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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,629 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christian Cantrell Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Children of Occam Series Release Date:
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As Earth’s ability to support human life begins to diminish at an alarming rate, the Global Space Agency is formed with a single mandate: protect humanity from extinction by colonizing the solar system as quickly as possible. Venus, being almost the same mass as Earth, is chosen over Mars as humanity’s first permanent steppingstone into the universe.

Arik Ockley is part of the first generation to be born and raised off-Earth. After a puzzling accident, Arik wakes up to find that his wife is almost three months pregnant. Since the colony’s environmental systems cannot safely support any increases in population, Arik immediately resumes his work on AP, or artificial photosynthesis, in order to save the life of his unborn child.

Arik’s new and frantic research uncovers startling truths about the planet and about the distorted reality the founders of the colony have constructed for Arik’s entire generation. Everything Arik has ever known is called into question, and he must figure out the right path for himself, his wife, and his unborn daughter.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike | 2/9/2014

    " You will probably not like this unless you are a nerd. There is a lot of techinical talk in here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paulo VR | 2/2/2014

    " A little bit predictable and overdetailed on technical aspects. You can definetely feel his CS background. Neverthless a very interesting and fun book to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexandru | 1/30/2014

    " Best sci-fi I've read in a while. Very realistically described, full of technical details. Way too short. I mean the whole scene practically begs for the continuation of the story. The whole reason behind the deception (it is still unclear to me) and other things in the book require a sequel as I hope is under way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Donna | 1/29/2014

    " I never could get past the premise of a human colony on Venus. If you're going to write something so impossible, you have to just do it and not try to explain it. Cantrell constantly slows the story down by giving long technological explanations. Unfortunately there's no help for the awkward plotting and unbelievability of this story. I gave it two stars instead of one because I didn't see the plot twist coming. Sadly, too little, too late. "

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Author Christian Cantrell

Christian Cantrell is a science fiction writer and software developer living in Northern Virginia.