by Mike Brotherton
Cover Artist: Daniel Docio
Review by Karen Burnham
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765311252
Date: 04 March 2008 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Spider Star joins the grand tradition of pairing hard SF with xenoarcheology. It has millions of years of history and a whole universe worth of hard physics. Combine all that with a dire threat, exploration, and some horrific encounters with aliens, and readers will certainly get their fair share of "sense of wonder" from this book. The main characters are a little hard to root for, being rather insecure individuals, but reading about a team of dedicated scientists working together to explore new things is enjoyable. From official release/information:
Book Description: The human colony on the planet Argo has long explored and exploited the technology left behind by an alien race, a race gone for hundreds of thousands of years. But then an archeology team accidentally activates a terrible weapon: a weapon that will destroy the entire colony, and its star, if they cannot deactivate it. Evidence at the site suggests that the weapon was created for the ancient Argonauts by another race, a race of traders. And within that evidence are a map of their interstellar trading empire, and the coordinates of their main trading station. Although the information is a hundred thousand years out of date, the only hope for Argo is to send a ship and crew into the unknown, to try to negotiate for a way to shut down the weapon.
(Source: Tor Books)