The story behind The Dig is probably as interesting as the book itself. Originally conceived as a plot for Amazing Stories, it transitioned to a movie script after it was deemed too expensive for television (and Spielberg feeling it would be too adult for the show). After languishing around Hollywood for a bit, it was decided to turn The Dig into an adventure game, with tie-in media. Falling back to probably the best person to adapt it, Alan Dean Foster, The Dig tells a story of a team of astronauts sent to destroy an asteroid on a collision course with Earth (LONG before Armageddon and Deep Impact, folks!). However, upon arriving on the asteroid, the 'nauts discover something strange, and are transported to a dead alien world, light-years away. With no help, these explorers must solve the mystery of this dead world, and find a way home.
Foster does a great job in what wasn't much more than a fluff piece for him, managing to make it fun and interesting the entire trip. Recommended for fans of Foster, decent sci-fi (you'll finish this in a day or two), or any fan of 80's-90's scifi movies. 3 1/2 stars - perfectly serviceable scifi.
I thought this was a great read. loved it. almost want to keep it!
a mile-wide asteroid will hit earth unless it can be nudged out of the way. Part of the team starts investigating the asteroid's surface and are transported (it's not really an asteroid) to the planet Cocytus. There they must learn by themselves what happened to the population and how to get home again.
A pretty good read. Not as detailed or expansive as I would have liked, especially regarding the inhabitants of the planet where the story takes place. So much is inferred but not gone into with any depth. Another 100 pages filling in all parts of the story and leading on after the ending would have made for a more satisfying book.
When I saw the movie Armageddon in 1998 I thought, "hey this is like "The Dig"" Still an entertaining read. I never played the game it was based on but, there was a good soundtrack for it.
This book is the novelization of the PC game of the same name. Both share the same basic story but the novel goes into more detail and is much more robust. It is a wonderful read and a great adventure because it will keep you hooked.
Ok read. Interesting story. Good character development. Kind of fantastic with it's premise of being transported to another planet, but what the heck, it's a good story.
This book is like the SF I used to read in the '50's and '60's only somewhat updated.
In an effort to save the earth from a killer asteroid, three shuttle crew members become trapped in the asteroid/starship and transported to a strange planet.
Predictably, they endure danger and adventure until they save the advanced race on the planet who have undone their existence through technology.
Happy ending all around when the astronauts save the day.
If you are an old-time SF fan, this book is for you!