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Humanity has spread over several star systems, but the technology used to bridge the void conceals a mystery yet to be solved. Welcome aboard the SANSSOUCI – where a traumatized heiress seeks to uncover her identity, a space-born Viking charts the course through the deep, and an inexperienced pilot struggles to safely travel the darkest depths of the human psyche. More

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About Ralph Ewig

Born and raised in West Germany, Ralph Ewig immigrated to the US in 1992 at the age of twenty. He has lived in Seattle, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and holds three degrees in the area of Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington. Throughout his engineering career, he has worked with many government and commercial space organizations, progressing from individual contributor, to small business owner and executive management. To date, his contributions include roles as a Mission Operations Engineer at SpaceX for the first flights of the Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station, and Vice President at Aerojet Rocketdyne. As an avid space advocate and science fiction author, he maintains a regular online presence focused on space and adjacent technologies, and has published both a novel and a series of short stories electronically and in print.


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Review by: Aaron Witmon on July 14, 2011 :
Great entertainment! Read it!

Pros: - Nice cover design - simple but mysterious
- Good characters build up
- Creative story
- Imaginative
- A science book written by a scientist

Cons: - A little slow on story build up but worth the time.
- A few editor bumps from here and there but not
enough to distract me from the story.
- Didn't mention it was the 1st book of a series but
now that I know, I am really looking forward to the
second book and see where the SANSSOUCI (the main
ship in the story)would take me.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Avis Stoneman on July 14, 2011 :
Hard to put down!

The Author's description of the characters gave me a great feel of connection to them. It made me care for what would happen to them, just as with others of my favorite characters like "Stepping Razor" in William Gibson's Neuromancer or Hiro in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash.

The Author uses some real-world science pieces to allows for the possibility of "jump space" (or jSpace) as a kind of "hyperspace with a twist" that opens an astonishing spread of possibilities which he uses to great effect. The Novel's cultural backdrop with a central power called "The Circle" is very much a realistic prediction of how our society today could evolve in the future. He clearly draws on the events occurring during the emergence of the internet and modern information technology which took place when the Author started developing this novel.

The descriptions and background details of the characters are rich, but built up slow enough to not overwhelm the reader with too much information and slowing down the story. By using this technique, the Author allowed me to grasp the basic character or location, then adding to it increments building the whole person or place into a complete picture. Once the story had build up its momentum and I'd begun to really care about the characters, it was very hard to put it down!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

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