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 report prepared by Harriet Klausner