Slow Train to Arcturus
by Eric Flint & David Freer
Cover Artist: David Mattingly
Review by Harriet Klausner
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416555858
Date: 07 October 2008 List Price $24.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
When the humongous weird looking vessel entered their solar system, leaders of planet Miren become concerned, having never seen anything remotely like it. They send a ship filled with scientists and other researchers to investigate the encroaching craft with its strange massive bubble-like habitats. From official release/information:
Product Description: The planet Miran had sent a spaceship to rendezvous with the enormous vessel that was approaching their star system. The vessel's design was odd—a multitude of separate globular habitats in a framework—and most of the alien team that entered one of the habitats were slaughtered by savage creatures called "humans." One alien had barely managed to escape to another habitat where the humans were more friendly, if rather technologically backward. But he needed to get back to his spaceship, and he would need one human's help to do that.
They would have to travel through several more habitats, each one isolated from the other, each with its own bizarre dangers and customs. And friendliness toward strangers was not one of those customs. . . .