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Alpha Centauri

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The word in the year 2239 is that the human race is doomed. With the Earth groaning beneath the weight of 200 billion people and with the limit of derivable scientific knowledge frighteningly close at hand, scientists believe the human race will crash, burn and vanish by the end of the twenty-third century. The last hope of humanity travels with Captain Virginia Vonzell Qi ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Eos (first published 1997)
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Randy Mcdonald
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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Jared
Aug 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: hard sci-fi fans
Recommended to Jared by: my local bookstore
When someone asks me to name my favorite book, I always reach an impasse between this novel and The Dying Earth by Jack Vance. The two can't really be compared because they have nothing in common, so I usually end up listing both. The Dying Earth wins in fantasy, and Alpha Centauri wins in hard sci-fi.

There's a LOT of sex in this book, described graphically, but despite what you might think, that's no why I like it. :P I mention it only as a warning. If the book were a movie, it'd be rated X.
Eric
Mar 07, 2010 rated it did not like it
A glacially paced book about humanity's first interstellar expedition to the Alpha Centauri star system. A combination of hard sci-fi and messy sexual relations between the crew members. There really wasn't much of a story at all, just a series of confusing and ambiguous explorations. The themes were all depressing and nihilistic.
Audrey
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Audrey by: Nick R.
Is jargon a plot device? Brief spurts of action interspersed with the nauseous back-stories of the main characters. It didn't really start getting interesting to me until page 250. The end was okay, but mostly I found it repetitious and tiresome and a bit dull.
Laz the Sailor
Mar 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
My first DNF! Multiple perspectives, flashbacks, and general confusion send this book back to the used book store. I wish I had been able to push through to the sex, but I was annoyed from the second chapter. Which is too bad, because some of the detailed tech was intriguing.
Kendra
Apr 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1/4th Sci-Fi, sort of, 3/4ths porn. And this is coming from someone who is open about sex and sexuality. Idiotic, long-winded book. Removed from collection.
Drew
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed this book. Some good old classic space exploration mixed with complex relationships among the members of the exploration crew. Lots of creativity went into writing this.
Ryan
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
More like 3.5 stars, so chose 4 as a round up due to the last chapter. A good exploration of space drama and the human soul.
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William Renald Barton III (born September 28, 1950) is an American science fiction writer. In addition to his standalone novels, he is also known for collaborations with Michael Capobianco. Many of their novels deal with themes such as the Cold War, space travel, and space opera.

Barton also has written short stories that put an emphasis on sexuality and human morality in otherwise traditional scie
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