Friday, October 10, 2014

Killgrace and the Singular Situation Review Tour

Solar winds and steel chains are a difficult way to rescue a creature the size of a planet from the grip of a black hole. When the creatures in difficulty are something neither Susan or Cet have seen before, staying uninvolved is not an option. Gravity and relativity are not the only problems they face: there's also getting the would-be rescuers to work together.

"Fine, then back to work," Rex said, as the lift doors slid open almost unnoticed. "If we know how dense it is, and how large it is, can't we work out the strength for towing?"

"No. We don't know how malleable or brittle it is. It would be like towing a planet. The largest chains we've got would break from the inertia long before the creature needed to actively resist."

"But there's no gravity in space," Callaway said, as he walked across with Shearer. The scientists went quiet. Susan stared at the ceiling, the thought on her face quite clear. Dr. Ys, however, said it.

"How did you pass flight school?" Callaway stopped dead, ready to storm out and Susan took a slow breath. Her voice was a strained calm.

"Of course there is. What keeps the earth orbiting the sun?" she said. Dr. Rex was less restrained.

"If there's no gravity in space, what are we trying to rescue the creature from?"

"A nebula!"

"An accretion disc," Susan snapped at Callaway. It was unfair perhaps, since the younger officer had had a very bad morning, but she simply was not in the mood for this.

"But is it a nebula or an accretion disc?" Ys asked curiously, and Susan frowned. "What came first, the nebula or the black hole?"

"It could be simultaneous – a dying star shed its outer layers, the remaining core became the black hole, and it's now pulling in the previously shed matter as an accretion disc."

"Wouldn't that make it a very new black hole?"

My Review:
3.5 stars

Right off the bat, this book was heavy on the sci-fi. This isn't for the faint of heart, this is for the hardcore, Ray Bradbury sci-fi lovers. Now, I like sci-fi, but I'm not as hardcore as that, so for me, I had a hard time understanding a lot of the language and terms. This book is also part of a series of inter-related books, so I would recommend reading the free books on the author's website first so that KSS will make more sense, and it will also give you an idea of the type of terminology and such to expect. 

Even though I had a hard time understanding some of the terminology and such, I still enjoyed reading the book. It was full of adventure, and had me sitting on the edge of my seat. While it had a complete ending, there is still the mystery behind the two main characters remaining that will be continued in future books, so I will definitely be on the lookout for the future books in this series. If you like a good sci-fi adventure, this is definitely for you.

Author Bio and Links:
Two scientists unexpectedly stranded in a technological backwater find, to their dismay, that conservation of energy and E=mc2 are in effect. Most of their technology is useless. They have two ways to get home: try and merge the reality they are in with the main causality, or rebuild a navigational database from readings taken across space and take a shortcut. Unfortunately co-operation could be a problem. The world they came from was at war, and they aren't on the same side, or even the same species.

Under a shaky truce, they explore a series of worlds where physics may not work the same way, aliens exist and may never have encountered their various species before, and most dangerous of all, places where life as they know it is not supported. Since most of their technology is unavailable, they only have their knowledge of logic and science to save themselves. Between these infrequent trips, they have to build their operations base without damaging technological progress - starting on 1920s earth, and one of them knows enough history to know that there's another war on the horizon...

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