Solar Express, the thrilling, new, hard science fiction novel from New York Times bestselling author L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
You can't militarize space. This one rule has led to decades of peaceful development of space programs worldwide. However, increasing resource scarcity and a changing climate on Earth's surface is causing some interested parties to militarize, namely India, the North American Union, and the Sinese Federation.
The discovery of a strange artifact by Dr. Alayna Wong precipitates a crisis. What appears to be a hitherto undiscovered comet is soon revealed to be an alien structure on a cometary trajectory toward the sun. Now there is a race between countries to see who can study and control the artifact dubbed the "Solar Express" before it perhaps destroys itself.
Leading the way for the North American Union is Alayna's friend, Captain Christopher Tavoian, one of the first shuttle pilots to be trained for combat in space. But, as the alien craft gets closer to its destination, it begins to alter the surface of the sun in strange new ways, ways that could lead Alayna to revolutionary discoveries-provided Chris can prevent war from breaking out as he navigates among the escalating tensions between nations.
Solar Express is a thrilling, new, hard science fiction novel from New York Times bestselling author L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Other Series by L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
The Saga of Recluce
The Imager Portfolio
The Corean Chronicles
The Spellsong Cycle
The Ghost Books
The Ecolitan Matter
The Forever Hero
The Green Progression
Hammer of Darkness
The Parafaith War
The Octagonal Raven
The Ethos Effect
The Eternity Artifact
The Elysium Commission
Empress of Eternity
The One-Eyed Man
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Alayna Wong-Grant, lone astrophysicist at a telescopic array on the dark side of the Moon, spots an object moving in a cometary orbit but with unnatural properties, including high reflectivity and traces of silver. Capt. Chris Tavoian, a Moon-based military pilot and Alayna's pen pal, volunteers for a hazardous mission to pilot a short-range spacecraft to the object. The object initially gets the unlikely official classification of asteroid, but as it gets closer to the sun and speeds up, hence being named Solar Express Alayna and Chris realize it is something much stranger. They need to join forces to figure out its secrets and keep Chris alive on his mission. Modesitt, better known for his epic fantasy (the Saga of Recluce), approaches the story slowly and methodically, revealing only tiny pieces at a time. The Solar Express itself is less interesting than Alayna and Chris's letters to each other and their back-and-forth over the object, but there's sufficient mystery and plenty of solid science.
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That was a great SF read.
The best high-tech sci-fi I've read in a long time.
Don't like to compare with other authors/books but can't help but think it a nice mix of Greg Egan and Ian M Banks - very believable tech and characters with a big dollop of mystery.
Will be reading more of Mr Modesitt's work for sure.