orbit novel 3

Orbit Novel: The First Novel about Space [Part 3]

Pros

The author used a unique blend of human drama and voyeurism to tell the private story of the life of a man that believes he is going to die, and that no one he writes about will be alive when his story is found. So, with that perspective, the world knows his last words are the honest thoughts and feelings of a man that knows the day he will die, and also believes that no one will read his writings for 50 to 60 years. What an excellent premise and one that keeps the reader in the same frame of mind as the people of Earth in the novel.

The novel uses several references to fairly current events to establish the scientific basis for commercial tourism on a spaceflight. The entire episode, from Kip’s personal marriage drama to his impending doom, is more than believable. The object of good Science Fiction is to suspend belief that something cannot be possible and allow the reader or viewer to actually accept that the events or devices used in the piece are ‘real’. The author has done this quite well.

Following on the last point, Kip Dawson, the main character in this novel, has an engineering background, and the repairs he is to make to the spaceship should be within the abilities of a person with that kind of training. Piloting the craft, again, should be within his abilities because there are step-by-step instructions on cards that he can follow should the need arise.

Cons

It is odd in today’s world of technology and the ability to spell-check whatever is written, that there can still be so many errors in published works. “This novel, unfortunately, is no exception. Within the first twenty pages, there were no less than three typos that didn’t even form words and should have been caught before going to print” said by Edusson writing service. (There are others after that, but I’m making a point.) Those misgiving words caused me to stop and evaluate the words instead of focusing on the storyline.

After one of Kip’s revelations, specifically about the location of the drug company’s dour doings, a bumbling executive tries to recover the evidence and an officer is dispatched after a neighbor calls in a tip. Well, the officer shined his light through the windows, sees nothing, closes the investigation, and then leaves, as a federal agent arrives on the scene, shines her light, and sees the intruder. Mysteriously the officer is still there and comes out of nowhere, nearly spoiling the ability to catch the prowler. The entire episode where the officer was involved didn’t fit together as we were told the officer had decided there was no merit and left. Yet, a few minutes later he’s still there. It made no sense in the continuity of that situation.