The cover tells you all you need to know about this book: Vikings!—spaceships! What could go wrong? From the standpoint of a rip-roaring science fiction adventure, absolutely nothing: this masterpiece is further confirmation that we’re living in a new Golden Age of science fiction, made possible by the intensely meritocratic world of independent publishing sweeping aside the politically-correct and social justice warrior converged legacy publishers and re-opening the doors of the genre to authors who spin yarns with heroic characters, challenging ideas, and red-blooded adventure just as in the works of the grandmasters of previous golden ages.
From the standpoint of the characters in this novel, a great many things go wrong, and there the story begins. In the twenty-third century, humans find themselves in a desperate struggle with the only other intelligent species they’d encountered, the Cho-ta’an. First contact was in 2125, when a human interstellar ship was destroyed by the Cho-ta’an while exploring the Tau Ceti system. Shortly thereafter, co-ordinated attacks began on human ships and settlements which indicated the Cho-ta’an possessed faster-than-light travel, which humans did not. Humans formed the Interstellar Defense League (IDL) to protect their interests and eventually discovered and captured a Cho-ta’an jumpgate, which allowed instantaneous travel across interstellar distances. The IDL was able to reverse-engineer the gate sufficiently to build their own copies, but did not understand how it worked—it was apparently based upon some kind of wormhole physics beyond their comprehension.... [Read More]
I recently changed churches. Not in a small way, but a huge way. As a cradle Episcopalian, liturgy has become very important to me. I see the value and purpose in it. I’m very protestant when it comes to not trusting the Pope, but in some ways I might be less enthusiastic about the authority of apostolic succession given the tendency for these hierarchical churches to promote less than qualified priests.
I’m now attending a Baptist church. To call it a culture shock would be an understatement, but the teaching is sound, draws from our current culture and philosophies without politicization, and the fellowship is strong and in the neighborhood. Three things that had been lacking in the other Episcopal options.... [Read More]
It was a beautiful day in Japan. The remnants of a typhoon had cleared out the day before, leaving a fresh clear air to roast dry in the blazing sun. Yet the temperature was not so bad, as the typhoon had departed to the northeast, leaving in its wake a gout of cool air from the north, a result of the storm’s counterclockwise circulation.... [Read More]
Occasionally Ratburger.org gets new members that are confused and dazed by things. Some are angry also. They come here to vent and publish things that would be censored other places. I know some consider these posts are not the best but they are in keeping with being open and freedom of thought.