Read this straight through in one evening. A realistic, near-future take on mankind's first off-earth colony, and a great visualization of the topography, flora and fauna of a planet other than earth.
Interesting construction, too, in that all of the chapters are short stories that were published first in Asimov's Science Fiction and one in an anthology of sf short fiction. This results in the stories being told in the different voices of the different colonists, the colony ship's commander, various adult colonists and two teens. (more…)