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Dawn Of The Interstellar Age
When crews on the first two interstellar missions confront the same confounding mystery, their dispute over what it means will threaten the future of humanity.
Thirty years after the last war, in a world of plentiful energy, Lunar and Mars bases, and a global federation of nations, an international crew of exceptional men and women sets out on humanity's first interstellar mission. Their goal: to explore the closest potentially habitable planet in the Alpha Centauri star system.
The stakes become elevated by the unexplained presence of another ship from the solar system, a ship with weapons. When the two crews interpret the perplexing find on the surface quite differently, it brings them into a conflict that threatens to lead to a nuclear showdown.
They may be over 4 light years from Earth, but the implications could not hit closer to home. And they are too far away for two-way communication.
More than just another space saga, this wild, hard sci-fi ensemble drama (with a touch of romance) digs deep into human nature and the animal instinct that keeps us from elevating our existence. The only question left: is humanity doomed to repeat its mistakes, or are we ready to take the next crucial step?
The Intrepid is rich in accurate scientific detail. One example: Relativity and high-speed travel can significantly affect the timelines of travelers compared to those they left behind on Earth. Sure, go to Proxima Centauri for a few months… but you'll miss the next decade of your children’s lives on Earth. A couple more trips and they'll be older than you.
Other examples include:
the way it might look when traveling at relativistic speeds towards some stars but away from others,
why Han Solo probably didn't do the 'Kessel Run' in 12 parsecs (see Glossary),
an interesting resolution to the Fermi Paradox relating to the lack of extra-terrestrial radio signals,
debating the Big Bang and the expansion of the universe,
what really happens when a human is exposed to space,
NOT just Sci-fi. This is S.T.E.M.-fi!
It includes concepts from subjects like physics, engineering, biology, chemistry, math, environmental science, geology, astronomy, cosmology, psychology, history, and more...
Fun, yet educational, for both sci-fi fan and student.
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