The Shiva Encounter

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The dwarf planet, Shiva, could impact the Earth in the year 2079. Settling Mars is now a reality. Settlement ships from Earth are now launched almost faster than the Arcadia Settlement infrastructure can assimilate them. Survival is a constant struggle. Just as art, architecture, and interplanetary economy are blossoming on Mars, the Shiva threat now encompasses the red planet. More
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About Doug Cook

Doug Cook is retired from a thirty-four year career as a petroleum geophysicist. He is now dedicated to writing, astronomy, and climate change awareness. Doug participated in ten years of deep-water submersible studies on chemosynthetic communities of life in the Gulf of Mexico . These extremophile organisms relate to Doug’s passion for astrogeology and exobiology. He is a member American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Chair AAPG Astrogeology Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Vice President Colorado Springs Astronomical Society, member of the Planetary Society, National Space Society, Explore Mars, and Adjunct Astronomy Professor PPCC. He has two daughters and lives in Colorado with his wife Elizabeth.

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About the Series: The Second World
The Second World is a hard sci-fi book series that describes in technological detail how humans will explore and colonize worlds beyond Earth. The Aquila Mission, set in 2023, sends a crew to explore asteroid Bennu and comet 125P to prove that we’re ready to take the next step to have human boots on Mars. Shiva, a dwarf planet, has been knocked out of the Kuiper Belt and is headed toward the inner solar system. It has a one-in-fifty chance to collide with Earth in 2079. Humanity cannot afford to gamble with extinction. Arcadia Mars develops the SpaceX Starship (Colossus) to bring the first colonists to Mars as humanity’s second world in 2035. In The Shiva Encounter, we advance to 2044. The Vishnu ship, hope for human, survival will impact Shiva soon with a 10 gigaton nuclear device. The outcome could deliver salvation or turn the remains of Shiva into a graver threat. Colony ships from Earth are now launched almost faster than the Martian infrastructure can assimilate them. Survival is a constant struggle. In 2054, The Colossus Expansion develops the Colossus into a huge interplanetary ship taking us to Callisto and Titan and beyond. The stars are in our sights.

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ApolloMoon reviewed on March 9, 2020

I have been looking forward to the third book. I enjoyed the vignette bound by an overarching narrative "Shiva is coming." It’s an enjoyable vehicle for presenting both well established and near-future technologies and scientific knowledge that may not be widely known. The telepathy angle for Sofi and Alex and their kids is interesting. Is it a consequence of Coby, [Ellie], Vik, and [Abby] having come in contact with 125P, a Watchers outpost? Is their bloodline destined for great things?

Alex's realist attitude towards The Watchers casual playing god stuck with me: "These are beings so far beyond our technology that being angered by them is futile. This is now our fate. Evolution has always been harsh"

The message of the Second World Book Series so far has emphasized the interdependence and shared purpose -- if not destiny -- of humanity which necessitates cooperation and collaboration; everyone must strive for their maximum potential and make their contribution.

The cliffhanger ending has me speculating that a fourth book may be in the works!
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