Book: Stella by Richard Winder
|4.3 stars based on the 3 most helpful Amazon reviews|
Richard Winderabout this book: Imagine a future where interstellar travel, though possible, is anything but routine. A future where universal legal care and automation taxes have transformed society. A future where one rookie cop can find herself at the center of a dangerous maelstrom of conspiracy and murder, one that threatens Earth itself. Stella is that rookie cop, and the title character in this new vision of the future. The story is part murder mystery, part space opera. The book cover, created by the author using some painting and computer graphics techniques, features a critical scene where Stella must rise to the occasion to commandeer a starship and save Earth.
Much of the book is about just that; meeting the challenges of a complex future. The story proposes new technologies that permit spacecraft to 'tunnel' through interstellar space in a frozen, quantum-degenerate state, reducing the impacts of Einstein's relativity. This is a new idea that flirts with the edge of physics as we currently know it. The story also includes a time-travel element, and it becomes clear at the end that people of the future are not some abstraction; they are our very human descendants, and they need our help.
One reviewer has said that this book "...burns slow, but boy does it burn bright." I hope that fans of hard-core speculative SF will enjoy the ideas presented in this story, and consider their possibilities.
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