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Beyond The Milky Way (The Galaxy Series Book 1) (edició 2015)

de Aithal (Autor), Darshini (Il·lustrador)

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Títol:Beyond The Milky Way (The Galaxy Series Book 1)
Autors:Aithal (Autor)
Altres autors:Darshini (Il·lustrador)
Informació:Season Ball (2015), 362 pages
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Beyond The Milky Way (The Galaxy Series Book 1) de Aithal (Author)

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This is a science fiction and fantasy adventure which has a lot going for it but, sadly, it has also been compromised a little by forces which drag it back like unnecessary luggage. I’ll try to explain.

The best elements of this novel are the imaginative interludes on a strange planet, the world building and unusually sustainable plan for future society, the science fiction architecture of mushroom-like habitations that rise out of reach when the twin moons flood the land, the use of hoverpods and the concept of brability. With caveats, I have to acknowledge the by now traditional use of science fiction as a vehicle to force introspection in us; to make us re-evaluate what we are doing to the world, our mistakes and where we are going. That is science fiction’s job, absolutely, but the message has to be approachable and subtle as preaching openly tends to put readers off.

One of the arguably good or bad elements of this novel must be the information dump at the beginning. I quite like information dumps because I learn a lot in a condensed form and I think it was a good tool in this story to have a broadcaster reading from NASA’s detailed press information release, as that was a good excuse for technical context that would not normally be in a conversation. I don’t object to this element personally but I know readers often dislike information dumps as they can sound dry, like cut-and-pasted material from the internet, so that may or may not be your thing.

The negative aspects were on show as well and some of them can be attributed to the author being clever enough to have learned multiple languages, of which English is not the first tongue. I would never have the confidence to write in a different language and would be astounded if people didn’t suspect it wasn’t my first, so have to make an adjustment for some imperfections. An independent second pair of eyes is recommended if you are brave enough to do this though.

Having said that, a conveyor belt of short sentences reads unimpressively and an average of 8.3 words per sentence is poor when compared to the supposed average of 14 in literature. The average number of characters per word in this is also unusually low at 4.2. Then there’s the repetition. My analytical toy tells me that this 86,000 word text uses the word “he” 1,917 times and that the word “He” is the first word in 699 sentences, “His” accounts for another 89 and “The man” scores 27. All of this could be fixed and some of that work can be done by simply turning two short sentences into one with a conjunction. As a footnote, the sequel to this book does not have the same readability problem.

I do wonder why a surface to orbit space shuttle is used here as a deep space exploration vehicle and I also wonder how a vessel that small sent off in search of water might return with a supply copious enough for anyone to bother with. If much of the water on Earth has been spoiled, wouldn’t the new supply also become contaminated once it enters the water cycle? If the shuttle can make water from hydrogen, why doesn’t it just park on the runway and do that instead? Maybe I misunderstood. Another thing I didn’t follow was why a layer of poison gas beyond the atmosphere of a planet would be a problem, as no one would be out there unprotected to breathe it. I think it would also be torn away at the first sign of a solar flare. The character called Kim is essentially an emotional reactor, i.e. the boys do something and she registers a reaction like Faye Wray in King Kong. With the success of feminism, many writers have tried to even the balance for female characters and I see the author has attempted this by making her an expert in two subject areas, but the squealing is still a bit old fashioned.

Some simple typos appeared as I read through this, so there were issues left over after the copy editing. “The Untied States” was amusing, but there are also unnecessary double spaces in a few sentences, a couple of full stops and commas badly positioned or with gaps in front of them (e.g. “It was disc shaped with what looked like , rivets, on its edge”) consecutive repetition of words such as “whether whether”, “down down” and “on on”, then one “splitt up”, a “truely” and “It’s fur was black”. Another unintentionally funny line was “They are far more inferior than we are”, which suggests the aliens accept that, like humans, they are inferior to something else but not as much as the humans are.

The other issue which a fraction of the readership will find hard to stomach is the Christmas Carol (Dickens) effect. To be fair to the author, this book can be regarded as a snapshot in world history because he’s been writing a science fiction story at a time when heavy political events were unfolding in the background – specifically, the appointment of a divisive and undeniably polarising American president. I don’t want to get into the political rights and wrongs because the US is not my country and I though both candidates were worrying but I can observe that the author got distracted by this very political time and had very strong feelings against one side, which crept highly visibly into the story. The story therefore started as enjoyable and imaginative sci-fi adventure but the author’s voice became formidable when lecturing on gun control, pollution, global warming, religion, over population and the election, to the point where the reader has natural sympathy for those points but wonders what happened to the lovely sci-fi adventure. I’m not against conveying an educational message, but this was strong stuff and detracted from the enjoyment. In London, there’s a place called Hyde Park Corner where you can stand on a box and say these things for as long as you like, if anyone cares to listen. In case you wondered, the Christmas Carol technique is to show a future disaster to the characters and then give them an opportunity to go back to a previous point in time and lecture us all to not go down that alley (meaning not vote for that particular figure). If that real life figure turns out on balance to be beneficial, emphasising the if, by signing a huge peace treaty for example, it’s too late because the book is in print, so following this strategy is always a gamble.

On the whole, this is a good science fiction story, written by a capable imagination and told by a very committed voice, which means well but isn’t subtle. Richard Dawkins similarly pitches his views in and angry style, although on a different subject. Most of the flaws I’ve picked up could be fixed or softened in a second edition if the writer was concerned, in hindsight, about the possibility of alienating a few readers. If the author is not particularly bothered about annoying people who hold opposing views to his own, then that’s fine too. There is a history of free speech delivered as an undercurrent in fiction books and that right must be protected. No matter what else you believe, believe in that. ( )
  HavingFaith | Mar 21, 2018 |
Really did enjoy this book. It tells what is the most possible future of this planet we live in. Best character is Don, he can really think. He can argue to learn not to prove who is right. I recommend this book to everyone. Even if you do not pay attention to the characters (who by the way are awesome), then pay attention to their environment., there is something to learn.
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  Rikudouensof | Dec 21, 2017 |
“Beyond the Milky Way” is a book by a new author who has a good future ahead of him as a Sci-Fi writer. The book was self-published. But, unlike a few self-published books I’ve recently read, Aithal did a good job editing “Beyond the Milky Way”. There were a few areas in the eBook version where phrases were repeated. But, this was a minor distraction when compared to the misspellings and lack of capitalization that I see in other self-published books.

As a criticism of the author, I think that his description of the books female character is behind the times. In the 40’s and 50’s, it was common to portray a woman as weak and easily frightened. But that is not how a typical woman brought up on a Texas ranch is seen today. Actually, no American woman wants to be thought of as such.

To further show this disconnect, Aithal’s female astronaut is squeamish about being in space and in high places. She screams whenever startled and macho male characters, like in a 50’s Sci-Fi book, quickly jump to defend this delicate creature. Also, there were no female characters among the alien leaders or their lieutenants. In the enlightened society that these aliens supposedly have, such a manifestation would be unlikely.

A female astronaut today, like a female executive, a female soldier, or a policewoman, is expected and trained to be confident when faced with uncertainties. American women do read Sci-Fi; portraying them as weak could turn them off to this author.

I sense that I’m being too critical, because, I liked the book! It’s about a team of astronauts who are on a mission to another planet in hopes of finding water for a parched Earth. They accidentally get sucked into a vortex that sends them across the galaxy to another planet inhabited by aliens that look like us but are more advanced with superior technology and communication skills. The astronauts begin to wonder if they’ve found Eden but soon become aware of problems among the aliens that are not spoken of.

The book ends with the astronauts taking the aliens’ only starship and returning to Earth. On escaping with the ship from a population of mutant aliens, some of these mutants get on board. Also on board is a stranded normal alien. These stowaways will undoubtedly be addressed in the second book in this series as it will start with the spaceship’s arrival on Earth.

Each chapter started with an illustration depicting a scene from that chapter, a nice touch. The illustrator, Darshini, has my compliments.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in “The Galaxy Series”, “Return to Earth”. I noticed that it’s already listed on Amazon. ( )
  ronploude | Jul 2, 2017 |
Really did enjoy this book. It tells what is the most possible future of this planet we live in. Best character is Don, he can really think. He can argue to learn not to prove who is right. I recommend this book to everyone. Even if you do not pay attention to the characters (who by the way are awesome), then pay attention to their environment., there is something to learn. ( )
  Rikudouensof | Jun 30, 2017 |
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Beyond the Milky Way is an upcoming book, a story that fans of The Martian will definitely want to add to their reading list. I finished reading it in two days, it was very gripping and interesting. "Could humans survive living on another planet?" has always been an interesting topic, one that has a lot of controversy, and in this exciting book, three people dare to find out. The trouble is that although their new-found planet has the elements humans need to survive, it doesn't necessarily have the things that they're connected to emotionally, and to stay away from Earth will be the ultimate test to see just what "home" really means.

I'm really glad I got to review this book; there have been similar books in the past but none exactly like this that go into so much depth. It's part sci-fi, but also combines a number of other elements and explores human nature in a realistic and eye-opening way. Beyond the Milky Way will have readers questioning not just themselves, but the world (and possibly many other worlds) around them as well ( )
  IWO | May 22, 2017 |
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