This Starship is Mine
5 out of 5 stars
Sometimes you pick a book because the synopsis drags you in or based on the cover art. And then other times you remember another story that the author wrote that blew your mind. That was the case with Peter Cawdron and Starship Mine (along with a couple other books I recently picked up). I read Free Fall by him and it just blew me away. Well, I’m happy to announce that Starship Mine was just as good as the first book I read by him.
The story in Starship Mine revolves around a couple that lives in Keyes, Oklahoma. They live a normal life taking care of foster children that they secretly (and quietly from home) call their own. One morning everyone wakes up and they’ve all had the same exact dream. A dream about another place. James did not have this dream in the night but ended up having it later during the day. What happened to him next was much different than what happened to the other people.
This story really gut punched me a few times and took me on some emotional roller coaster rides. I just recently lost my best friend to brain cancer and honestly, the near ending (no spoilers) almost had me in tears. I could really relate to James and how he was feeling. I honestly thought the book would have ended differently than it did, but I’m happy with the direction that Cawdron went. (I almost just spoiled the ending just now).
The amount of amazing science fiction that Cawdron just squeezed into 3 hours is incredible. I felt the same way about Free Fall — which was another novella/short story. I love when an author can do that and make me feel while writing a complete story.
I would highly recommend picking this book up and giving it a listen. Cawdron is a masterful science fiction writer that everyone should be familiar with. Starship Mine was a phenomenal book that really made me think and feel.
Starship Mine by Peter Cawdron
Narrator: Jeff Cummings
Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
Published by Brilliance Audio on September 12th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction
James Patterson is a gay accountant living in Keyes, Oklahoma—deep in the Bible Belt—the religious heartland of America. He’s also the first person to make contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence seeking to understand our world, and that makes him the most important person on the planet.
About the Author:
Peter is an Australian science fiction writer, specialising in hard science fiction.
Hard science fiction is a misnomer as far as categories of literature go, as it sounds harsh and difficult to understand, but that is far from reality. Hard science fiction is simply plausible science fiction, fiction that is written in such a way as it conforms to the known laws of science, and that makes it more interesting, as there’s no magic wand the protagonist can wave to get out of trouble. Peter’s forays into hard science fiction could best be described as informative science fiction or enjoyable science fiction.