Strata

Strata Strata is a stand alone novella by two Writers of the Future Award winners It s the middle of the twenty second century Earth s oil and gas reserves have been spent but humankind s thirst for energy

  • Title: Strata
  • Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu Stephen Gaskell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Strata is a stand alone novella by two Writers of the Future Award winners.It s the middle of the twenty second century Earth s oil and gas reserves have been spent, but humankind s thirst for energy remains unquenched Vast solar mining platforms circle the upper atmosphere of the sun, drawing power lines up from the stellar interior and tight beaming the energy back toStrata is a stand alone novella by two Writers of the Future Award winners.It s the middle of the twenty second century Earth s oil and gas reserves have been spent, but humankind s thirst for energy remains unquenched Vast solar mining platforms circle the upper atmosphere of the sun, drawing power lines up from the stellar interior and tight beaming the energy back to Earth For most of the platforms teeming masses, life is hard, cramped and hot Most dream of a return Earthside, but a two way ticket wasn t part of the benefits package, and a Sun Earth trip doesn t come cheap.Kawe Ndechi is luckier than most He s a gifted rider a skimmer pilot who races the surface of the sun s convection zone and he needs only two wins before he lands a ticket home The only trouble is, Kawe s spent most of his life on the platforms He s seen the misery, and he s not sure he s the only one who deserves a chance at returning home.That makes Smith Pouslon nervous Smith once raced the tunnels of fire himself, but now he s a handler, and his rider, Kawe, is proving anything but easy to handle Kawe s slipping deeper and deeper into the Movement, but Smith knows that s a fool s game His own foray into the Movement cost him his racing career and nearly his life and he doesn t want Kawe to throw everything away for a revolt that will never succeed.One sun Two men The fate of a million souls.

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    1. This is a solid novella in the "man-vs-the-system" vein. Many characteristics of the story reminded me of its ancestors: a faceless persecutor backed by paramilitary; an underground movement seeking to undermine the dominant power structure; a few good men striving to realize political justice; and a few good women present for emotional outpourings and props for those good men to lean on. The notable differences between Strata and its predecessors are the variety of nationalities of the protagon [...]

    2. Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic. ANALYSIS: Bradley P. Beaulieu is an author who doesn’t exactly need an introduction, with his debut The Winds of Khalakovo, he definitely garnered attention from many readers. He had also attended the Clarion Workshop which was the common ground with his fellow collaborator Steven Gaskell. The kernel of the story came to Brad in 2008 and he wanted to explore more of the story however he needed someone with a more SF-tuned style to help him with it [...]

    3. In the 22nd century, resource depletion and Earth’s ever-increasing energy demands have led humanity to a brand new frontier: huge platforms circle the Sun and draw energy directly from its surface. In the past, corporations offered enticing contracts that included free transfer to the platforms in order to motivate workers to join the solar workforce and leave an often dire existence on Earth, but what they neglected to mention was carefully hidden in the fine print: transfer back to Earth is [...]

    4. This tale eludes terrior, devote re old code horror and honorGood old boy shiny honor Over and above the call of duty. The trick is to realize when the real truth all the way

    5. Before I begin to write this review, I'll mention that Stephen Gaskell was an unknown author to me (I remember hearing about him, but this was the first time that I read something by him), but I've read Bradley P. Beaulieu's The Winds of Khalakovo. (I'll also mention that I'm glad that I had a chance to read this novella, because the story is good.)Strata: A Story of the Future Suns is a fine self-published science fiction novella. It's a story about freedom, revolution, second chances, sacrific [...]

    6. The novel was pretty short and easy to get through. I wasn't exactly hooked in the beginning (despite the dramatic opening chapter), but about 1/3 of the way through I really couldn't stop reading. Very well designed dystopian novel.There was one line that really got me thinking, "She'd be one of the losers in the brave new world they were planning." I was really curious as to if this was just a coincidental description, or actually a reference to the older dystopian novel. I actually e-mailed o [...]

    7. This was a tightly written novella with a decent plot. It went by a little too fast for as much as it had going on, but didn't make me feel like it was leaving too much out. It was more like 3.5 stars for me, but I'd rather round up. :) Nothing spectacular about it, but it was quite a nice, quick, action read.

    8. This story seemed promising and the quality of the writing seemd good, but I felt as if I had opened a book in the middle of a story! It was too difficult to get into for me but I'm sure that if you perservere you wouldn't be disappointed.

    9. If there had been a little less technical jargon, I would have given this five stars. Excellent world building, very relatable characters, and a strong connection to the underground movement in a very small number of pages. Well worth the read!

    10. Interesting worldbuilding, but the storytelling is pretty weak, even going so far as to forgetting to mention things. Sadly wasted potential.

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