Michael Ely [ epub ] Centauri Dawn Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Book 1
T help but pity the Peacekeepers who should have beefed up their military forces with the Spartans on their borderI won t spoil the ending but
it impacted meimpacted me to change my policy toward the Spartans in my current game They once shared their continent with the University one of my profitable trading partners but have long since pushed them out to sea I gave the University a couple of bases just To Keep Them Going And To Keep Trading With Them keep them going and to eep trading with them of the The Lion King kindness of my own capitalistic heart I m playing as the Morganites I decided to hold back my overwhelming military from them in favor of peaceful trading After Centauri Dawn I feel like unleashing some righteous revenge SMAC is still one of my all time favourite games and I m sad it never got a proper seuel or remake Video games never get good novelisations regardless of their own uality though and Centauri Dawn is barely mediocre at bestStill it works as a nostalgia piece and if youeep your expectations low it fills an evening adeuately If I can find the other two books in this series for under 60 I ll probably pick them up at least I enjoyed it far less on this re read than when I originally read it many years ago before I had even played Sid Meier s Alpha Centauri The focal character Pravin Lal s son is entirely uninteresting with no discernible character traits I think the reader is supposed to identify with him but I just couldn t at all You get a better story from playing the game The author does a pretty good job at highlighting the horrors of war I didn t pay particular attention on this point but looking back I think it failed the Bechdel test There were scenes of women talking about subjects other than men but they were not both named a decent amount of the Spartans were female Having been a fan of the game since the early days of LAN parties in high school I was excited to pick up this book It also helps that one of the creators of the game also wrote the story The tactile feeling of a pulp novel was really funWhat the story does well is that it does provide an origin of landfall on Alpha Centauri but at the same time it s focused on just a few factions There is no concentration on what exactly happened on Earth to cause the launch of the life boat happened on Earth to cause the launch of the life boat AC For some the focus on the Peacekeepers the Spartians and the Gians might not be enough However with the size of the book and the point of the plot it makes it just big enough to concentrate on this tale While some of the battle details can tend to run a bit long there is a story arc that carries through that makes the ending very impactful The characters who exhibit different ideals within the game mechanics are consistent and while they struggle at times it s nice to see consistency in the charactersI m not sure this would be as enjoyable if you haven t played the games but the story does stand on its own You can get the game on Good Old Games GOGcom if you re looking for some classic turn based strategy gaming I would recommend the book on top of the game Final Grade Lonial factions are scattered across the surface of the planet As the Unity surviviors struggle to rebuild human civilization on this strange and mysterious alien world old tensions resurface and one man sets in motion forces that may destroy any dream of a lasting peac. This book was terrible I uit about halfway through despite being a huge fan of the game The writing was cardboard the characters were vacant and the adventure was sucked clean out I got it used on
for 001 and001 and my money back Do something else with your time Centauri Dawn by Michael ElyEveryone nows me to be a bit of a nerd So when I heard there was a book trilogy based off one of my favorite games I decided to check it out There are only two parts I don t like 1 It doesn t tell much about the alien ecosystem 2 My favorite character doesn t really do anythingThat s just me Everything else is great I won t spoil the ending but let me tell you it s pretty good A lot of people hated it but I enjoyed the ending I have never played the video game on which this book is based Alpha Centauri nor its famous predecessor Civilization This probably hampered my enjoyment Though you do not need to be familiar with the games to understand the plot I suspect that anyone not obsessed with the game will feel much the way I did meh Basically Earth is tearing apart itself with war so a colony ship is sent off to another planet It breaks up in space and each pod holding roughly one thousand people and one leader lands on a different part of the planet The leaders are the diplomat the warrior the farmer hippy the economist the professor and two others I can t recall just now Anyway they each found their own groups following their personal philosophies thus creating large numbers of walking stereotypes The warriors who call themselves Spartans natch are the most grievous offense here obsessing over honor and battle even than your average Kling on They are not in the least bit sympathetic fighting the other groups for no reason than they feel like least bit sympathetic fighting the other groups for no reason than they feel like The author makes some weak attempts at motive but it s not convincing In short this is not something I would recommend to a lover of science fictionor to anyone in fact except those who simply cannot get enough of the Alpha Centauri universe Sid Meier s Alpha Centauri remains one of the most critically acclaimed PC games ever and was unusual for a 4X game in that it hada story Naturally it had a backstory a colony ship divided by assassination sorting itself into ideological groups in conflict with one another all exploring an alien world but as the player progressed in the game expanding his respective faction he learned about the planet and specifically how its organisms were part of a collective consciousness The novel series presumably puts all that in book form but this first only explores the first decade or so of life on Chiron as tension between the factions breaks out into war The principle factions here #are the UN Peacekeepers and the Spartans and the novel ends with the Spartans launching an #the UN Peacekeepers and the Spartans and the novel ends with the Spartans launching an on the UN H to recover materials from the Unity ship that it alleges they stole from a Spartan scoutning party Absent the SMAC connection it s just light SF combat on an alien planet I thought the premise was good which is why I decided to read the book After a forty year journey from an Earth left teetering on the brink of nuclear Armageddon the United Nations colonial Starship Unity reaches the lone habitable planet orbiting Alph Centauri's primary star bringing with it the hope of a new beginning for the human race. .
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Ut I did get weary of the endless battle scenes Since this book was based on a video game it makes sense that there are a lot of battle scenes of course just not uite my cup of tea Also I thought that #the character development was lacking probably not the most well written book I ve read I really #character development was lacking probably not the most well written book I ve read I really this book a lot It was written by an acuaintance of my husband based on a computer game that they helped make This is the first of the trilogy and I think the strongest The central theme of this first book apart from colonizing a new planet was peace and family and personal stability These are themes that I find strike very close to home for me Ok full disclosure I was crying for the last 10 pages of the book and probably a good 5 minutes after that too maybe i m just a that too Maybe I m just a I bought the Alpha Centauri PC game way back in the late 90s The addiction that fueled late nights than I care to admit echoes well after that last turn and I ve played it at least once a year since While I appreciate the great lengths the game went through to personalize the experience the voiceovers can only carry you so far On this latest playthrough over 12 years after the game was released I thought it would be fun to take the next step Centauri Dawn does a pretty good job getting that doneA little background for anyone unfamiliar with the game Humanity teetering on the edge of apocalypse sends out a colonization mission to the Alpha Centauri system The mission launches under the United Nations banner but as the ship arrives at the new world the colonists fragment along ideological lines Each faction grabs a landing pod makes planetfall and establishes their own baseCentauri Dawn follows the United Nations Peacekeepers as they try to reunite humanity under the original charter While they have some success with the a few of the factions the remnants of the ship s security forces the Spartans have different plansIn the opening act you get a good feel for Pravin Lal and Corazon Santiago leaders of the UN Peacekeepers and Spartans respectively You see his idealism and her militarism as they deal with the difficulties of life on the new world The limited resources dangerous native life and brutal decisions pay homage to some of the game s conventions from a player s perspective one can plausibly imagine these scenes playing out as you decide to build up your base instead of creating a military unitWhile Lal Santiago and the other faction leaders are stars in the game the book makes Lal s son Jahn the protagonist After an early skirmish with the Believers faction he is made commander of the Peacekeeper forces and is put to the test after diplomatic relations with the Spartans go southIt s this conflict with the Spartans particularly their assault on the Peacekeeper s primary base that takes up a good third of the book and most of what happens before just sets up the conflict The action moves along at a good clip as the tide swings back and forth Ground is gained and lost characters win and lose and die As a player you can. Hope turns to ashes when on final approach to the new world a mysterious malfunction damages the ship triggering a crisis that results in the death of the captain and a rash of infighting over the ship's undamaged colony pods The Unity breaks apart in space and seven co.