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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Nine explorers aboard a powerful AI vessel, Alchemon, are sent to investigate an “anomalous biosignature” on a distant planet. But they soon realize their mission has gone to hell as deadly freakish incidents threaten their lives. Are these events caused by the tormented psychic mysteriously put aboard at the last minute? Has the crew been targeted by a vengeful corporate ...more
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Angry Robot (first published September 3rd 2019)
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Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Thank you so much to Angry Robot via NetGalley for the eARC of Starship Alchemon in exchange for an honest review!

Starship Alchemon throws a pretty interesting crew of characters together on a research mission to investigate a bacteria growing on a distant planet where there shouldn't be life forms. One thing leads to another and they are battling a disastrously powerful life form trying to get home alive.

Let me start with the characters: the ship is guided by an AI enhanced human named Jonomy,
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89 points, 4 ½ stars
“Bless my odorous ass,” Rigel said. “That blue stuff isn’t rock. It appears to be the surface of a single, carbon-based multicellular organism.”
“Alive,” Faye whispered.

Starship Alchemon was a ton of fun. From beginning to end, I enjoyed myself. The story took time to play out, and even at the end I was surprised at what was going on. It is always more entertaining when I can't guess everyth
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing wrong with this, but it just didn't click with me. I found myself putting it down, walking away, not interested. It'll go well with the right reader. ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s, ebooks, sci-five
3.5. Review to come soon!
It is entertaining s/f novel with an easy to follow narrative. It was important to me, because I am not native english speaker and often science fiction novels are confusing for me because I don't understand all that tech terms. There were a few here too, but overall I could follow the story quite swiftly.

My main issues are the slow start - the tension raises but only in the second part of a novel and some chapters are constructed mostly with dialouges and there were times I found myself driftin
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full review is here, on my blog!

This is the story of the Starship Alchemon (duh) which is a research vessel that has been sent by one of the ‘megas’ (giant corporations that more or less govern Earth) to a planet far, far away to investigate a biological creature found on an entirely dead planet.

At the very last minute, the corporation running the show have put a strange psychic woman on the ship and sent them on their way. They get to the perhaps not-so-aptly named planet Sycamore and find a se
S. Naomi Scott
++ DISCLAIMER – I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publishers and NetGalley in return for an honest, unbiased review. My thanks to Angry Robot for allowing me to read and review this book. ++

This novel follows the lives of nine explorers aboard the titular starship, Alchemon, as they are despatched to the distant world of Sycamore to investigate an “anomalous biosignature”. What they find on Sycamore, and the events that transpire as they attempt to return their find back
S.J. Higbee
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this type of adventure lights your fuses, then this offering comes highly recommended. The story is as cosily familiar as a cup of evening cocoa – a highly talented, but disruptive member of the crew that either clashes or attracts that fascinating-but-lethal thingy which has been brought aboard for further research, despite the foreboding of senior crew members.

The story was a bit slow to get going, as Hinz writes on the harder side of the sci fi spectrum, so there is a fair bit of tech stuf
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly? What a birthday present this will be when I get the print copy!
I loved ti so much that I decided to go out and grab the print copy, and it's released around my birthday, so win.
A really enjoyable book - palpably tense and taught and well written - the author has given the science element as much thought as the fiction and though I had a very few minor niggles, I loved the whole book.

I received a copy of this book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

4 3/4 stars
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.25 of 5

Every once in a while I come across a book that I feel is well written and with an interesting set of characters in an interesting story, and yet it doesn't click with me. This is one of those books.

Given the number of books I read in a year, and with many of them being by authors who are new to me, I shouldn't be surprised that I run into this, and yet each time it happens, it surprises me none-the-less.

A team of explor
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Much appreciation to Angry Robot for the review copy.

I really wanted to like this, and I'm sure many people will. I just found it a bit flat - I didn't care about any of the characters and I wasn't gripped by the story.

I found the first 10-20% really promising with a foreboding set up that felt like it could be the alien-type space horror I was expecting. In the end it felt like a B movie. Not a bad B movie, certainly watchable; it's well written, and there are some good ideas. It's just go
John Purvis
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(See all my Book Reviews) – Author Christopher Hinz ( published the novel “Starship Alchemon” in 2019. This is his first published novel.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains Violence and mature Language. The story is set in the far future. A deep space mission is assigned to the starship Alchemon with its crew of 9. They are to investigate the odd bi
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starship Alchemon is a story about the explorers who undertake long-distance space flight under directives from corporations.

There was something quire self-indulgent about this from the beginning - a rewrite of an earlier novel by the author to bring it inline with their standards. However, putting that aside and looking at the story itself - for the most part it was an enjoying story with a richly detailed world.

This novel fell into a pet peeve of mine - choosing odd names to stand in for what
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hinz, Christopher. Starship Alchemon. Angry Robot, 2019.
If you like first contact science fiction with extremely dangerous, creepy aliens, Starship Alchemon will fill the bill. Our heroine has been genetically engineered to have exceptional psi abilities. She and her crewmates are sent to a planet to investigate reports of what may be a new sentient species. It turns out, of course, that the reports are true, and that it is capable of shape changing, mental invasion and, worse yet, interfering w
Dec 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
TPB/ARC/Science Fiction: Well, this was a strange book. It just came out, so no spoilers, but it was strange.

What I liked was the “science fiction”. The author’s thought process in the devices that the ship’s crew used. I liked the pups and the Sentinel. The author used a lot of detail in what the limitations were. I would have liked was more of how humans became so mentally psy. Either I skipped it or I missed if this realm was always like this or did the psy start when the DNA modifications
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a sci-fi book according to my heart. It's entertaining, it makes you think and it keeps you hooked till the end.
I loved the well thought world building, the fleshed out cast of characters and the well crafted plot that kept me hooked till the end.
It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
It was an excellent read, strongly recommended.
Many thanks to Angry Robots and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Decent story in outline, but falls apart completely at the end with this bizarro centuries-in-the-future switcheroo. Also, the characters never came to life for me—they all seemed standard issue, without distinguishing quirks or traits. I was able to predict pretty much where the plot was going, too, which is never a good sign because I’m terrible at that sort of thing.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It had a lot of potential but just felt like it lacked any excitement or shock or much of anything. It never got to the point I was expecting and sort of just bored me throughout the entire story minus the ending, which was still kind of underwhelming.

The writing was good and some people may enjoy the story, it just wasn't for me.
Robert Rapplean
Starship Alchemon is a fun variation on the "spaceship crew picks up alien on remote planet, and it tries to kill them" trope. The characters are creative and believable, and the monster isn't your standard xeno. I found it to be light and entertaining. ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended with reservations.

Review posted at Tzer Island book blog:
Phil On The Hill
Very similar to Hinz's earlier novel Anachronisms. Quite good. I liked the ending. ...more
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kinda dissapointed. Liege killer is one of my fave scifi novels of all time. This just had simple old school scifi written all over it but never really engaged with the characters.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, owned, sci-fi
3 stars
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starship Alchemon is an entertaining read, and clearly, the author has delighted in all those little details that flesh out a novel to make it seem as 'realistic' as possible.

There is a palpable sense of futility for part of the novel that had me reading during the day, rather than at night, in order to get to the end and while the ending was somewhat drawn out, it was also both quite satisfying and a little bit frustrating. That said, there were points that tested my interest and there were a l
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Christopher Hinz is an author of science fiction thrillers – novels, comic books, screenplays and more.

Born in 1951 in Reading, PA, USA, his early passion for all things SF led to the writing of his first “book” in elementary school. A four-page epic, it featured a giant monster brought back from Mars who escapes and climbs the tallest building in Chicago, only to be blasted from that perch with a

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