Monday, 14 June 2010

Conquest Over Time by Michael Shaara

Official Blurb

Pat Travis, a spacer renowned for his luck, is suddenly quite out of it. His job is to beat his competitors to sign newly-Contacted human races to commercial contracts...

But what can he do when he finds he's on a planet that consults astrology for literally every major decision - and he has arrived on one of the worst-aspected days in history?

My Review

Here's a short novel in the classic sci fi tradition. Set in a future where new "human" races are discovered almost daily as the terran empire spreads, where everyone speaks english and most worlds are even earth like in their development.

It's not serious sci fi, as you may have gathered, but a light hearted short story that uses sci fi as an excuse to explore the plot.

The characters are charming and the problems presented to the protagonists are far from lethal and dramatic, but yet the story still caught my attention and I was intrigued to see where it would lead.

The whole things runs for about an hour and a half, so if your looking for some "pop-corn" in sci fi form this is the story for you, and when its read by the excellent Mark F. Smith how can you go wrong?

Reading 3/3
Production 2/3
Story 2/3

Total Score 7/9

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Listen to the first chapter