Smashing new review for my second SF novel Passengers to Zeta Nine, by independent reviewer Anthony at his site SFbook.com. This is the first half:
Passengers to Zeta Nine is a science fiction novel by Peter Salisbury, set within the same universe as Passengers to Sentience.
Travelling for one hundred and twenty years, the minds of Raife and Nancy are electronically stored along with six hundred other couples aboard the ship Explorer, bound for the human habitable planet of Zeta Nine. They will be the very first humans to see this lush and welcoming planet which appears to have an absence of large predators, biohazards or civilisations. Everything looks perfect but is it too good to be true?
I must admit that I really enjoyed this novel, it's written in a very friendly and easy to follow script that relies on characterisation rather than back story or science fiction convention to move the plot along. The idea that we could travel to other planets by having ourselves stored electronically and then downloaded into a freshly vat grown clone body is a very intriguing way to get round the problem of the vast distances and times required for such a journey. For Raife and Nancy this trip took just a few minutes and were not aware of the 120 years the automated ship took to arrive at their new destination.
There has clearly been a great deal of thought over just how we could explore and eventually colonise a remote world, the science is very plausible and explained in a way that avoids descent into technobable and disruption to the plot. I love the idea of the robot spiders...
Read the rest at SFbook . com
And look out for the third novel in the Passengers series, coming later in 2011...