Thursday, April 3, 2014
The trilogy begins with Earth Unaware in the Kuiper Belt at the outer edge of our solar system. There we meet a group of independent space miners who extract metals from the asteroids in this region. This group consists of a number of families who have adapted to life out in space and move from claim to claim, mine what they can, and send it back to Earth. Their ships are old and their equipment dated. For the most part they are struggling to survive, but they are a hardworking and resourceful group. One of the ships detects something moving toward Earth at near light speed that can only be explained as some type of alien craft. When they try to alert others to the possible dangers, a corporate mining ship on a secretive mission to test a new type of mining laser, attacks the family ship, destroying their communications equipment.
The story ends with the deaths of several thousands of people who got in the path of the aliens. However, due to subspace interference from the alien ship, Earth remains completely unaware of the danger that awaits. As the story ends, a young miner named Victor volunteers to make the journey to the moon in an improvised mineral transport ship, arriving just ahead of the aliens. However, nobody takes anything that he has to say seriously, except for one low-level case worker for the court. This story was top-notch. I now move onto the second book in the trilogy, Earth Afire.
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