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ISBN:192938114X
Author: Michael McCollum
ISBN13: 978-1929381142
Title: The Sails of Tau Ceti
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Language: English
Category: Science Fiction
Publisher: Sci Fi-Arizona (June 1, 1998)
Pages: 300

The Sails of Tau Ceti by Michael McCollum



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I read the book again wanting to really like it. McCollum was a very active hard SF writer in the 1980s and 1990s, at least from my young perspective as I bought interesting-looking new titles in used book stores on Prince Edward Island. The ideas behind The Sails of Tau Ceti is certainly audacious. To a considerable extent, The Sails of Tau Ceti felt like it was only the introduction to a much broader and potentially more interesting universe.

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All characters and events in this book are purely fictional. Any similarities between the characters and any person living or dead are purely coincidental. Light sails used the pressure of reflected sunlight to propel their nonperishable cargoes across the Solar System. They were slow, but less expensive than even a ship in a Hohmann transfer orbit. This sail was probably towing a load of ice from Saturn's rings and using Mars's gravity to shape its approach to the inner moon.

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Scientists are surprised to discover an alien light sail on the edge of the solar system. That two species so similar could have evolved twelve light years from one another seems coincidental. One human soon discovers that coincidence has nothing to do with it.

Makers, Book 1. By: Michael McCollum. Narrated by: Melissa Exelberth. Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins. What disappointed you about The Sails of Tau Ceti? The book seems interesting but for me the narrator voice is just something I can't listen in my car with drive noise, I just lose the ending of the words and it is a bad experience. Discontinued after 20minutes.

Book is large format, printed on bright white paper, perfect bound, with full color, plastic laminated covers. Books are autographed by the author. No Mirrors below, please! Follow Rules! Sponsored High Speed Downloads.

Trade paperback version of science fiction novel. Originally published by Del Rey.

Book is large format, printed on bright white paper, perfect bound, with full color, plastic laminated covers. Books are autographed by the author.

Reviews: 7
Skiletus
Unwanted visitors that seem fascinating, then morph into something repulsive. You notice this book really gets you going emotionally. You imagine yourself in the situation this story so well describes and wonder how you would handle it. Very engrossing on many levels. I also think the author did one of the best jobs I have seen fleshing out female characters in the way females really react, and the same for male characters.

The ending is quite satisfactory and needed to reach a climax. Not at all your typical shoot'em up first encounter with first contact of an alien people. Yet set up so you think it will become just that at any moment. Even convinces you of how difficult it might be for any aliens to interface with humans without some sort of unavoidable conflict that will end badly.

I have been a bit amorphous on the details because I don't want to give away too much. It would be a shame to spoil such a finely done piece of writing.
Buge
Humanity is delighted when it discovers an artifact heading towards Earth from Tau Ceti, especially since that star recently became a nova rather unexpectedly. They are thrilled when they realize that the artifact is a ship carrying refugees. Some are xenophobic but most are eager to get their hands on some first class alien technology. An expedition is dispatched to meet the ship and all goes well...almost too well.

The aliens seem to know a lot about humanity. In fact, their knowledge seems uncanny and even frightening at times as they try to mimic their hosts. One person, though, learns the reason for this. They are not a simple group of refugees. They have much bigger plans and the survival of humanity depends upon treason and deception.

This is a well written and crafted story for most of its extent. The end is a bit draggy but it is worth reading.
Flamehammer
Had never heard of this author but he is such a great writer. The story is awesome and really keeps you intrigued. Highly recommended.
SoSok
Michael has a way of bringing technology to the average person. He also brings the characters alive and their relationship plays a meaningful role to the plot.
Dagdarad
Once again Michael McCollum has produced a great saga with very plausible content. His characters are believable and he has a knack of drawing the reader into the story
Landaron
A good novel built around an interesting plot in which a plot twist is revealed early but hold up throughout the novel.
Bliss
Good ideas, and the science was true to our current level of knowledge and tec.
I hope this storyline could be continued....
Just as construction of the earth's first interstellar probe is nearly finished, humanity receives its first visitor from the stars. A light-sail powered craft is coming from the direction of a recent nova, Tau Ceti. Yes, hard-sf fen, Mr. McCollum does explain how Tau Ceti went nova!

When astronomers learn that the alien vessl is a decelerating generation ship, the interstellar probe is refitted for an ambassadorial mission and launched with a crew including Victoria "Tory" Bronson. A co-designer of the probe, she has a rare ability to receive direct input from computers without her becoming disoriented.

Reaching the generation ship, the earth's ambassadors grow sympathetic to its crew, the survivors of the Phelan, because of their courage in making a difficult, hazardous voyage to save a remnant of their species from destruction. The Phelan appear to the ambassadors to be gentle, peaceful, and eager to please, but are hiding a terrible secret.

This, Tory learns to her dismay when the Phelan blackmail her into being their agent. For the sake of humanity's survival, she must convince her people to grant the Phelan a homeland on the earth...

The Sails of Tau Ceti is a well worked-out story that presents the reader a plausible setting and motive for a threatened interstellar war that would be fought at sub-light speeds. The novel invites comparison with Niven and Pournelle's Footfall, though Sails is written on a more modest scale than its predecessor was. Sail's strongest points are its well worked-out setting and conflict and the internal struggle that Tory faces in being required to save humanity by appearing to betray it.

Sail's weakest point is that its writing tends in places to be dry and too technical. Also, I had a sneaking suspicion that the Phelan had failed to address a basic question: since they knew in advance that the earth is inhabited, why did they send refugees here?

Over all, however, The Sails of Tau Ceti is a fine example of that rarity, a believable story of alien invasion.