Prospector's Run by Kevin W. Bates
Category: Adult Fiction (18 yrs +), 277 pages
Genre: Science Fiction | Publisher: Kevin W. Bates
Release date: April 2019
Tour dates: Nov 23 to Dec 11, 2020
Content Rating: PG for mild profanity and some depictions of violence.
Five thousand years ago in a savage assault, someone tried to annihilate humanity. They almost succeeded. Now, millennia after the First Stellar Civilization’s cataclysmic destruction, humans have clawed their way back from the brink of extinction and returned to the stars. Massive riches in the form of forgotten tech lie hidden in the ruins of the First Civ’s dead, shattered worlds. For a prospector with luck and the right coordinates, they are ripe for the taking. Holtz Mitsumi has neither. Down and out from a failed expedition, Mitsumi allows an enigmatic stranger to talk him into one more prospecting run. After scraping together a crew, Mitsumi embarks with high hopes. But nothing is as it seems and this run may be his last.
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REVIEW By LAWonder10:
This is a sci-fi set 5000 years in the future. It is a feasible theory but slightly depressing.
This is about politics, corruption and advanced society.
Six very unlikely individuals become a "skeleton" crew on a space ship in search of what is suppose to be a life-changing voyage. Will they be able to work together with such extremely varying backgrounds?
Each has issues he/she needs to resolve to successfully move on in life. They are a team and must be able to trust one another. Trust is easily lost and difficult to gain.
They are faced with many challenges in their journey for success.
The characters are described well and the scenes are portrayed well. The book cover image and title are a good "fit".
It was difficult for me to "get into" but as it progressed it became easier to "connect with".
I offer a Four Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Well, That’s Annoying By: Kevin W. Bates
The other day I was reminded of one of my pet peeves in science fiction. And thereby, as the Bard says, hangs a tale. Here it is.
Recently, my wife spent a couple of weeks with one of our daughters and her family. Batchin’ it is not my favorite activity and to top it off in the second week of her stay, I had to call her with tragic news. Unexpectedly, the television in our upstairs living room died.
“Did it really die or did you kill it?” She asked.
Shocked at this suspicion when I expected sympathy, I protested. “It died, really. I can’t believe you think I’d harm our TV. Where would that idea even come from?”
Not a normal silence, but one of those silences pregnant with meaning. Here the meaning was, “You’ve got to be kidding me.”
And she was right. I knew perfectly well where her idea came from—those diabolical people at Costco. Those sneaky Costco marketers position their brand new 55 to 75 inch Ultra High Definition, 4K, OLED, HDR smart televisions with 120 Hz refresh rates at the entrance. You can’t walk into the store without seeing the slim displays that make your current TV look like a clunky 1950s era black and white box. It didn’t escape my wife’s keen eye that when we visit Costco, I slow down. She catches me eyeing those TVs every time.
“Honest,” I said. “It just died. You know it’s been acting funny lately, and I thought it was the HDMI cable?”
“Mmm,” she murmured, infusing a universe of doubt into that sound.
“Turns out it was the set.” I licked my lips, struggling to keep my voice even and excitement free. “But you know, silver linings and all that.”
“Have a good time,” she said, and the conversation moved on to other topics.
So it was that the day after she returned home, I was experimenting with our new television, exploring its potential, when I ran across a feature that allowed us to view movies for free with minimal commercial interruption. Stargate was one movie on offer. I remembered seeing that movie in a theater with my son. So I started watching.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I quite liked the movie, but at a certain point I had to pause the replay and complain to my wife. In the movie, the heroes on earth discover a gate that transports them across the galaxy. On the new world the heroes from earth discover that an evil alien has transported humans to the world to work as slaves in his mine.
And there it was. One of my pet peeves in science fiction. You have a hugely advanced technological base, one which is capable of wonders like building an instantaneous galactic transportation system and you’re still using weak humans to mine things? Sure, sure, I understand all science fiction requires the suspension of disbelief, but this one really gets me. In the Hunger Games, for example, the Capitol enslaves Katniss’ people to mine coal, of all things. Coal. You mean to tell me that all the high-tech transportation and Capitol’s advanced tech is powered by Coal? It boggles the mind. Again, don’t get me wrong, I liked the Hunger Games as well. It’s just that I like my science fiction to be more consistent in its application of technologies. Using human labor when machines and non biological power sources are available seems terribly in-congruent to me.
So, there you go. That’s one of my few pet peeves. Well, I may have more than a few. Just don’t ask my wife about my pet peeves. She is somehow under the impression that I have a million of them.
Meet the Author:
Kevin W. Bates was born in Berkeley, California and, with the exception of a couple year stint in Sydney Australia and a study abroad program in Japan, was raised there. In his Martin Luther King Jr. High and Berkeley High School years, Kevin developed a life-long fascination with science fiction (and, oddly, nuclear weapons) and a tendency to day dream. He discovered early that among the greatest joys in life is the thrill of losing yourself in a gripping space adventure soaring across the galaxy. Raised on classic science fiction authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury, Kevin took up writing science fiction to provide the same mind expanding thrills he enjoyed from those authors and more contemporary ones like Alastair Reynolds, Iain M. Banks, David Brin and Neal Stephenson.
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