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Proxima by Stephen Baxter

The novel “Proxima” by Stephen Baxter was published for the first time in 2013. It’s the first book in the Proxima series.

When Yuri is awakened from hibernation, he finds himself in a place and time that’s very different from the one he grew up in. Even worse, when someone finally tells him what’s going on, he finds out that he ended up in a group of people selected for an expedition to a planet in the Proxima Centauri system.

Stephanie “Stef” Kalinski is a scientist who is investigating the mystery of the kernels, objects discovered by humans and exploited as spaceship engines. Through trial and error, it was possible to understand how they work in an empirical way, but nobody knows what they really are and above all the principles that explain why they work. The answers could be on the planet Mercury.

Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin

The novel “Rite of Passage” by Alexei Panshin was published for the first time in 1968. It won the Nebula award for best novel of the year.

For Mia Havero it’s time to start training for the Trial, the rite of passage that every inhabitant of the Ship has to face at the age of 14. Together with a group of kids of the same age, she’ll be left for a month on a colony planet, where she’ll have to survive for a month thanks to her skills. The survivors will be considered adults.

Over the course of two years, Mia and the other kids her age must keep on attend normal classes but also start learning everything that will help them survive during the course of the Trial. For kids who grew up on a Ship, the idea of ​​spending a month on a planet inhabited by people they consider “Mudeaters” is quite shocking and when she participates in a trade mission with her father her opinion on the colonists doesn’t improve.

Inferno by Mike Resnick

The novel “Inferno” by Mike Resnick was published for the first time in 1993. It’s the third book in the Galactic Comedy series and follows “Purgatory”.

On the planet Faligor a sentient species developed a pre-technological civilization in which a certain balance has been established among the various tribes. The Republic’s interference in the history of other more primitive species led to catastrophic results so this time humans arriving on the planet try to have a more friendly attitude towards the natives.

Through Arthur Cartright of the Department of Cartography and some other human representatives of the Republic, an attempt is being made to prepare the natives for contacts with other planets that may include business relationships. Despite good will, the balance on Faligor is destroyed.

Coyote Frontier by Allen Steele

The novel “Coyote Frontier” by Allen Steele was published for the first time in 2005. It’s the third novel in the Coyote series and follows “Coyote Rising”.

When a spaceship from the European Alliance reaches Coyote, its inhabitants are preparing for the worst. Twenty years have passed since the rebellion but Carlos Montero hasn’t forgotten that difficult period so he’s ready for anything even if Captain Anastasia Tereshkova has communicated that her intentions are peaceful and actually intends to open a new way of communication through a portal.

For Coyote’s inhabitants the situation is completely new. Computers and other equipment available are old and slowly failing, getting new supplies would improve everyone’s life. The priority, however, is to maintain their independence but in establishing business relationships with the Earth there’s the risk of repeating the mistakes made on the mother planet.

Flashback by Dan Simmons

The novel “Flashback” by Dan Simmons was published for the first time in 2011.

Nick Bottom is a former Denver cop who’s become addicted to flashback, a drug that allows him to relive his memories as if they were real, to keep alive the presence of his wife Dara, who died a few years earlier in a car accident. For this reason, his teenage son Val went to live in Los Angeles with his maternal grandfather Leonard Fox.

Despite his problems, Nick Bottom is still considered a good detective and the Japanese billionaire Hiroshi Nakamura hires him to solve the case of his son’s murder, which happened six years earlier and remained unsolved. Information that were kept secret by Nakamura at the time gave Nick a new trace which, however, has very personal implications.