brown's work won't find anything different here, but ...more
Andreas
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
"Starship Summer" is a pretty good Science Fiction yarn with a strong reminiscence of Jack Vance. In a colorful novella, four characters become close friends and get involved in a mystery surrounding the aliens on the planet Chalcedony. Each of them has to fight demons from the past and they quickly develop strong bounds between each other.

Aliens, spaceships, technology - it's all there but the focus always remains on the characters and this makes the story so enjoyable despite its slower pace.
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Geoff
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a very pleasant book to read because it felt like one big vacation and something I would like to be doing when I retire. Beaches, bars, friends and no jobs, it’s just fun and friends. Except that this is a sci-fi tale and it’s on another planet. It tells the story about a man named David Conway who has left Earth and is escaping to a religious planet, not because of the religion but because of the ocean as he feels he needs to be close to the water. He quickly finds an old space ship in ...more
Ray Daley
Nov 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Very obviously the first book in a series, suffers for it a bit. Still an okay read.
Tom Brooks
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

That feeling of the unknown. The love of space travel. Just a hint of more to come. It's what brought me to sci-fi in the first place.
Les
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've said it before, Eric Brown fails to disappoint again with what is probably the best sci-fi novella that I've read to date. I can't quite work out an exact reason why I love this story so much, but maybe it's just the wonderful combination of setting, characters and storyline that does it. I ended up feeling a connection with every member of the cast, people who share a common bond in that they're running from their pasts and the demons therein. Brown relies on his often used 'burnt out' mai ...more
J.T.
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall a terrific, fast read. A bit too neat in the way the story clicks to place, and I saw much of what was going to happen from the mechanics of the story. Regardless of those small problems, this is a character-driven, insightful story with aliens, mysterious artifacts, and even one laser pistol. Recommended.
Karl
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Highly enjoyable book. It reminds me of the old golden age science fiction, except for a bit more drinking. Everything I have read by Brown I have enjoyed. A good solid consistent author.
Phil
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
A sweet little novella. Aliens, haunted spaceships, tragedy and new love. What more could a sci-fi fan want? This has everything but the space opera battle.
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Eric Brown was born in Haworth, West Yorkshire, in 1960, and has lived in Australia, India and Greece. He began writing in 1975, influenced by Agatha Christie and the science fiction writer Robert Silverberg. Since then he has written over forty-five books and published over a hundred and twenty short stories, selling his first story in 1986 and his first novel in 1992. He has written a dozen book ...more

Other books in the series

Starship Seasons (5 books)
  • Starship Fall (Starship Seasons, #2)
  • Starship Winter (Starship Seasons, #3)
  • Starship Spring (Starship Seasons, #4)
  • Starship Coda (Starship Seasons, #5)