- Title: The Daedalus Incident
- Author: Michael J.Martinez
- ISBN: null
- Page: 342
- Format: Kindle Edition
Mars is supposed to be dead a fact Lt Shaila Jain of the Joint Space Command is beginning to doubt in a bad way.Freak quakes are rumbling over the long dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll seemingMars is supposed to be dead a fact Lt Shaila Jain of the Joint Space Command is beginning to doubt in a bad way.Freak quakes are rumbling over the long dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll seemingly of their own volition carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt Jain and her JSC team realize that their realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300 year old journal that is writing itself.Lt Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty s Royal Navy is an honest 18th century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents and the immense Void between the Known Worlds Across the Solar System and among its colonies rife with plunder and alien slave trade through dire battles fraught with strange alchemy, nothing much can shake his resolve But events are transpiring to change all that.With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.Set sail among the stars with this uncanny tale, where adventure awaits, and dimensions collide
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This was a great book, giving science-fiction fans the best of both worlds.On one hand we have the year 1779. The British Royal Navy is sailing - in big ships with sails - around the solar system. They go from Earth to Venus to Mercury to Saturn. They fly/sail on solar winds. The ships are run on alchemy. Women have no rights. The British colonies are just starting to try and free themselves from British rule. Benjamin Franklin is a powerful alchemist fighting for freedom against the British. Th [...]
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/201Being a type A personality and stickler for organization, I employ the use of many different shelves to sort my books on . Anyway, just to give you an idea of the kind of book we're talking about here, these are just some of the ones I've tagged for The Daedalus Incident: Action-Adventure. Aliens. Alternate History. Fantasy. Magic. Science Fiction. Time Travel. Oh and I almost forgot, Pirates, too.As you can see, this is a novel that mixes eleme [...]
I'll be honest. I heard "Mars" and "Female protagonist" and I bought the book. If I had read the back of the book, I might not have bought it because - mixing fantasy and scifi? Not in my house, mister. The book flips between a future Martian mining base and an alternate history steampunky fantasy world. I started reading only the future Martian bit. It was SO GOOD. SO good I went back and read the fantasy bits. This book unreservedly kicked ass. I thought the author did a great job writing wome [...]
Refreshing mix of fantasy, science fiction, mystery and history.Two time lines with interesting characters, a kind of time traveland other travels, alchemy, sailing-ships, spaceships, aliens and and and Due to certain circumstances I promised the author to post my review not before end of May 2013.FULL REVIEWTHE STORY BEHINDIn December 2012 I came in contact with author Michael J. Martinez. He told me that his debut novel will be published in May 2013. The author has been so kind to add me to hi [...]
Martinez has managed to blend the swash buckling ways of 1779 and the hard science and action of working on Mars in 2132 that makes both relavent.And in fact this great mash up of time lines results in the collision of these two time lines in the exciting conclusion to the story.In 1779 we have the almost “steampunk” like activity of sailing between the stars with a literal sea going ship. This is accomplished through lodestones that have been treated by an Alchemist to support the gravity a [...]
Blurb:"The Daedalus Incident is Master & Commander by way of Spelljammer smashed into a effortlessly believable 22nd century Martian mining project. Tremendous fun."
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:thefoundingfields/2013/04/Shadowhawk reviews an upcoming debut novel from Night Shade Books.“In a time of SFF that is often serious and cerebral, The Daedalus Incident takes a step back to focus on the most important reason any reader picks up a book – to read a story that is plain good fun and adventure and that does not get bogged down into complexities of the world. A highly recommended debut.” ~The Founding FieldsBefore I get int [...]
Since the year is wrapping up, I decided it was a good time to read the book since it will likely be up for award nominations. So I started reading. I was hooked. There are two very diverse parallel worlds that intersect in the novel: future Mars where earthquakes and weird things are happening that should not, and an alternate 1779 where the British Navy uses alchemy to fly schooners through space and battles against rebels on Ganymede. Then I reached page 138 of my book. It skipped to page 187 [...]
Michael's debut marries two genres in an exciting and fresh way. I had a great time reading this!
Rating: 4.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Bizarre earthquakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll—seemingly of their own volition—carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their routine geological survey of a M [...]
I'm not sure if it's just that I've picked up a lot of books that are going along the "two plots are seemingly unrelated, but end up intertwining in unpredictable and interesting ways" theme, but we can add The Daedalus Incident to that list regardlessOn one hand, you have an alternate late-1700s where spacebound pirate/merchant ships exist and there's a lot of political and interstellar strife. On the other, you have the future 400 years later regarding a Mars expedition that has a lot of myste [...]
The Daedalus Incident by Michael J. Martinez offers two separate and wildly different storylines. The first one takes place in 2132, when a seemingly impossible earthquake on Mars sets off a chain of even stranger events. The second one is set in 1779 on the HMS Daedalus, which is just departing Portsmouth on a course set for Jupiter, where it will assist in the blockade of the Ganymedean city New York.Guess which one of those two storylines drew my attention, when I saw a plot summary of this n [...]
Dual story lines, when done well, can really drive narrative, and this is what Martinez has done here. Two very different story lines that do, eventually, meet up. Both were populated with interesting characters that I cared about, and the stakes were higher than I at first thought.Also, I'm ridiculously happy by O'Brien style seafarers space.
Mars is supposed to be dead.But in this action-adventure science fantasy by Michael J. Martinez, it most certainly isn’t, and Lt. Shaila Jain (part of the Mars mining base in 2132) soon finds herself in a bit of hot water as quakes rattle the planet, carving unnatural structures on the surface of Mars. Meanwhile, in an alternate 1779, Lt. Thomas Weatherby of the British Royal Navy sails through the solar system in an attempt to recover something stolen – and discovers something more sinister [...]
A somewhat fun futuristic space opera connected with a gunpowder fantasy. Or vv.One story is set on 2132 Mars, where unusual tectonic activity is messing with commercial mining operations. The other story this set in an alternate 1779, where the British Royal Navy flies the void between the planets in wooden tall ships powered by alchemy. The two stories alternate chapter by chapter for most of the book. (The alternate-1779 story has an odd structure: each entry begins as a journal entry in 1st [...]
A split narrative story with one storyline in an alternative universe analogous to Earth’s eighteenth century (with several notable differences) and the other in the supposed twenty-second century of this Earth. The eighteenth century is easier to believe. The other seems very twenty first century. Both exhibit a high school understanding of physics and politics. Reads as if written ten years ago. Both heroes are pigheaded idiots, and danger to life and mission, and should have been removed fr [...]
This book popped up on my library ebook lending page and the title and the cover looked interesting. Then I read the little blurb, Mars and ye olde wooden sailing ships 'sailing' between the planets, and I thought it could be really good or really bad. Turns out it's really good! =)I guess it could be classified as steampunk, but it's very light on the steampunk. I'd classify it more as magic with a side of steampunk.There are two timelines and the author does a good job of switching between the [...]
Two books shoved together in alternating chapters: a story of miners on Mars dealing with bizarre phenomena, and a steampunk pulp SF Age of Sail thing about tall ships swooping around the solar system via the power of alchemy. Naturally, these universes end up colliding eventually.The Age of Sail stuff was honestly the only reason I kept reading, because there the worldbuilding and characters were at least marginally interesting; no one on the Martian side of the story was, at all, and by the en [...]
I gave up after 120 pages. The concept is good; however, the colonial-era space fantasy, which would probably have been brilliant 50 years ago, feels a little too sad-puppy nostalgia for my taste, and the rest plods.I may try the author's other series, if he can pick up the pace a little and avoid normalizing the slave trade.
Martinez has put together a neat little parallel worlds sci/fi story, stitching together two seemingly unrelated stories across time, space, and actual universes. Half of the book is the story of 2Lt Weatherby, serving in the Royal Navy in 1779 in an alternate universe where alchemy works and the solar system is much more amicable to life, where the great empires traverse the void between worlds on sailing ships. In an interesting parallel, he is actually being sent (aboard the HMS Daedalus) to [...]
One might ask, when picking up science fiction, whether one wants a steely-hard realistic near-future novel about a techy mining base on Mars -- or an extravagant planetary romance where alchemical galleons swan around the Solar system, firing cannons at each other.Or, as the author of this book, one might say "Ha ha! I will do *both at the same time*! Mua ha ha ha!"(The "mua ha ha" is not attested, but I am morally certain that's how he said it.)The chapters flip back and forth between 2132 and [...]
A stunningly s-l-o-w mash-up of steam punk/space opera/alternate history/pirate adventure, with lots of extraneous exposition. Oh - and the "surprise ending" is obvious by the middle of the book. Predictable. Meh.
Two Earths – Two Different Times. That is the premise of The Daedalus Incident. I loved the world building. While one Earth is set in 2132 with science that matches ours the other is set in 1779 and the science is nothing like ours. In fact it allows sailing ships to travel in space used alchemy to keep gravity and air as they sail the Void. The first two chapters introduce both worlds and as the story progresses those worlds begin to interact and not in a good way.The two main characters for [...]
I really dont know how to begin. I plan on reading book 2 and 3 in the series, because i was invested by the end of this book. Its two narratives in one book, one a 5 star, one a 2 star, a one-star device for switching between the two, but a good ending. So whatever that adds up to. My main gripes are the switches between the two narratives come at annoyingly short intervals, just as youre getting into one. If it was done intentionally to jerk the audience around, i am angry. If it was just bad [...]
Science and alternative history combine to give us a story that echoes classic Science Fiction literature. The reader bounces back and forth from the years 2132 and 1779, and even though these stories are separated by 353 years, the characters will need to combine their efforts to save the universe. In 2132 we follow Lt. Jain and her JSC team as they realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. Mars-quakes and rocks that roll up hill are just a hint of t [...]
The Daedalus Incident is Michael Martinez's masterful alternate history SciFi thriller. It's a brilliant story that is predominately told from two perspectives: Second Lt. Thomas Weatherby of HMS Daedalus in 1779 (typically from his journal) and Lt. Shaila Jain, Joint Space Command (JSC) in 2132 assigned to Mars. Both are dedicated Royal Navy officers who handle themselves well (overall). A nice synopsis is given on . The book drew me into The Zone, that place where I simply find myself immersed [...]
Am citit vreo 100 de pagini, dar nu mi s-a aprins niciun beculet.Cam plictisitor. Am considerat ca nu are rost sa ma mai chinui.Cred ca problema e la personaje, nu sunt suficient de bine construite.
Super fun historical fiction/fantasy mixed with science fiction.
Van, amikor ez ember figyelmetlen és a fülszöveg olvasásakor átsiklik bizonyos dolgokonmint pl. a fregatt "az Ismert Világok közti űrt járja"Egy sci-fire számítottam. Helyette kaptam egy sci-fi - fantasy crossovert, ami vegyíti a tudományt az áltudománnyal (alkímia). Az elején nagyon zavart ez az alkímiás történet, de ahogy haladtam a könyvvel, egyre jobban magával tudott ragadni. Sőt a vége felé már sajnáltam, hogy csak pár oldal maradt hátra.Nem gondoltam volna, h [...]
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