|Plot Summary of Star Dragon|
Tor, Oct 2003, 24.95, 352 pp.
The crew of the Karamojo has been selected to make the perilous journey to the binary star system Cygni approximately 250 light years away. Their mission is to capture and return with a star dragon, a strange unusual essence that is allegedly some form of stellar plasma held together by magnetic fields.
No nonsense Captain Lena Fang heads the quest. She only lets her hair down when no one except the Hemingway artificial intelligence can see her. Even when she shares sex with a crew member she remains in charge. Exobiology expert Dr. Samuel Fisher uses his sexual encounters with Lena to improve his standing at the cost of morale. Meanwhile crazy Biosystems engineer Axelrod Henderson plans to discharge a virus that will impregnate every female on Earth with his offspring. With a crew in discord, they reach SS Cygni only to find the intelligent star dragons are capable, sly, and tricky.
Mike Brotherton provides readers with powerful alien-creatures tale that will hook readers of outer space encounters. The story line makes the Star Dragons seem real and somehow turns the subplot containing biomods that alter human bodies into bizarre life forms into what feels like yesterday's science. Though the Karamojo crew seems two dimensional, fans will value this trek to a truly realistic alien race.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Star Dragon|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena
Kind of alteration:
- Scientifically turned into another lifeform
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- fighter (air/space) pilot
- futuristic human freighter/transport
Takes place in spaceship?
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a fair amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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