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Friday, January 17, 2014

"Twists near the end were unexpected." Eden M51 by G. R. Paskoff #scifi





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Eden M51

Written by G. R. Paskoff

Genre: Science Fiction




Eden exists, tucked away in a remote corner of the universe. 


In the year 2083, overpopulation, resource depletion, and climate change have pushed global civilization to the brink of collapse. Colonies on the moon and beneath the oceans, despite years of development, are struggling to survive.

As international tensions escalate, and humanity faces an impending crisis for subsistence, a new race has quietly begun, one to find a habitable planet for human expansion outside the solar system. Thus far, however, every expedition sent has resulted in monumental disappointment, and occasionally, tragedy.

But all is not lost.

A U.S. interstellar probe, launched decades earlier, unexpectedly transmits a burst of tantalizing figures on a remote alien world in the M51 galaxy, yielding the first promising data scientists have seen in years. In response, an international team of experts is hastily assembled to investigate the prospective planet over thirty million light years away.

Each with their own set of hopes and agendas, what they discover upon arrival is more than any of them imagined – something that forces them to confront the shadows of their past and to reevaluate their choices for Man’s future.

Commander Nathaniel Hawke, a renowned pilot in the United States Department of Space Defense, is selected to lead the mission. Seven years after the controversial death of his best friend, he views the expedition to M51 as one last opportunity for redemption. But in the end, will the journey offer the salvation he seeks, or cast him further into despair?




An excerpt from

Eden M51


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Here's what

Fans are saying


I read a lot of science fiction and it's sometimes difficult to find new plot twists. While the background of Eden M51 is another story of how Terrans managed to mess up their planet and the bad guy takes advantage of a less technologically capable society, the author has a refreshing twist that will be compelling to sci-fi and other fiction fans.

It's a page turner with believable characters and I look forward to reading the author's next novel.



I didn't know what to expect from this book by an unknown author. I was pleasantly surprised. It covers a plausible and nicely detailed solution to a realistic problem, the author builds tension nicely, and the twists near the end were unexpected.

I think what I liked most about it, however, was the attention the author paid to the development of the mission and technology. I've read lots of sci-fi books centered around the introduction of a new technology, in which the author just describes what the technology does, and then "wham-bam thank-you ma'am," somebody uses it to save the planet.

What this author did particularly well was to convey the scope of the effort that would be required to undertake a mission like this, as well as the squabbling that would go on between the various stakeholders involved in the process.

The process of building things on a large scale is as much a political undertaking as it is an engineering-driven operation, and the author did a really nice job of immersing the reader into that piece of the story, and doing a lot of character introduction and development along the way.

By the time the characters actually left the earth, I felt like I knew them, and really had a sense of how "big" that spaceship must be, in terms of size as well as blood, sweat and tears.



Author Bio


G. R. Paskoff


Mr. Paskoff was born in Brooklyn, NY and has over eighteen years experience working in U. S. Naval Aviation. He currently resides in Maryland with his wife and two children. His first book, "Eden M51," is available in print or ebook. He has also published a short story ("Toward an End Known") which was written to accompany the novel by detailing the events of "Eden M51" through the eyes of a different main character. 

Presently, he is working on a comedic sci-fi series for young adults. For more information about his writing projects you can visit his author website at www.grpaskoff.com.

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