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The year 2137: Humans discover they’re not alone in the universe. Competition between the SpaceHome Lagrangian colony and Earthers for first contact with the Aliens turns deadly in the rings of Saturn. Kurious Whitedimple is an unassuming professor of archaeology at SpaceHome University: possessor of a boring life at .3G and a boring future.

Junior Badille is a 19-year-old wrinkled gnome with an improbably high IQ, living with his parents in an isolated research station orbiting Saturn at 3.5 million kilometers: possessor of a lonely life and a short future. The odds of these two meeting, sharing high adventure, and forming a lasting friendship are astronomical...on the same order, for instance, as the accidental discovery of an alien message on the surface of Iapetus.... 

©1986, 2018, 2019 Grant Callin (P)2019 Grant Callin

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Well-written space opera with great characters

Grant Callin has a background in aerospace and astronautical engineering, and it shows. The plot is plausible (okay, suspend your disbelief about aliens, constant-acceleration spaceships, and maybe some strength of materials), but it's the characters that make the story.

The main character grows from a bit of nebbish to a "look of eagles" sky pilot right up there with the likes of Kim Kinnison and Cirocco Jones. He's got a lot of interior conflicts. He's terrible at cribbage. Somehow he succeeds, and earns the respect of (nearly) everyone for making some hard choices in a calm, responsible way. He's a lot like any of us, learning to do something new and difficult, or making a big change.

Callin's done his homework, and manages to maintain suspense during scenes like moon landings and navigating Saturn's ring system, while also keeping a common sense "let's be conservative and NASA-like" atmosphere. His astronautics are largely accurate (for the 80s, anyway) and his depiction of the CRF drive is consistent and pretty believable, once you get beyond the initial magic.

Oh, and it's funny. Except for the bits that will make you cry a little. No foolin'.

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my favorite sci-fi book of all time

this has been my favorite book since I was young. I'm so thrilled it's finally an audio book. I'm looking forward to the sequel.