To The Stars

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
TO THE STARS is the first book in a trilogy concerning an intrepid group of space explorers in 2107. Harry Irons dreams of escaping an over-crowded Earth by working for one of the giant corporations. He gets his wish and soon enough finds himself struggling to survive on an alien world.
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About Thomas Stone

Indie Author Thomas C. Stone developed a fascination for science fiction early in life, reading most of the modern-day masters by fourteen years of age. As a student, Stone studied writing, classical literature, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science, obtaining degrees in linguistics, literature, education, and computer science. To support his writing, Stone has worked as a school teacher, technical writer, systems analyst, martial arts instructor, and various other odd jobs. Today, Stone writes both mainstream fiction and science fiction. Additionally, Stone has completed twenty novels and, by his own admission, is more interested in the depiction of characters under stressful and extraordinary settings. Stone’s take on the world can be observed at his personal website and blog, http://www.thomascstone.com.

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Lee Willard reviewed on April 4, 2021

A well written and entertaining but fairly cliched space opera. Not very scientific but realistic in most other ways with good characters, good action and emotional realism. The premise that humans in the 2060's find a naturally occurring wormhole and use it to explore and colonize many planets is a bit of a stretch. No theory I know of allows for naturally occurring wormholes that are just lying around ready for use, and the notion that there will be humans from this civilization out there to use them seems ludicrous at this time. There are a few other 'I don't think so's in it like an M class star going nova a few light years away exterminating all life on a planet, it would take a supernova to do that and the universe is not old enough for red dwarfs to leave the main sequence.

The plot is an interstellar expedition, a captain with secret motives and a greedy corporation that sent them. There's a beautiful rich girl on the crew who for some unstated reason falls for the main character. There's two races of aliens, one humanoid and primitive, one slightly less humanoid but very advanced and instinctively hostile. There's a planet they find was terraformed with life that could have only originated on Earth a few million years ago. At least they know that, they don't just accept nearly Earth normal life as parallel evolution. The plot does come to a conclusion in this volume, but leads to a continuing saga that is not free and is not complete as of now. The second book is the only one out so far.

There is a normal, as in what you would find in real life, amount of sex in the story, but nothing explicit. There is some gruesome violence but not an excessive amount and the story is about more than body count even though only half the crew makes it back alive. The proofreading and grammar is not perfect but not an issue.
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Richard Lung reviewed on July 20, 2017
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To The Stars
the Harry Irons trilogy
part 1 by
Thomas C Stone

The nice simple title, To The Stars, is a return to bread-and-butter line SF. What Brian Aldiss, in Billion Year Spree, ironically dubbed "the stars my detestation", has given way to post-modernism.
This story does not suffer fools gladly. Sooner or later, characters are dispatched by their own flaws, more than by hostile aliens. As to those, the author eventually subsides into a Heinlein-like complacency about indomitable humanity, that introduces Time Enough For Love.

In one of his SF novels, CS Lewis does an amusing skit on human imperialist ambitions in outer space, (before they could even escape Earths gravity well) by having an interpreter give a satirical translation of such hubris.
Such space operas have not really escaped the cultural gravity well of planet Earth. At any rate, Robert Heinlein was a great story-teller. And Thomas Stone knows how to keep the reader on the tight-rope walk of his adventure story.
It is perhaps not giving too much away to say that the primitives are more sympathetic than the technological aliens. The author has us recognise that advanced intelligence may not bring benevolence. (The movie, Mars Attacks was perhaps the ultimate farce on that scenario.)
This pessimism is off-set by the always appealing possibility of futuristic artefacts falling into our laps. This, we primitives on space-ship Earth can vicariously imagine future generations "picking-up".
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Hannes Birnbacher reviewed on June 2, 2016
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Some horror story deployed into space. Could barely will me to read it to the end. Two stars for "worth reading".

Remark: In my system, five stars is reserved for the most important SF of world literature, e.g. "1984" from George Orwell, and four stars for those I consider all-time best, for example Michael Crichton or some novels from Larry Niven.
This leaves three stars for most of really good Indie SF, but as everybody else at Smashworts does rate a SF novel at five stars if he liked it, I was detoriating the average rating of Smashwords authors I like best! So I decided to change my previous reviews, one by one, and repost them without the smashwords rating. Watch out for my rating in the review text instead!
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Erik Zidowecki reviewed on May 28, 2014

Excellent book! The action is non-stop from the start, and the plot takes several turns, which keeps the reader engaged. It also has the right balance of interesting dialogue and action that would make it great for a movie. You should definitely read it!
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99jacqui reviewed on Sep. 10, 2011

Good story. Well written. Have purchased the other 2 books in the trilogy.
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Mike Martin reviewed on July 5, 2011

Very well written. I enjoyed it so much that I purchased the other two.
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