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Starfarers

de Vonda N. McIntyre

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The starship Starfarer is poised for our first voyage to another star system. The Alien Contact Team - physicist Victoria Fraser MacKenzie, geneticist Stephen Thomas Gregory, geographer Satoshi Lono, and alien contact specialist J.D. Sauvage - and the rest of the faculty and staff prepare for humanity's most ambitious exploratory expedition. But the world has changed. A new regime orders the vessel to be abandoned. It will be turned into an instrument of war. What do the Starfarers do? They do what any red-blooded Alien Contact Team would do. They steal the starship.… (més)
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Really well executed social, some lovely ideas, and overall solid writing. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
This was slower than I expected, but I think that’s a factor of its age and the expectations of the time. There’s a lot of set-up—how they’ve designed the ship and why, who the cast is and what drives them, discussions of the political situation, and so on. It’s sort of a mix between character drama and the Big Dumb Object novel, but there’s also a side plot with some humans artificially adapted to ocean life. Lots of cool science and thinking through that science, and I liked a lot of the characters, but it never felt like the plot had much momentum? Plus it felt very much like McIntyre was constantly setting the sequel.

6/10 ( )
  NinjaMuse | Jul 26, 2020 |
Academic politics IN SPACE!
Between the soviet politics and the genetically engineered people who swim with whales I was worried this would turn out to be that very 80s sort of sci fi book, but it did not. ( )
  haloedrain | Aug 3, 2019 |
First in a series of 4.
It could be humanity's most glorious accomplishment - an interstellar ship designed for a peaceful scientific mission of exploration and searching for sentient life elsewhere in the universe.
Unfortunately, international politics being as you might expect, not everything is running as smoothly as the researchers might wish - as a matter of fact, some countries have pulled out their personnel, funding to the ship has been cut, and there are plans afoot to scuttle the whole mission, arm the ship with nuclear devices and use it as an orbiting weapons platform, never to leave our solar system.
Against this background, the book focuses more on interpersonal relationships and politics than on action - we get to know Victoria, Satoshi and Stephen Thomas - partners in a multiethnic group marriage that old-timers find shocking and young folks feel is old-fashioned. Theoretical alien-contact specialist J.D. and her genetically altered 'diver' friend Zev. Elderly ex-General Cherenkov - former hero or terrorist? And possibly, the screwdriver in the works - undercover agent and militarist Griffith...

Good, but the book ends leaving you feeling like it's all a set-up for events yet to come... luckily I've got the next book! ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I wanted to like this more than I did. There's a lot of cool elements to it, and all the structure to be a great story, but... I felt it's better at plot than at characterisation. So many of the characters were so one-note. The antagonists were never allowed to really have good reasons to disagree (or even to be wrong with dignity) and the government was plain evil. The minor characters got to be the Temperamental Artiste, the Possibly-Senile Grandmother, the Hermit Hero, the Dashing Journalist, etc. And the main characters are never wrong about anything of substance.

As set-up for the rest of the series it might work better than as a stand-alone. But as set-up it hasn't really convinced me that I care enough about the characters to read more. ( )
  zeborah | Mar 29, 2013 |
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McIntyre, Vonda N.autor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Herring, MichaelAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Hescox, RichardAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Taylor, ByronIl·lustradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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To Michael, Holly, Terry, Leroy, Sue, for believing in the starship before it existed; To Ryan for the video and Steve for the t-shirts; and, of course, To Majel & Gene for encouragement at the airport.
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The starship Starfarer is poised for our first voyage to another star system. The Alien Contact Team - physicist Victoria Fraser MacKenzie, geneticist Stephen Thomas Gregory, geographer Satoshi Lono, and alien contact specialist J.D. Sauvage - and the rest of the faculty and staff prepare for humanity's most ambitious exploratory expedition. But the world has changed. A new regime orders the vessel to be abandoned. It will be turned into an instrument of war. What do the Starfarers do? They do what any red-blooded Alien Contact Team would do. They steal the starship.

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