About the Book
After nearly fifty years in suspended animation a crew of human space explorers return to Earth, only to discover a medical side effect that prevents them remaining on their home planet. Now, in a desperate bid for survival, they must return to space and attempt to colonize an alien world under an alien sun.
About J. Brian Clarke
J. Brian Clarke is best known for sixteen stories published by ANALOG magazine ... five were ‘cover’ stories ... and ‘Dinoshift’ was nominated for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Nebula award.
Clarke’s stories have also appeared in GALAXY, EXPANSE and ON-SPEC. ‘Earthgate’ was the lead in Donald A. Wollheim’s 1986 ANNUAL WORLD’S BEST SF. ‘Testament of Geoffrey’ appeared in the Russian publication INVENTOR AND INNOVATOR. [MORE]
J. Brian Clark won the A. E. Van Vogt Award for this novel.
Clarkes's stories have appeared in Analog Magazine
“Alphanauts is a fascinating, tale of time, technology, evolution, and wars long-forgotten. Although the story spans years, light-years and dimensions, the journey with hero Richard Burrett is like traveling with a trusted friend. Such a grand story, told on such an intimate, human level — J. Brian Clarke has outdone himself once again.” — Tim Reynolds, Canadian Author
“SF could ask for no better ambassador. So sit back, relax, and enjoy: the alphanauts have come home.” — Robert J. Sawyer
"Clarke, the author of a number of published stories and the novel The Expediter (DAW 1990), is a very amiable writer, with a nice ear for conversational speech, which makes his characters, whom we don't really know, seem quite real." — David Mead, New York Review of Science Fiction.
"Throw in some cyborgs, an artificial intelligence, alien creatures, and a few other plot twists and you have an exciting if sometimes a bit over the top adventure story" — Science Fiction Chronicle
"Fans of science fiction in general and those with a special interest in new world adventures will find Alphanuats a satisfying read." — The Bookwatch
"Brian Clarke is a master storyteller of considerable originality and ability who in "Alphanauts" takes his readers on a true and highly recommended science fiction epic from beginning to end." — Midwest Book Review
"This is a fairly straightforward adventure tale, a bit of a page turner that any fan of old fashioned Science Fiction should enjoy. Recommended." — Ronald Hore, cm magazine
"Clarke has written a page turner with scientist-heros as conflicted as any human but with practicality and compassion from the Golden Age of SF. An excellent read that I hope will encourage more books by this author." — Pam Allan, ConNotations
"This is a first-rate planetary colonization story with lots of science. Engineers and scientists will enjoy this book; so will everyone else who likes good, interesting writing." — Paul Lappen, Dead Trees Reviews
"...an insightful look at colonization and life on other planets--one I'd recommend to others." — Lisa Ramaglia, Scribes World
"This tale is reminiscent of Golden Age stories of interstellar exploration." — Cheryl, booksnbytes.com
"If you've never thought you'd be fond of sci-fi, this is a great place to start. The colonists and 'nauts in this book are pioneers. They are settlers in a foreign land and they have so very much to learn; much to learn about their new home and surroundings, and much to learn about one another." — J. Bell, amazon.com
Introduction by Robert J. Sawyer:
“He writes about scientists and engineers, about people who think and do, about problems that have to be solved and the men and women who roll up their sleeves and get the work done. His characters are the kinds of scientists-as-heroes that our real world inexplicably lacks but that were the mainstay of the Golden Age of science fiction.”