Michael and Jamie live in Dome 17. The last place safe for humans, or any life, on a dying Earth. They are adventurers who have explored other domes, but everywhere else is dead. Will Dome 17 meet the same fate? The committee has a risky plan to try out unproven technologies: a faster than light scout ship, and teleportation. Both technologies have severe limits. Only two people can be carried aboard those FTL scout ships for a one way journey. Teleportation can only work when a receiving pad is at the target location. So can they make both these technologies work to save the last of humanity? A century before, the people of Earth had built gigantic colony ships with enclosed habitats. They were filled with flora and fauna and people. These ships were launched into space knowing it would take generations to reach other solar systems. Those space pioneers would live out their lives in transition to a new world. But the colony ship program was considered a dismal failure. All of the colony ships were considered lost. Will Michael and Jamie travel to one of the colony ships? Will it be a derelict? Or will it be a chance for a new home for humanity? What will they find as they try the recovery of a colony ship?
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.Outstanding Sci fi ,Top Rate!
"...a new life...it had to be better."
A really delightful story with tension but without gory details.
Earth has been reduced at some time in the past to a totally inhospitable world incapable of supporting life. Most of the population had fled in seven Colony Ships, heading into space in search of new worlds to call home. But some had stayed and domes had been constructed to protect the last of humanity remaining behind. But the domes had started to fail. Finally, only one remained and it, too, was coming to the end of it's life. Soon, the occupants of Come 17 would also die - unless an evacuation to one of the long distant Colony ships could be made.
Science had advanced considerable in the several generations since the ships had left. Now it would be possible for a team of two to reach a ship using faster than light technology and, from there, build a portal for the other doomed Dome 17 inhabitants to walk through, away from earth and into safety. But time is very short and the location of and conditions within the ships was unknown. We follow two intrepid adventurers, Michael and Jamie, as they set out on their mission to save the last people on Earth.
Simply written, with sufficient characterisation to make the two main protagonists endearing and with colourful representation of the worlds encountered, this book grips the attention and imagination in the way that Journey into Space, a 1950s radio drama did so many years ago.As well as the excitement and wonder of the unknown, there is also the race against time to add piquancy. Narrator John Thornton has a clear and pleasant English voice, with the hint of a Northern accent, and his dialogue is excellent, from the human male and female voices to his representation of the A.I.s. He does, however, have a slightly dislocated reading of the text in between, with short inappropriate tiny pauses, especially after giving someone's conversation, for example when noting something that Jamie had said, but then moving on to the next conversational comment as if it were this same person speaking. Fortunately, as already noted, the character voicings are so distinctive that this does not make the story unclear. There is also a brief paragraph in chapter 26 which is repeated twice, an editorial flaw. Throughout, Mr.Thornton's narration is bright and perky, obviously to keep the story upbeat for younger listeners. Unfortunately, this also has the effect of dampening down much of the intrinsic tension, putting it more on the level of Winnie the Pooh in that regard.
My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me my copy of Recovery of a Colony Ship, via Audiobook Boom. Despite being decades older than the 13 or over suggested reading age, I did enjoy this book. It was fresh and somewhat unusual. Because of the gentle text and, especially, the up beat reading, I think that many younger than aged 13 adventurous listeners would enjoy it, too.
- Norma Miles