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Delta-V There s gold in them thar asteroids In the near future commercial space exploration is growing, but not fast enough to suit billionaire Nathan Joyce who believes that humanity s only chance of long term survival is to immediately start mining asteroids This will not only provide critical resources and advance the technologies to let people start living in space, but it also could create an entirely new and sustainable economy Joyce is recruiting an multinational group of risk takers like cave There s gold in them thar asteroids In the near future commercial space exploration is growing, but not fast enough to suit billionaire Nathan Joyce who believes that humanity s only chance of long term survival is to immediately start mining asteroids This will not only provide critical resources and advance the technologies to let people start living in space, but it also could create an entirely new and sustainable economy Joyce is recruiting an multinational group of risk takers like cave diver James Tighe who have the skills necessary to be the first asteroid miners The mission will be unprecedented and dangerous, but not all the threats come from being in space.I love Daniel Suarez s books because he s great at looking at where we re at both technologically and as a society and then coming up with very plausible stories about what comes next Here, he s selling the idea that humanity s future hinges not on colonizing the moon or Mars, but instead on coming up with ways of living in space using the resources we could get from the hunks of rock floating around out there He s very persuasive on this point, and his conclusions make a lot of sense I kept finding myself thinking that this could be the prequel to The Expanse series which finds humanity spread out through the solar system It helps that this isn t a tale filled with wide eyed optimism, and there s a lot of cynical pragmatism in how the plot unfolds Suarez creates a world in which it s greed as much as anything that would make this happen, and that getting this going would take the resources of the mega rich That certainly fits the direction we seem to be heading with guys like Elon Musk and Richard Branson putting big money into space But when you get people driven by profit margins and massive egos involved you can t really trust them to do the right thing for the greater good or even their own employees either Throw in a bunch of murky laws related to this and competing national interests, and it s probably inevitable that mining asteroids will be just as cutthroat and messy as business on Earth.If you re into space stuff, especially near future hard sci fi, then there s a lot to like here Suarez is better at coming up with cool ideas and tech then he is writing about people, but he does an adequate job of creating a cast of characters and putting them in interesting and sometimes hazardous situations While a lot is wrapped up here the book also ends on what seems to be a pure sequel set up so I don t think we got the whole story, but I ll be happy to check out the next one, too 3.5 stars Exceptional If Robert A Heinlein and Poul Anderson were alive today, this would be the kind of fiction they would produce optimistic, resourceful, daring and fun as hell Poul Anderson published Industrial Revolution in 1963 about asteroid mining and modern writer Daniel Suarez takes this old idea and tells a similar story for the modern age Eschewing government control, Suarez has as his mining leaders billionaire investors and multi national corporations, playing fast and loose with interna Exceptional If Robert A Heinlein and Poul Anderson were alive today, this would be the kind of fiction they would produce optimistic, resourceful, daring and fun as hell Poul Anderson published Industrial Revolution in 1963 about asteroid mining and modern writer Daniel Suarez takes this old idea and tells a similar story for the modern age Eschewing government control, Suarez has as his mining leaders billionaire investors and multi national corporations, playing fast and loose with international law to get things done.To man the expedition, eccentric and dynamic tycoon Nathan Joyce finds a crew of adventurers cave divers, mountain climbers, former astronauts and engineers to realize his dream of a fortune seeking way to supply up and coming space exploration and colonization Joyce begs, borrows and steals amongst the global financial elite to bankroll his plans and gets his Swiss attorney to help keep bureaucrats at bay Suarez sets up a narrative split between Joyce s not always ethical machinations on Earth and the crew of his expedition millions of miles away, mining a fortune in water and other natural resources.This gripping, fast paced story had the feel of a modern day gold mining prospector tale or a years long voyage around the world in the 1600s One theme Suarez explores is the concept of the adventurer gene, that produces people who may not be the best for family or stability, but who are necessary for exploration and pushing boundaries.If Suarez writes a sequel, I ll be standing in line to buy 5 Far Stars for the Konstantin I should have been sleeping when I read this book but it was so good I had to stay up until the very end I love reading anything about space, whether it s hard science or science fiction, a fun space opera or a serious article, it doesn t matter as long as it takes me to that otherworldly place in the sky that most of us can only dream about visiting And this book did just that From the beginning of the crew s training, through the laughter and tears, and ever 5 Far Stars for the Konstantin I should have been sleeping when I read this book but it was so good I had to stay up until the very end I love reading anything about space, whether it s hard science or science fiction, a fun space opera or a serious article, it doesn t matter as long as it takes me to that otherworldly place in the sky that most of us can only dream about visiting And this book did just that From the beginning of the crew s training, through the laughter and tears, and every new first on their four year journey, all the way to that final edge of your seat, re entry, I felt like I was right there with them the entire time I worked as a NASA contractor for quite a few years and live just a few minutes from Marshall Space Flight Center so my passion for space exploration and all things space related runs quite deep so I love when authors take the time to write about space Books like these not only allow me to live vicariously through the characters butimportantly, they get kids as well as adults, excited and interested in space science and exploration and the endless possibilities that our future holds.So if you enjoy reading about space flight, space mining, astronaut training, cislunar orbit and or deep space, give this book a try Yes, other authors have written about space flight but each story is unique, including this one, especially this one And if you like space flight stories like I do, you can read about, as many space missions that you can get your hands on Lastly, I noticed that there were several threads left open for potential follow up later which gives me great hope that this is the beginning of a series and not a standalone novel At least, I got a pretty clear impression that the author has further plans for his characters, now whether the publishers are on board, I m not sure I really hope they are though because I m as down for a cislunar and deep space rendezvous, as much as Tighe and Chindarkar are I received this ARC from Penguin Random House First to Reads, in exchange for an honest review Thank you In 2032, various billionaires are competing with each other to monetize space exploration One of the billionaires, Nathan Joyce, has started an asteroid mining company and wants to find a crew for the first manned expedition A collection of 440 candidates is assembled They have varying skills, but they are linked by their daredevil natures Their number is to be winnowed down to 8 after rigorous training exercises and psychological evaluation Those selected will go on a 4 year mission to min In 2032, various billionaires are competing with each other to monetize space exploration One of the billionaires, Nathan Joyce, has started an asteroid mining company and wants to find a crew for the first manned expedition A collection of 440 candidates is assembled They have varying skills, but they are linked by their daredevil natures Their number is to be winnowed down to 8 after rigorous training exercises and psychological evaluation Those selected will go on a 4 year mission to mine an asteroid Joyce shares the daredevil qualities of his candidates and, assisted by Lukas Rochat, a young lawyer specializing in space law, he bulldozes over all laws and restrictions that might slow down his project This book had an interesting premise and parts of it were very exciting I especially liked the bootcamp like training Once on the asteroid, there was a fair amount of technobabble that I generally ignored, but I was fascinated by the concept of using the resources of the asteroid to create not only everything needed to sustain the lives of the crew but also to create the materials needed for the mining venture itself Most of the focus of the book was on the crew, which was a good thing, because the parts that focused on Joyce were very sketchy It felt like parts were left out Joyce and or Rochat would appear sporadically, but their story line always felt like it needed further explanation There was also a chapter involving some of Joyce s creditors Their motives and actions made no sense and they were like cartoon characters However, the crew was likable, the science was intriguing and the book was entertaining There is room at the end for a sequel and I would read it I received a free copy of this book from the publisher When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce s private island, he thinks it must be a mistake But Tighe s unique skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce s high risk venture to mine a near earth asteroid with the goal of kick starting an entire off world economy The potential rewards and personal risks are staggering, but the competition is fierce and the stakes couldn t be higher Isolated and pushed beyond their breaking points, Tighe and his fellow twenty first century adventurers ex soldiers, former astronauts, BASE jumpers, and mountain climbers must rely on each other to survive not only the dangers of a multi year expedition but the harsh realities of business in space They re determined to transform humanity from an Earth bound species to a space faring one or die trying It felt very tired and the plot overdone Characters were also very predictable and two dimensional. Suarez has done his homework for this near future asteroid mining SF thriller The book is set in the early 2030s, which seems very soon for some of the technology it extrapolates It gets melodramatic at times, and the characterizations can be perfunctory But it s a good tale well told, with some nice twists, and boy, do those pages turn Strong 4 stars Recommended, especially for hard SF fans. Boring The plot is tired and the characters aren t great I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn t. In the distant future mankind has conquered the stars, well at least low Earth orbit anyway but ambition, greed, and an overwhelming desire to be the first has led to a space ages arms race inhabit Mars, build bases on the Moon, mine asteroids in deep space, commercialize low Earth orbitit s all for the taking and for one young entrepreneur, secrecy, scandal and a series of covert space ops, places him, and mankind on the brink of greatness Delta V is a space nerds wet dream a pure shot In the distant future mankind has conquered the stars, well at least low Earth orbit anyway but ambition, greed, and an overwhelming desire to be the first has led to a space ages arms race inhabit Mars, build bases on the Moon, mine asteroids in deep space, commercialize low Earth orbitit s all for the taking and for one young entrepreneur, secrecy, scandal and a series of covert space ops, places him, and mankind on the brink of greatness Delta V is a space nerds wet dream a pure shot of science fiction adrenaline direct to the vein Author Daniel Suarez is known for his high octane tech fi thrills but this one is something special Delta V puts the reader firmly in outer space right alongside the characters in a claustrophobic and isolated place setting which reads real thanks to some tech jargon and clever concepts right out of the space travel playbook There s a cinematic feel to the story which bodes well for future stories set in this universe as well making for some great, tension filled moments which I don t detail to avoid spoiling Everything about Delta V feels big, as does the lasting impression I give this a solid 5 out of 5 stars A must read Like everything Suarez has written it is hard to put down This is his best book since Daemon Anyone interested in commercial space, asteroid mining, or just a great sci fi story should read it.


About the Author: Daniel Suarez

DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom , Kill Decision, and Influx A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed mission critical software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries With a lifelong interest in both IT systems and creative writing, his high tech and Sci Fi thrillers focus on technology driven change Suarez is a past speaker at TED Global, MIT Media Lab, NASA Ames, the Long Now Foundation, and the headquarters of Google, Microsoft, andamong many others Self taught in software development, he is a graduate from University of Delaware with a BA in English Literature An avid PC and console gamer, his own world building skills were bolstered through years as a pen paper role playing game moderator He lives in Los Angeles, California.


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