Children of Occam

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 134 ratings

Containment Publisher's Summary

As Earth's ability to support human life begins to diminish at an alarming rate, the Global Space Agency is formed with a single mandate: protect humanity from extinction by colonizing the solar system as quickly as possible. Venus, being almost the same mass as Earth, is chosen over Mars as humanity's first permanent steppingstone into the universe.

Arik Ockley is part of the first generation to be born and raised off-Earth. After a puzzling accident, Arik wakes up to find that his wife is almost three months pregnant. Since the colony's environmental systems cannot safely support any increases in population, Arik immediately resumes his work on AP, or artificial photosynthesis, in order to save the life of his unborn child. Arik's new and frantic research uncovers startling truths about the planet and about the distorted reality the founders of the colony have constructed for Arik's entire generation. Everything Arik has ever known is called into question, and he must figure out the right path for himself, his wife, and his unborn daughter.

©2010 Christian Cantrell (P)2011 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • Containment

    • By: Christian Cantrell
    • Narrated by: William Dufris
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 97
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 86

    As Earth's ability to support human life begins to diminish at an alarming rate, the Global Space Agency is formed with a single mandate: protect humanity from extinction by colonizing the solar system as quickly as possible. Venus, being almost the same mass as Earth, is chosen over Mars as humanity's first permanent steppingstone into the universe. Arik Ockley is part of the first generation to be born and raised off-Earth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Promising but falls a little bit short

    • By Gregory on 07-11-11

    Regular price: $21.38

  • Book 2

    • Equinox

    • Children of Occam, Book 2
    • By: Christian Cantrell
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    A delicate balance exists between humankind on Earth and the Coronians, the descendants of terrestrial scientists who were marooned aboard the space station Equinox. In exchange for raw materials crucial to expanding their off-world home, the Coronians provide precious space-based solar power to an Earth obscured by greenhouse gasses. But distrust runs deep between the two races, with each yearning for freedom from their mutual dependence yet both terrified of perishing without the other's help.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, but one problem

    • By YACG on 06-13-16

    Regular price: $13.99