Saturn Run

Saturn Run

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"An extraordinary new thriller of the future from #1 New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Sandford and internationally known photo-artist and science fiction aficionado Ctein. Over the course of thirty-seven books, John Sandford has proven time and again his unmatchable talents for electrifying plots, rich characters, sly wit, and razor-sharp dialogue. Now, in collaboration with Ctein, he proves it all once more, in a stunning new thriller, a story as audacious as it is deeply satisfying. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope--something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on, and an remarkable adventure begins--an epic tale of courage, treachery, resourcefulness, secrets, surprises, and astonishing human and technological discovery, as the members of a hastily thrown-together crew find their strength and wits tested against adversaries both of this earth and beyond. What happens is nothing like you expect--and everything you could want from one of the world's greatest masters of suspense"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
ISBN: 9780399176951
0399176950
Branch Call Number: SCI SANDF-J
Characteristics: 486 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Ctein - Photographer

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Bookworm1562
Sep 14, 2017

John Sanford and Ctein make a good team. "Saturn Run" is sci-fi, but the technology advances are very reasonable and believable. Clearly Ctein provided the technological possibilities and Sanford words them so that sci-fi novices like me can understand most of it - or some of it. It is a very good story.

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jkilling
Aug 17, 2017

I enjoyed it. I had been finding the Prey novels and the F'ing Flowers books enjoyable but definitely not that engaging. This collaboration (what the h*ll kind of a name is Ctein?) combined enough science with fairly intriguing characters. Several times I incorrectly predicted the story line and the fiend onboard the Nixon. I expected more from the Sandy-Fiorella relationship and don't feel that Fang-castro's breakup was adequately explained, but I feel that wanting more from a book is the sign of being fully engaged in a book. I recommend this book, but I recommend it to people with my tastes and appreciations. I don't know you, you don't know me, good luck to all of us.

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Galvinator
Jul 01, 2017

Some writers and editors think a character is more mature, interesting or strong if he/she spews a lot of obscenity or profanity, and they load their books/screenplays with this bile. They are wrong and it is not necessary. This might be a good book, were it not infected by same.

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Loge99
Mar 18, 2017

John falls into the author cliche trap in the first chapters, but once over that the story becomes intriguing. The "science" will probably be overwhelming to most readers. Not your typical John Sandford. Some of the episodes are rather like patchwork on a story to create some sexual interest i.e. the orgy lottery. Lots of labored chapters and the denouement is a cop-out. Chinese psychedelic gas in the airwaves? Come on....sounds like a trashy B movie.

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luc_0
Feb 18, 2017

Not at all like John Sandford who is an author I always buy so I don't have to wait for it. A very very big disappointment. I certainly hope he sticks to his usual style writing.

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ferm_dawg
Feb 17, 2017

This book was a Slog.. Ug.. What part was John Sanford in? 4 vending machines on the spacecraft; and one falls on a customer.. The crew creates a 'Orgy Group', what you can't hold it for a year. Hard to believe any of the 'Science Fiction'; easier to believe The Lord of The Rings was our earlier history.. Read like the Golden Compass.. Tough.. I do not recommend. The author is known as a 'photographer'?? ( I got a idea about a new book........) Ug..

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JackPurcell
Jul 21, 2016

Good old time science fiction that isn't magic, sorcery, swordfighting? Yeah, physics exists in Saturn Run.

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SeattleSaul
Jul 14, 2016

A pretty good story set in the near future. A lot of the science is a believable extrapolation of present-day technology with a couple of wild cards thrown in. The interpersonal relations are trite and strained at times, but with allowance for fictional license and drama, works fairly well to advance the story. The premise, alien visitation to Saturn’s rings, stretches credulity and simultaneously has echoes of “2001 Space Odyssey.” Go ahead and read this knowing that you will be entertained and not feel guilty about it.

Rbrightone Jun 27, 2016

I thought this was a very interesting book and by my standard of "when do I try and fit in reading it" it passes with flying colors as I was opening it up at very regular intervals. As someone below said it does have its slowish periods but often they are just setting up the next bit of conflict or action. Worth a read.

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Astraeus
Jun 25, 2016

An enjoyable read about fictional new space race between the America and China to obtain alien technology. While not an action-thriller, this book's combination of hard science fiction and political intrigue will be sufficient to keep you entertained until the last page.

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jimg2000
Dec 13, 2015

On heat shield size, author concluded “nearly half a square kilometer of shiny plastic film (page 198). However the sum of the two pieces of shield, one a disk three hundred meters in diameter (page 195) and a huge rectangle of metallized Kapton … at four hundred meters in length (page 197,) is less than a fifth of a square kilometer ---> 3.14159*0.15km*0.15km + 0.3km*0.3km (max area of rectangle is square) = 0.1607 square km
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Depends on what kind of aliens you’re talking about. Exo-bacteria would fit the definition of alien, and we can’t communicate with our own bacteria. But if you’re talking about technological beings, …

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jimg2000
Dec 13, 2015

“The Saturn ring system is lousy with these little moonlets. There are hundreds of them, maybe thousands. … From far off, Saturn’s rings appeared stable and fixed, but those ringlets performed a constant and chaotic dance with gravity. Gaps would shift kilometers inward or outward. Sometimes they disappeared entirely …
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Shutting up academics is like trying to herd cats.
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“Screw a bunch of emotions. If your relationship can’t survive a little white lie. Then it probably can’t survive, anyway,” Santeros said. “Might as well get it over with.”
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… with nine billion people on Earth, anything that you could conceive of people doing to each other was being done. All the time.

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jimg2000
Dec 13, 2015

Most affluent people were good-looking, not because they inherited the right genes, but because the surgery was so good and painless and safe.
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Depends on what kind of aliens you’re talking about. Exo-bacteria would fit the definition of alien, and we can’t communicate with our own bacteria. But if you’re talking about technological beings, …
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The thing about that: once you knew you were looking for a needle, metaphorically speaking, the looking got a lot easier. You could toss out anything that was too long, or too broad, or too heavy, or that wasn’t made of metal, and so on.
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You don’t want to get there fastest, you want to get there soonest. Right?
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Game theory, she thought. If I quit now, I keep my professional integrity and it’s a sure loss. If I stick it out, there’s a chance I might be able to pull it off and no one will know that I was blowing smoke …

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jimg2000
Dec 13, 2015

Crow hadn’t graduated first in his class at the Naval Academy because he hadn’t wanted to … Adjustments made to his academic record lowered him to the eleventh spot, high enough to be taken seriously, low enough that he wasn’t a threat to anyone.
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… tens of thousands of people are sent to prison in the United States every year. Conditions are not good, but the vast majority manage to survive long periods inside when they are effectively contained as we are. Many times, brutally contained, without access to any society at all. We, on the other hand, …
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“Becca: But back home, I could go out when I wanted to.” “Clover: But you didn’t. Not often.”
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In sports, the rules define outcomes.” Crow said. “He won because I wan’t allowed to bite his nose off, knee him in the balls, or gouge his eyes out.”
“There’s gotta be some rules,” Sandy said.
“Really? I hadn’t heard that.”

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jimg2000
Dec 13, 2015

Martinez: “… The good news is the chance of hitting something that big are far less than one percent. Far less.” “Be like losing the lottery,” Sandy Said.
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Most of the time they’ll tell me what’s a bogus plant and point me toward the one true oak.
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A certain percentage of technological societies severely damage their own planets before they become mature enough to understand the damage they are doing. In the past, a number of species have gone extinct before they achieved interstellar flight because of that damage, …
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I’m not sure they’re so worried about who to blame – it’d be you, no matter what happens –
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Another tradition of the Yuhanguan Corps: you not only followed the orders that were handed down, you made believe you were enthusiastic about them.
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He recalled an Americanism – the first pioneers were the ones with the arrows in their backs.

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jimg2000
Dec 13, 2015

She said her polite good-byes, wished the general secretary;s family well, added under her breath that she hoped they’d all get tertiary syphilis, and slammed the handset down so hard that it cracked.
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Crow said, “You’ve been leaning on that theory pretty hard, the ‘they haven’t, so they won’t’ theory.”
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Anyway. It’s a deadman circuit. If it doesn’t get a picosecond ping from at least one of the kill triggers each second, it’ll go off.
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Perhaps centuries from this moment, space explorers would discover a mysterious, dimly lit ship, abandoned by its crew for reasons long forgotten, a Flying Dutchman of the Early Space Era.
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There is a plastic coating on page fourteen that will be …
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Yeah. So if you decide to cook up a little revolution … who do you trust?

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mardscott
Jul 11, 2016

Saturn Run is not a book I would recommend to teens nor to many of my friends. Why: TOO much Foul Language! The first 1/3 of the book presents these characters who all, supposedly, very intelligent, leaders in their fields, but they use drugs profusely and love to curse, esp. with all the variations of the "F-_ _k"word!
BUT, the storyline is not predictable and draws you in. This story is set in the future about 50 years (2066) and a vast spaceship is discovered in the rings of Saturn. What to do? Yes, the forces earth, in this case, the Americans and the Chinese, decide to go after this spaceship, to see what these aliens are like, and most importantly, to see what we can attain from them to help us be #1 in technology, etc. Thus, the race is on: both the Americans and the Chinese send their own spaceship to Saturn. After they get there, they discover no aliens but a computer. From there, they download info and race to get home with it--one before the other. Good story. I just got tired of reading the "f" word, along with many other choice curse words. It is sad to think that American and Chinese society in 50 years will use profanity nearly every time they speak.

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