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MarilynW
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Planet Pluto: First Contact Sci-fi by B.C. Chase

Someone, something is out there and they are ready to meet us. On March 15th, 2013, NASA receives a transmission from the Voyager 1 probe that says: "Hello. We received your golden record. Let's meet." The rendezvous date is November 30, 2021 and the meeting location is the planet Pluto, both set by the alien responders. NASA, spares no expense to make this happen, bringing out relics of the past to spend the next years to make the trip possible.
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Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
That was freaking awesome, I loved it! Quality sci-fi that developed a bit of a horror vibe as the book progressed - what could be better? Planet Pluto is about a first contact mission. When Voyager 2 left the solar system and headed off into deep space it took with it a message for any life forms that were listening. And one day they replied! NASA must send seven people on a mission to make contact on the surface of Pluto on 30 November 2021. A list of names was helpfully provided. Among the ex ...more
Ash
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel has left me speechless. But I must find words for a review.

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach was my favorite non-fiction read of last year, and this year I had the pleasure of reading Endurance from Scott Kelly, another astronaut nonfiction book. So to pick up Planet Pluto by BC Chase, an ISS science fiction epic journey, was a treat beyond measure.

From the first pages, I was swept away into this story. The writing is clear and fluid. The pacing is excellent enough that it's noticeable
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Nilo Sérgio
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was a wonderful surprise to read Planet Pluto and I now consider B. C. Chase a great addition to my list of sci-fi authors to be followed.

Planet Pluto first, handles the downgrade of Pluto, from a planet to something lesser, by recovering a much-deserved place on my childhood planets list.

Another point that made me hooked on this book was the approach to the story. Instead of having seasoned astronauts making the tale, we got an aged truck driver that as the main character. Love the way that
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Shane A. Coffey
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic book. It was definitely a nice escape into something different. I have found myself going and just thumbing back through the book. The Author took so much care into all the small details that it really helps you appreciate the story that much more. A true talent is creating a story like this and keeping everyone on the fiction and nonfiction side happy. Well done.
Don Pedicini Jr.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all I received an ARC copy for an unbiased review. Jim is a 75 year old truck driver who is called on by NASA to be a part of a mission to Pluto with other astronauts. Why Jim when he totally does not have the same background as the others? P,anet Pluto by B.C. Chase is not only a great scifi adventure read, it also makes the reader think about different ideas based on morals and ethicx.
Once I started reading this book I had a hard time putting it down. I was very happy that I had the
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Cherei
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Planet Pluto: First Contact by B.C. Chase is about a group of astronauts and one old semi-truck driver who has been specifically requested by name by an alien race to meet on Pluto on Nov. 30, 2021! Can you imagine being in your seventies and receiving a call at three A.M by the NASA Director? Especially when he tells you that aliens have specifically requested your presence on the most remote planet in our solar system.

I absolutely LOVED Planet Pluto: First Contact!! From the very beginning to
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Lee Sharp
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to author B. C. Chase and NetGalley for the chance to review the Advanced Reader's Copy of this book. This was an unexpected gem for sure!

The basic story focuses on senior citizen truck driver Jim Perkins as he is selected by aliens as an addition to a select crew of astronauts tasked with meeting them, on an expedited schedule, in humanity's first contact with alien life, at a site on Pluto. Space travel is not without inherent risks, and the author introduces the reader to a bunch, a
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Lee Sharp
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to author B. C. Chase and NetGalley for the chance to review the Advanced Reader's Copy of this book. This was an unexpected gem for sure!

The basic story focuses on senior citizen truck driver Jim Perkins as he is selected by aliens as an addition to a select crew of astronauts tasked with meeting them, on an expedited schedule, in humanity's first contact with alien life, at a site on Pluto. Space travel is not without inherent risks, and the author introduces the reader to a bunch, a
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Allison
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2020
I will first confess that I don't usually read books that are fully science fiction, and not usually space related. So I was a bit unsure starting Planet Pluto. However, I was told by a friend that it was very good, so I thought I'd give it a try. And I was so glad I did!!
Planet Pluto had me hooked right from the beginning. The premise is interesting, as are the characters. The action begins right away as the harrowing voyage to Pluto speeds forward, and doesn't let up.
B.C. Chase is a great wri
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Beppie
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Planet Pluto!" Yes! NOT the celestial body formerly known as Pluto. Take that, Neil deGrasse Tyson!!

B.C. Chase has written a thoroughly enjoyable, scientifically and technically detailed story centering around this: WE are not alone in the UNIVERSE. And "THEY" just said "Howdy! Let's meet."👽
What ensues is a cogent, pitch perfect tale of what might happen if man's quest for BIG ANSWERS to universe centric questions were jumpstarted into overdrive by a first contact scenario.

I'd like to thank Ne
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Henry
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exciting, realistic slave adventure

Chase is a really excellent writer who is determined that pretty much everything technical he describes be possible. The story and writing are good enough that this hardly matters. There are lots of puzzling things about this journey to Pluto for First Contact, but they all are logically explained.

It is definitely a retelling of Arthur C. Clarke's "2001," whether or not the author did it consciously. But you won't know it until you've completed the book and sta
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Jeff
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Planet Pluto is a quirky, enjoyable read about mankind’s first contact with aliens. When NASA receives a communication from an unknown alien life source requesting first contact on the planet Pluto, the aliens list the names of the crew they want to man the mission. This list includes an elderly truck driver from Kansas, who is the protagonist and narrator of the story. As you may expect, things go haywire quickly as the mission proceeds. It’s a clever story with some humor and suspense, and doe ...more
Timothy Haas
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book for review

A very enjoyable book! I enjoyed Jim, this is the main character in the book. As the crew travels to Pluto, you view the encounters from his point. Midway through the book, you will discover who the crew is visiting. No spoilers will be given in this review.

The story is very enjoyable and a well-written sci-fi book. If you enjoy sci-fi, then read this book.
Renee
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved reading the book, It was a great way to enjoy reading about space travel as seen through the eyes of the main character, Jim. He is not an astronaut but was told he had to be on this flight. I highly recommend it even if you're not a big science fiction fan, it was just a great story. ...more
Paul
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good stuff. This might be considered hard sci-fi because it is pretty realistic story. I enjoyed the characters and the pacing. A solid sci-fi tale. Recommended.

Thanks very much for the review copy!!
Donna
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun

It is lots of fun. A science fiction mystery. Kept me guessing. Liked the absence of vulgar language and explicit sex.
Hugo Saravia
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pluto rising!

This is a journey to Pluto were the characters don't know it but it's supposed to be a one way trip, fortunately, for our hapless mission to Pluto crew, a 75 years old guy along for the ride will save the day.
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Dave Milbrandt
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. While the author's research shows up a little too often for my taste, I appreciate all the work he has done to make this a believable tale of interplanetary travel. The protagonist is an atypical one, but he provides the perfect insight into all that happens. ...more
WorldconReader
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Disclaimer: I thank the publisher, Preseption Press, for providing me with a review copy of this book.

The cover of "Planet Pluto" by B. C. Chase has a very enticing picture of an EVA astronaut and a spacecraft in front of the (dwarf?) planet Pluto in the dark of space. This sets certain expectations which are certainly met as other than flashbacks the novel is entirely about the crew's journey from Earth to Pluto. Additionally the cover phrase "You can't call for help when you're three billion m
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Cherei
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Planet Pluto: First Contact by B.C. Chase is about a group of astronauts and one old semi-truck driver who has been specifically requested by name by an alien race to meet on Pluto on Nov. 30, 2021! Can you imagine being in your seventies and receiving a call at three A.M by the NASA Director? Especially when he tells you that aliens have specifically requested your presence on the most remote planet in our solar system.

I absolutely LOVED Planet Pluto: First Contact!! From the very beginning to
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Barbara
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I thought this book was very well written for the most part. I did enjoy the details of the space flight. And the characters were interesting. I don't think the build-up worked with the ending. That felt to me like a bit of a cop=out. I think what the author was trying to portray would be called the singularity (though not the original definition of the word). However, the so called singularity could in no way occur at the level of development of technology that we now have, and could not be ca ...more
Craig Pearson
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. I am not able to give more than three stars because of the issues I had with the technical details throughout the book that just did not seem plausible. The was a good read and the plot did keep me interested throughout. It eventually became obvious why the aliens came no closer than Pluto but a better explanation early on would have helped. Using the ISS as an interplanetary spacecaft just is not plausible. Torsion, propul ...more
Delany
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s a good story, but I never felt particularly engaged with any of the characters; I barely hung on to the finish, but did so because I did care enough to want to see how it would wind up. Delighted to finish it. Maybe folks who are a bit more heavily into science fiction will enjoy it more than I did.
Aneil
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
David
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I appreciated the real science that went into writing this fiction, as well as the author's ability to build suspense as the humans head toward their rendezvous with the aliens. But while the ending had a promising premise, its actual development was contrived and disappointing. ...more
Marty Thompson
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome

BC offers the reader a unique journey into the possibility of a trip to Pluto with a crew of young astronauts and a 75 year old truck driver. Interesting premise? It’s a great read and I encourage you to join me in the adventure.


Justin Redman
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Weird good different

My title should sum it up. Weird damn storyline with great characters especially me ( I identified with the old man). I am a lot like him in too many ways Thoroughly enjoyed except for the ending but this is well written very!
Ronald SmithJr
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Chasing Pluto

I tried to enjoy this book. Many of the characters were somewhat believable, others not so much. I found it to be a rough read, it was work to complete.
Mr David
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Somewhat interesting.
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