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· Matter, Energy and Mentality: Exploring Metaphysical Reality (Paperback)

· The Oortian Summer (Kindle)

· The Palomar Paradox: A SETI Mystery (iBook)

· The Palomar Paradox: A SETI Mystery (Kindle)

· The Palomar Paradox: A SETI Mystery (Hardcover)

· The Palomar Paradox: A SETI Mystery (Paperback)

· The Palomar Paradox: A SETI Mystery (Digest)

· A Golden Fuchsia-Laden Girl (Hardcover)

· The Omega Wave (Hardcover)

· The Omega Wave E-Book (PDF)


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· Fundamental Laws of Conscious Entities

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· The windy violet

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· New Book on 'Matter, Energy and Mentality'

· And another Review of The Palomar Paradox

· Another Review of The Palomar Paradox

· The Palomar Paradox Reviewed

· The Palomar Paradox: A SETI Mystery

· Feathered Quill reviews 'The Omega Wave

· Reader Views Announces Finalists in the Annual Literary Awards

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Another Feathered Quill review: The Oortian Summer

9/5/2009 4:10:00 AM

by Richard Rydon


‘The Oortian Summer’ is a powerful science fiction adventure centering on work colleague relationships in an astronomical observatory as two massive comets approach the Earth. Unlike similar themes in the past, the unusual twist in this story involves a perilous attempt to bring the comets even closer to the Earth in order to prevent an impending geomagnetic flip.

A realistic sci-fi novel

It is the spring of 2024 and Luper Beauchamps, a bright and promising Ph.D. candidate in Astronomy, is busy collecting data. Working at the Tektite Ridge Observatory, under the guidance of Professor Walter Hally, Luper is supposed to be working out monthly results for his boss. But instead the young scientist has been busy analyzing some interesting anomalies that he has discovered over the course of several months of data taking. Confrontation soon develops between Luper and Professor Hally, an insecure, overbearing, obnoxious and all-around nasty person.

Even with Professor Hally’s constant attempts to sabotage Luper’s research, the Ph.D. candidate discovers not one, but two comets. The second comet, huge, long, cylindrical, and rotating, is nicknamed the ‘spinning rod.’ All is going well at the research lab until Luper and his colleagues realize that the second comet has split in two and that both sections are hurling toward Earth. Will either (or both) sections of the comet, dubbed KOA-1 and KOA-2, slam into Earth, or will they pass harmlessly by our planet? That is the question that keeps readers glued to the pages of The Oortian Summer.

The concept of a comet crashing into Earth is certainly not a new idea, but The Oortian Summer offers much more than a simple comet plot. The researchers discover that the comets in question are made of iron and are having a harmful effect on the magnetic fields on Earth. Migratory animals that rely on those fields soon start showing navigation problems. It doesn’t take long for the scientists to realize that the two large comets speeding toward Earth may cause a devastating geomagnetic flip. But there are other problems too – computers at the lab keep crashing, leeks in the nearby greenhouse are growing at an alarming rate, and a couple of the older professors’ rheumatism has disappeared. Are these events related to the comets’ approach? There is plenty of mystery to solve in this book.

What sets The Oortian Summer apart from other science fiction novels is the interplay between the colleagues in the lab. Professor Hally, in the words of Luper, is a “dirty hypocrite,” and after all the terrible things he does to Luper, the reader will be rooting for the younger scientist. There are also the beautiful twins, Andrea and Andina, Dr. Tom Green who comes to Luper’s aid again and again, the bumbling post-docs Lex and Briny, Panthus, a fat and lazy cat, as well as several other notable characters. The way this mismatched group interacts as they work in tight quarters in an observatory is perhaps the highlight of this book. The author has created a group of very real characters, most of whom are quite likeable, while a few have no redeemable characteristics.

The author is a retired scientist and his scientific background shows through in his story where the action closely mirrors that in a real life laboratory. Unlike many novels where the characters come to a solution quickly, the researchers in Rydon’s story struggle with the science and math behind the problem. There are plenty of false starts, wrong solutions, and miscalculations. Following along as the scientists work out the problems associated with the comets keeps the action going at a quick pace.

Quill says: The Oortian Summer is an entertaining science fiction novel with plenty of real science thrown in to keep the action realistic.


 

 

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More News by Richard Rydon

· New Book on 'Matter, Energy and Mentality' - 5/24/2013 2:34:00 AM
· And another Review of The Palomar Paradox - 5/17/2011 10:31:00 AM
· Another Review of The Palomar Paradox - 5/17/2011 10:31:00 AM
· The Palomar Paradox Reviewed - 5/13/2011 4:46:00 AM
· The Palomar Paradox: A SETI Mystery - 4/19/2011 10:25:00 AM
· Feathered Quill reviews 'The Omega Wave - 9/5/2009 3:58:00 AM
· Reader Views Announces Finalists in the Annual Literary Awards - 3/15/2009 5:26:00 AM
· Another Professional Review of The Oortian Summer - 11/27/2008 3:08:00 AM
· Another Review of The Omega Wave - 11/1/2008 5:45:00 AM
· Another Professional Review for The Omega Wave - 10/23/2008 6:42:00 AM
· Professioinal Review of The Omega Wave - 9/23/2008 2:55:00 AM
· Hardcover edition of Golden Fuchsia-laden Girl now published - 9/4/2008 3:20:00 AM
· THE OMEGA WAVE - 7/3/2008 4:40:00 AM
· PROFESSIONAL REVIEW OF THE OORTIAN SUMMER - 3/8/2008 5:03:00 AM
· Professional Review of The Oortian Summer - 11/4/2007 6:25:00 AM

Books by
Richard Rydon



The Oortian Summer (Kindle)

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The Palomar Paradox: A SETI Mystery (Kindle)

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Matter, Energy and Mentality: Exploring Metaphysical Reality (Paperback)

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A Golden Fuchsia-Laden Girl (Hardcover)

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A Golden Fuchsia-Laden Girl (Paperback)

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The Oortian Summer (Paperback)

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The Palomar Paradox: A SETI Mystery (Digest)

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