STARSHIP MINE A Book Review (Cawdron)

This book review is about Starship Mine (First Contact), an indie sci-fi story by Peter Cawdron.

The preview text for Starship Mine says,

James Patterson is a gay accountant living in Keyes, Oklahoma-deep in the Bible Belt-the religious heartland of America. He's also the first person to make contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence seeking to understand our world, and that makes him the most important person on the planet.

Once again Peter Cawdron entertains with his wonderfully pragmatic spin on alien/human contact. He portrays the variety of human reactions in such a way that feels right. Plus, it's always a bonus that when he throws out facts or references in his fictional pieces of work, you can KNOW that the science is accurate! That's one of the things I love about his work.

This tale of first contact feels refreshing and frustrating all at once. Refreshing in his rarely used approach of first contact, done well. And frustrating because we've been trained to expect so many tropes when it comes to first contact sci fi stories, and not getting them!

As the story starts, it's a first-person write, experiencing the story through our primary characters' eyes. we're transported into the lives of our primary characters as the experience of a mass hallucination or shared-dream, shared by millions around the world grabs the imaginations of his story's inhabitants, and the reader themselves.

He explores the variety of differences between all our characters, giving us a rich world of diversity and eye-opening perspectives from all involved.

In this first contact story, it goes so right and wrong all at once that it frustrates the crap out of you.

One thing I took note of was how Cawdron developed the world around his primary subject/event, and how he wound down the momentum of events afterward. If you recall, the latest Godzilla movie was around 2 hours long, but so character and event driven that Godzilla only had less than 20 minutes of screen time. Hence, Starship Mine is also a truly character-driven experience, as we watch our primary character make one of the hardest and easiest decisions he's ever had or will make in his life. I'm not sure what decision I'd make.

The story will make you think and wonder.

What I do want... is more about all or some of the other primary characters in a sequel, the events and characters were that intriguing.

The indie story only has 67 votes on Amazon, but it has a 4.5 out of 5 stars so far.

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