At a time when some publishers seem to think that SciFi does not sell books, this one will probably prove them wrong.
Many of these books only reflect the worst of us; blind anger, fear, suspicion and ultimately violence. But Passengers to Sentience is an intelligent read, and a different take on what can happen when mankind comes in contact with a newly discovered species.
I also like that Peter Salisbury weaves into the story some very nice technological advances. I work in a tech support department at a software company, and would definately like to have some of the tools written into the plot. God, please grant me one thing... the fingertip mouse.
I give this work five stars out of five for originality, and for fulfilling my dream of space colonization...at least in a literary way.
I Just finished reading Peter Salisbury's "Passengers to Zeta Nine" which reminded me of when I was a kid and the excitement of discovering science fiction through Arthur C Clarke's "Against the fall of Night," which was written in the late 1940's about a young Alvin of Loronei, who lived in the city of Diaspar a billion years into Earth's future, and how he discovers other civilizations.
This book created the same excitement for me. The minutiae of colonizing a carbon-life-form supporting planet made me wish I was there with them, discovering the old settlements of a mysteriously missing indigenous population, easily defeating a government agency threatening takeover through intelligence, cooperation and reason, and the cloning/birth of the initial human population for population support, testing, and preparation.
After reading "Passengers to Sentience" and this book, I realize the broader scope of the theme. The first book laid the ground work to the technology and it's range of possibilities, how mankind can colonize the far reaches of the stars living longer, healthier, fulfilled lives with cloning, stem cell implantation, personality downloads, and eventually discovering other intelligent lifeforms.
The second book deals with an actual team of intelligent skilled colonists, two of which help expand the possibilities of space exploration, and initializes Zeno-archeology.
I was struck by how the initial team of colonists worked well together, diffusing personality differences and disparate skills with communication, cooperation and teamwork. Don't we wish all life worked that way? People who could rise above the situation to reason the best way to do things for the greater good.
The only disappointment was when it ended, and now I have to wait for another.