Book: The Starchild Compact - A Hard Science Fiction Novel of Jihad and Interplanetary Exploration (The Starchild Series Book 2) by Robert G. Williscroftcategories: Book, Saturn, Iapetus, Vasimr, Jihad, Gas Core Reactor, Spacecraft, Noah, NASA, Tether, Israel, Hard Science Fiction
Robert G. Williscroftabout this book: The Starchild Compact is a hard science fiction novel based on the premise that Saturn's moon Iapetus is an artifact, and this upon the observation that Iapetus has a 20 km high, 20 km wide mountainous wall all around its equator, and that its density is about that of water, although Iapetus is a rocky world. The answer could be as simple as a measurement error; or, another possible explanation for this low density is that Iapetus is hollow – a derelict starship, perhaps. The Starchild Compact is about a voyage of exploration to discover the true nature of Iapetus.
We live in a world that is increasingly polarized into competing factions based upon religion, political perspective, lifestyle, and many other characteristics. Bring all these together into the confines of a spaceship underway to Iapetus, and throw a Jihadist stowaway into the mix, and you have the first half of The Starchild Compact.
If Iapetus is an ancient artifact, then somebody built it, and those builders could have descendants that may have interacted with humanity during its long rise from caveman to interplanetary explorer. The second half of The Starchild Compact is about the Founders and their interaction first with the crew, and then with humanity at large. It explores the profound effect this discovery has on the peoples of Earth, and on their religious beliefs and institutions.
I spent hundreds of hours researching the various aspects of The Starchild Compact. I studied NASA footage from the original Cassini flyby of Iapetus and dozens of the best photographs available in order to find and describe suitable landing sites for the Cassini II explorers. I ran innumerous calculations to ensure the accuracy of story timeline, communication transit times, the nature of powered and tethered spaceflight, and details of being on the surface of Iapetus.
I started with the current limits of physics and engineering as they relate to space flight, and projected them into a near future, postulating what might be, based upon what is now. I did the same with politics, religion, life style, and the nature of war. The Starchild Compact is the result of all this, a story of exploration and human derring-do that will leave you filled with wonder at tomorrow's possibilities.
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