The Explorer by James Smythe

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It is to James Smythe's credit, then, that his new novel manages to pay its respects to the conventions of the astronaut-in-peril genre while still doing something new, and memorable, with it.
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When journalist Cormac Easton is selected to document the first mannedmission into deep space, he dreams of securing his place in history asone of humanity's great explorers.

But in space, nothing goes according to plan.

The crew wake from hypersleep to discover their captain dead in his allegedlyfail-proof safety pod. They mourn, and Cormac sends a beautifully written eulogyback to Earth. The word from ground control is unequivocal: no matter whathappens, the mission must continue.

But as the body count begins to rise, Cormac finds himself alone and spiralingtoward his own inevitable death . . . unless he can do something to stop it.

 

About James Smythe

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A native of London, James Smythe holds a Ph.D. from Cardiff University. He has taught creative writing and is currently writer/narrative designer for a major forthcoming video game. He lives on the grounds of a boarding school in West Sussex. Folow him on twitter @jpsmythe.
 
Published January 2, 2013 by Harper Voyager. 273 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Adam Roberts on Jan 18 2013

It is to James Smythe's credit, then, that his new novel manages to pay its respects to the conventions of the astronaut-in-peril genre while still doing something new, and memorable, with it.

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