|Plot Summary of Tom Paine Maru|
YD-038 (yes, that's his name and serial number: he pronounces it Whitey O'Thraight)finds himself the sole noncom on an interstellar expedition launched by his rigidly millitaristic society. Poor planning leads to millitary disaster and marooning on a barbaric human colony planet, which only Whitey and his superior, Lieutenant Enson Sermander, survive. A cryptic group of strangers rescues them from prison. After rescue, Whitey finds that he must unlearn all his values to survive aboard the anarcho-capitalist expeditionary ship Tom Paine Maru as he juggles conflicting loyalties, his own social clumsiness, Sermander's dominance games, a most unlikely romance, and an expedition to save an alien planet from nuclear destruction.
This synopsis report prepared by Brian R. Hughes
|Chapter Analysis of Tom Paine Maru|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 30%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- very upbeat
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- alternate history
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- infantry soldier
- really, really giant spaceship/station
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a futuristic society
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
- inhabited by friendly aliens
- primitive aliens
- very controlled society
Planet outside solar system?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- descript of kissing
- descript of touching personal anatomy
- weird alien sex
- actual description of sex
- description of breasts
- descript. of private male anat.
- descript. of non-breast female anat.
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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