J. Craig Wheeler is the Samuel T. and Fern Yanagisawa Regents Professor of Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas and recipient of a Regents Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System. His research interests are supernovae, black holes, gamma-ray bursts and astrobiology. He has published about 300 papers in refereed journals, numerous conference proceedings, and edited five books. He served on the Space Studies Board of the National Research Council from 2002–2006 and was co-Chair of the NRC Committee on the Origin and Evolution of Life from 2002–2005. He served a two-year term as President of the American Astronomical Society from 2006 to 2008.
on April 12, 2014 :
Without question one of the finest science fiction thrillers ever written. The level of suspense that the author generates builds to an incredible climax as the investigation team finally realize the cause of several tragic world events and then work feverishly to find a solution that will save the planet.
My only complaint was that the highly talented and indeed distinguished author of this incredible piece of work ended it with a cliffhanger, a cliffhanger that I have thought about and brooded over these last 20 years. But now there is finally an answer to those long standing questions, because J Craig Wheeler has penned a sequel - Krone Ascending, and I literally cannot wait to read it.
This work of near scientific perfection will go undiscovered by millions of dedicated science fiction fans who will never experience it's delights, and that is a tragedy.
Buy it and read it - it will be the best decision you make this year.
(review of free book)
on March 24, 2014 :
Gave up before finishing, so not rating this work.
From the blurb, The Krone Experiment sounded great. I noticed it has a sequel that's a little expensive, but I love getting into a good book or even a series if it's plausible fiction and well written so that didn't stop me from giving this a try.
Unfortunately, it didn't grab me. E-reader says I got 10% in and this is a long book, so I think I've given it the good ole college try. It wasn't making sense to me until I realized it had been published in 1986. I was trying to figure out what was going on in the context of a contemporary work until mention of the Soviets clued me in. It has a great opening. Full of suspense and atmosphere then it slows down too much for my taste.
The author bio wowed me, big-time. The story idea is great. Personally, I think The Krone Experiment could sizzle if it shed some weight, got some updating and spent some time with a good and ruthless editor.
(review of free book)