Book Reviews of Cosmonaut Keep (Engines of Light, Bk 1)

Cosmonaut Keep (Engines of Light, Bk 1)
Cosmonaut Keep - Engines of Light, Bk 1
Author: Ken MacLeod
ISBN-13: 9780765340733
ISBN-10: 0765340739
Publication Date: 1/7/2002
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Good book, looking forward to the next in the series, Dark Light.
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My first book by this author. It's first in the "Engines of Light saga," but, I was pleased to discover, works perfectly well as a stand-alone novel... at the end, of course, there is room to wonder "what happens next" but the characters, and their relationships, all come to a nice stopping-point. Still, since I just noticed that Zylyn had the next book in the series, I just requested it...

"Cosmonaut Keep" is really 2 novels in one. There are two completely separate plotlines, and the connection between them is not made explicitly clear until chapter 18 (of 21).
In the first one, we meet Gregor and Elizabeth, two young marine biologists living on the planet of Mingulay. Here, humanity co-exists peacefully with the alien saurs (and several other spacegoing races.) Visited by spacegoing traders, the colony does not feel totally cut off... but Gregor's family is involved in a generations-long Great Work - the goal of rediscovering the secrets of interstellar navigation on their own, so that humanity will not have to depend on others for space travel. Drama erupts when Gregor develops a passionate infatuation with the beautiful daughter of a space trader, unaware that his parter Elizabeth has far more than mere friendly feelings for him...

The second plot is far closer to our own time - in a near-future, Russian-dominated EU, computer programmer/hacker Matt is given a disk of information by his dissident girlfriend, Jadey, right before she gets arrested. Matt flees to the still-capitalist U.S. The disk seems to contain specs for building a flying saucer. Right after he discovers this, the government announces that it has made first contact with intelligent aliens. Soon, Matt finds himself at the center of subversive political and scientific plots, and in an affair with the rah-rah-America test-pilot Camila...

The first plotline reminded me a lot of Anne McCaffrey - the second, more of Bruce Sterling. However, both were enjoyable, with a good mix of ideas and old-fashioned soap-opera.
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wild, imaginative stuff from one of the new generation of science fiction masters.
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Good sci-fi
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Story was good, but predictable.