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  1. 5 out of 5

    Mal Warwick

    Four humans and a cleaning robot with a mind of its own are on their way in a stolen spaceship to a newly discovered planet beyond the orbit of Neptune. Amphitrite, the title of this book as well as the new planet’s name, is the entertaining story of why they’re on their way and what happens when they get there. This is hard science fiction from the fertile mind of astrophysicist Brandon Q. Morris. So, as unlikely as some of the events and circumstances might appear, there’s logic in them. And r Four humans and a cleaning robot with a mind of its own are on their way in a stolen spaceship to a newly discovered planet beyond the orbit of Neptune. Amphitrite, the title of this book as well as the new planet’s name, is the entertaining story of why they’re on their way and what happens when they get there. This is hard science fiction from the fertile mind of astrophysicist Brandon Q. Morris. So, as unlikely as some of the events and circumstances might appear, there’s logic in them. And reading this novel you might end up learning a few new things about the solar system. A murder, a hijacking, and a race for freedom It’s the year 2078. Juri is a miner, German despite his Russian name. He’s part of a small crew exploring the asteroid Hektor. His Bulgarian colleague, Grigori, is obnoxious but his exasperating behavior always seems to stop just this side of truly dangerous. However, when Grigori attempts to rape Denise, the small company’s pretty French chemist, Juri loses it. Carried away with rage, he chokes Grigori to death. Now Juri is certain their by-the-book boss, Chen, will ship him off to prison and possible execution in the Chinese penal system. To avoid that unpleasant fate, he knows he has to get off Hektor and disappear. Along with two of his colleagues, Denise and a Russian woman named Irina, Juri hijacks a visiting spaceship, the Ganymede Explorer. On board, they discover they’re not alone. The ship’s captain, an officer of Turkish origin in the European Space Agency named Meltem, has been sleeping in her cabin rather than in the cramped mining settlement. And a small cleaning robot named Oscar turns up, too. Oscar resembles a Roomba with a long extendable arm that ends in digits containing an array of tools. And Oscar can talk. Oh, and you can’t trust Oscar, either. It lies. A seven-month journey to a newly discovered planet Together, this motley crew heads off into space. They have no destination except a desire to go where no one will think to look for them. Then a brilliant hacker they contact helps them identify a previously undiscovered planet. She names it Amphitrite. And after an eventful seven-month journey to the farthest reaches of the solar system, they arrive at the new planet. At which point the dangers they encountered along the way fade into insignificance in the face of what the black planet has in store for them. A phantom planet far, far from the sun For many years astronomers have speculated that one or more planets lie far beyond the orbit of Neptune in the Kuiper Belt or the Oort Cloud. In Brandon Morris’ imagination, Amphitrite—named for Poseidon’s (Neptune’s) wife—is one such planet. Observers have failed to discover it because of its low albedo (reflectivity). It appears to be uniformly black. And it’s unusual in at least one other major way as well. The eight known planets in the solar system revolve around the sun in orbits like Earth’s through what is known as the plane of the ecliptic. Amphitrite doesn’t. Instead, the orbit of this newly discovered planet runs at a steep angle to the plane and at distances from the outermost planets at least 250 times as great from the sun. But Amphitrite—and Brandon Morris—are full of surprises, as the crew of the Ganymede Explorer discover in this novel. About the author Brandon Q. Morris is a physicist and space specialist. I count twenty-three novels on his website, all of them hard science fiction that displays his command of the science involved. In his blog, Morris explores some of the same questions that appear in his fiction. But expect to encounter material that’s a little more technical than the novels.

  2. 5 out of 5

    reherrma

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Amphitrite ist der Auftakt einer neuen Trilogie des umtriebigen Autors, in dem es um den hypothetischen 9. Planeten des Sonnensystems geht. Angesiedelt ist diese Trilogie auch wieder in Brandon Q. Morris Future History, die mit den Eismond-Romanen gestartet ist. In einer chinesischen Bergbau-Station im Asteroidengürtel dockt ein Forschungsschiff der ESA an, um ihre Treibstoff-Tanks auf ihrem Weg zum Jupitermond Ganymed aufzufüllen. An Bord der Station ereignet sich just in diesem Moment ein Mord Amphitrite ist der Auftakt einer neuen Trilogie des umtriebigen Autors, in dem es um den hypothetischen 9. Planeten des Sonnensystems geht. Angesiedelt ist diese Trilogie auch wieder in Brandon Q. Morris Future History, die mit den Eismond-Romanen gestartet ist. In einer chinesischen Bergbau-Station im Asteroidengürtel dockt ein Forschungsschiff der ESA an, um ihre Treibstoff-Tanks auf ihrem Weg zum Jupitermond Ganymed aufzufüllen. An Bord der Station ereignet sich just in diesem Moment ein Mord, als einer der Techniker den Vergewaltiger einer Kollegin während seiner Tat im Affekt umbringt. Da dies innerhalb der chinesischen Juresdiktion geschieht, müssen der Mörder, dessen Kollegin und eine andere Kollegin, die diese Tat zu verschleiern versucht, fliehen. Sie entführen das Forschungsraumschiff der ESA-Crew und fliegen in Richtung äußeres Sonnensystem. Als sie an Bord des Schiffes noch die Kommandantin der ESA-Mission antreffen, gelingt es ihnen, sie auf ihre Seite zu ziehen, indem sie mit ihr vereinbaren, dass sie zum Planeten Amphitrite steuern, der kurz zuvor von einem Amateur-Astronomen entdeckt wurde, dieses Ziel ist für die ehrgeizige Kommandantin viel reizvoller als der altbekannte Jupitermond. Amphitrite ist so schwarz, dass er nur durch Zufall entdeckt werden konnte, er liegt aber weit innerhalb des Kuiper-Gürtels und man weiß überhaupt nichts über ihn. Wie es fast immer bei Morris ist, erweist sich ein harmloser Putzroboter als eine ernst zu nehmende KI, die heimlich Informationen ins Innere des Systems sendet, als die Besatzung das herausfindet, ist es auch schon zu spät. Kurz vor dem Einschwenken in die Umlaufbahn von Amphitrite, wird das Schiff durch eine militärische Mission einer Versicherungsgesellschaft geentert und die Besatzung inhaftiert. Die Versicherungs-Agenten wollen sich jedoch den Ruhm, als erste Menschen den Fuß auf einen fremden Planeten setzen zu können, nicht entgehen lassen, und landen mit mehreren Menschen auf dem Planeten, wo sie jedoch sofort durch einen mysteriösen Zwischenfall in Schwierigkeiten kommen. Inzwischen können sich die Eingesperrten, mit Hilfe des Putzroboters befreien und die zurückgebliebenen Versicherungs-Agenten überwältigen und einsperren. Nachdem das Landungsteam Notrufe sendet, entscheiden die Geflohenen nun selbst, auf dem Planeten zu landen, dort erfahren sie jedoch selbst am eigenen Leibe, welche Kräfte auf diesem Planeten herrschen. Dennoch gelingt beiden Missionen die Rückkehr in den Orbit, die meisten reisen an Bord des Schiffes der Versichungsgesellschaft ins Innere des Sonnensystems zurück, nur Juri und Irina (Der Mörder und seine Helferin) bleiben im Orbit um Amphitrite an Bord des ESA-Forschungsschiffes zurück... Der Ansatz ist ein sehr interessanter, denn Amphitrite ist der hypothetischer neunte Planet des frühen Sonnensystems, der im Laufe der Migration von Uranus und Neptun mit einem von diesen kollidiert sein soll. Seine Existenz wird aufgrund neuerer Modelle zur Entwicklung der protoplanetaren Scheibe angenommen. Mit dieser Hypothese lassen sich zudem Charakteristika der äußeren Gasplaneten (Rotationsanomalie des Uranus; Wärmehaushalt Neptuns) sowie Herkunft und Bahneigenschaften des ungewöhnlichen Neptunmondes Triton erklären, die bisher nicht befriedigend erklärt werden können. Doch die Story um dieses astrophysikalische Rätsel hat der Autor doch sehr einfach, wenn nicht sogar infantil gestrickt. Ein Mord im Affekt geschieht, und ihnen fällt nichts anderes ein, als ein Forschungsschiff zu stehlen und ins äußere Sonnensystem zu fliehen, wobei es dort nichts gibt, um überleben zu können. Eine Forscherin, die alles aufgibt, nur um einmal als Erste einen Fuß auf einem fernen Planeten setzen zu können. Ein gut ausgerüstetes, militärisches Schiff einer Versicherungsgesellschaft, ein Marsgroßer Planet, der Amphitrite sein soll. (die Masse des postulierten Planeten tendiert gegen zwei Erdmassen, aber vieleicht erklärt uns dies Morris in den beiden nächsten Bänden dieses Zyklus) Ich fand die Story deshalb sehr schwach und hat mich nicht im mindesten vom Sockel gerissen, aber es ist immerhin Hard-Science und der wissenschaftliche Background ist nicht zu verachten. Das ist aber wieder absolut positiv an diesem Band; der populärwissenschaftliche Anhang, der uns diesesmal über die TNO's (Trans-Neptun-Objects) im Kuiper-Gürtel und über die Entstehung des Sonnensystems informiert...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    A potential 3 that ran out of steam. 2.5

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marc Tort

    Better than expected

  5. 5 out of 5

    Noodle The Naughty Night Owl

    1/10: Couldn't get past the first few chapters; not for me. 1/10: Couldn't get past the first few chapters; not for me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Hard science-yes; Dialogue-no I bought this book not knowing the author but hoping for more believable science in the fiction. And the hard science was very interesting. I even laughed a few times. But the character development and especially the dialogue was stilted and often artificial. I even looked up the author to see if the book had been translated because it often seemed like Russian or some other Slavic language badly translated into English. I finished the book because I was curious but Hard science-yes; Dialogue-no I bought this book not knowing the author but hoping for more believable science in the fiction. And the hard science was very interesting. I even laughed a few times. But the character development and especially the dialogue was stilted and often artificial. I even looked up the author to see if the book had been translated because it often seemed like Russian or some other Slavic language badly translated into English. I finished the book because I was curious but not because I identified or even cared much what happened to the characters. I recommend this only to readers who want speculative science fiction and don't care that much about the story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Judith Trail

    This is good and satisfying hard science fiction written by an author who is also a physicist and had the skill to think of the science, make it dramatic and entertaining and also write about it so that a layman could understand and appreciate how the science drove the story. The characters are engaging and while character development is not the core of the novel, have sufficiently well-defined personalities and are put under some very stressful situations, so that their responses and their chan This is good and satisfying hard science fiction written by an author who is also a physicist and had the skill to think of the science, make it dramatic and entertaining and also write about it so that a layman could understand and appreciate how the science drove the story. The characters are engaging and while character development is not the core of the novel, have sufficiently well-defined personalities and are put under some very stressful situations, so that their responses and their changing responses are real and authentic. Three colleagues and sort of friends working on a mining site are forced to steal a spaceship and flee after a crime is committed, the consequences of which are not particularly attractive to face. A stowaway comes with them and by some chance, they discover what appears to be the ninth planet in our solar system, with characteristics that intrigue them and offer a possible way to refuel or even make some money, as they will be on the run for some time. A robot, Oscar, part of the ship's "equipment" also becomes an important 5th crew member as his skills and abilities are gradually revealed to be pretty spectacular, even though they are not entirely sure that he has benign intentions toward them. The new planet is beyond anything they have imagined and this crew must work together, with trust, to avoid being killed by the mysteries the planet possesses. Entertaining, scientifically believable and well-written, this is a good start to this trilogy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jan L

    Slow read, bland characters The start of this book was just annoying. I wasn't sure about continuing with the story. We're set in the future but the words and actions was like the 60's maybe. Anyway, I continued on, skipping quite a bit until around page 200. I mostly wanted to get down to the planet and that just took forever. Things started to pick up a bit, but still. The human characters I didn't find interesting or enjoyable at all. The author could had killed them all off and it wouldn't h Slow read, bland characters The start of this book was just annoying. I wasn't sure about continuing with the story. We're set in the future but the words and actions was like the 60's maybe. Anyway, I continued on, skipping quite a bit until around page 200. I mostly wanted to get down to the planet and that just took forever. Things started to pick up a bit, but still. The human characters I didn't find interesting or enjoyable at all. The author could had killed them all off and it wouldn't have mattered to me. The science was interesting but not enough for me to continue reading the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jay Sampson

    Another good story Kim a big fan Of Morris because Of the pure and accurate science. Yet by mid book i was ready Tip give up In good one because the Main character made me anxious. Why? Because i kept hoping he would die Cell i wouldn't have to keep reading his paranoia. Rep i wouldn't read anymore whining. I can't stand the lead character because no one, not Joe and not 1000 years In the future, would allow anyone this neurotic and cowardly to book into space. Please write In a spine for this gu Another good story Kim a big fan Of Morris because Of the pure and accurate science. Yet by mid book i was ready Tip give up In good one because the Main character made me anxious. Why? Because i kept hoping he would die Cell i wouldn't have to keep reading his paranoia. Rep i wouldn't read anymore whining. I can't stand the lead character because no one, not Joe and not 1000 years In the future, would allow anyone this neurotic and cowardly to book into space. Please write In a spine for this guy!

  10. 5 out of 5

    David John Killian

    Sorry I wasted time reading this. The characters are at best two dimensional, and the science (even with belief suspended) had gaping holes, from the behavior of fabrics in microgravity to the storage of foodstuffs (would you really take heat-and-serve dinner rolls on a two year space mission?). The best part of the book was the science fact summary of the search for trans-Saturn planets that was included as an appendix. This section was well-written and factually accurate to the best of my know Sorry I wasted time reading this. The characters are at best two dimensional, and the science (even with belief suspended) had gaping holes, from the behavior of fabrics in microgravity to the storage of foodstuffs (would you really take heat-and-serve dinner rolls on a two year space mission?). The best part of the book was the science fact summary of the search for trans-Saturn planets that was included as an appendix. This section was well-written and factually accurate to the best of my knowledge.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Desperation leads to discovery This is a realistic story that does not expect quantum leaps in the next 100 years. If you enjoy a realistic story, A story line that develops at a good pace, and believable characters, this is a book that will provide good entertainment. Most books I read from Kindle I give a three, they are about the same as most TV shows, but thus will leave you open for more.

  12. 5 out of 5

    William Dorsett

    Good Read, Interesting Plot Plot is different, but interesting when you see how the characters are developed. Plot comes to a rapid conclusion at the end, but satisfying and sets up Book 2 nicely.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Marshall

    Some very different ideas. A very different and interesting story. The plot lines still follow possible human nature and reactions to various threats. A good read. I will continue to the next in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Connie Moon

    Great Hard Science This starts as part space opera asteroid mining then ramps into space exploration to a new unknown mysterious object. There are good guys, bad guys, a cool robot, conflict and a (kind of) space chase. I read this in two sittings and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    lynn tharpel

    Unique and differentiate Slightly different from the beginning and stays that way. Good characters and a unique premise. Their destination is truly different and interesting. Over all a good read

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pete Mysliwiec, III

    Another great saga begins Glad to find this new book from Mr Morris. I have read everything he has written, I think. They always are hard to put down. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book. Thanks for keeping true to science. Another great saga begins Glad to find this new book from Mr Morris. I have read everything he has written, I think. They always are hard to put down. Can't wait to see what happens in the next book. Thanks for keeping true to science.

  17. 5 out of 5

    John F. Wells Jr.

    Be careful what you wish for. Okay so this is the first book in the series and it is okay but a little boring in some parts but for the most part the book is good. I will read the second book in the series and hopefully it grabs me like a good series should.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ben Varela

    Okay. Still building. Want more, need more. Wish this book was a whole lot bigger. Looking forward to the next book. I recommend reading.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eddie Reynolds Manzi

    The AI Robot Steals Show This book is fun to read, not too geeky and funny, thanks to Oscar the Robot. Oscar had AI and has a cheeky personality.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    Didn't do anything for me. Characters are flat, the mission is blah, you finally get to the end and I have no reason to go any further with this series. Didn't do anything for me. Characters are flat, the mission is blah, you finally get to the end and I have no reason to go any further with this series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    jacqueline flynn

    Good black planet Enjoyed fiction about possible mystery planet in our solar system. Clever use of a robot side kick to fill out the storyline.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dennis John Elam

    Good story - ended a little prematurely.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brian Asalone

    Good story Relatively hard sci-fi without getting bogged down in details. Interesting characters that the reader cares about. Good story line. Overall a fun read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex Fürstenau

    Eine unterhaltsame und spannende Geschichte.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Steve F.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Szabolcs Szentes

  27. 4 out of 5

    S McGrath

  28. 4 out of 5

    Doreen S Kean

  29. 4 out of 5

    Javier Pradanos

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Marino

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