The Big Jump

The Big Jump Second Ace printing first as a single volume All signs pointed to the fact that no human could come back alive from Barnard s Star Something elusive beyond comprehension existed out there something

  • Title: The Big Jump
  • Author: Leigh Brackett
  • ISBN: 9780441076833
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Paperback
  • Second Ace printing first as a single volume All signs pointed to the fact that no human could come back alive from Barnard s Star Something elusive, beyond comprehension, existed out there something that was a perpetual bait, a perpetual trap But Arch Comyn knew he had to join tht second fated mission For somehwere beyond the veil of the Transuranae lay the answerSecond Ace printing first as a single volume All signs pointed to the fact that no human could come back alive from Barnard s Star Something elusive, beyond comprehension, existed out there something that was a perpetual bait, a perpetual trap But Arch Comyn knew he had to join tht second fated mission For somehwere beyond the veil of the Transuranae lay the answer to the question that was important than life to him.

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    1. This book works best in the way it builds up a sense of foreboding and dread, so although undeniably science fiction, I added a "horror" tag to it as well. While not frightening or terrifying, it does build up quite palpable suspense and tension. The plot's premise is that something went awry on the first interstellar space voyage, and while one survivor returned, none of the rest of the crew made it back home and the lone survivor is terribly poisoned.In fact, in one small scene, there's even a [...]

    2. Great action packed pulp sf adventure but let down by some sloppy writing early on (random head hopping, dialogue clearly attributed to the wrong person etc.). Also much of the motivation and execution (particularly early on) was rather implausible. So rather mixed feeling on that one.

    3. A fairly short book, it is a bit of a noir-style science fiction novel, with respect to characterization and description, if not actual plot, making the book feel rather dated.

    4. It reminds me of a cross between Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination and the movie Event Horizon, with maybe a little bit of the Walking Dead thrown in for atmosphere. And, for some reason, I keep visualizing Charlize Theron as Sydna. One thing that really dated the writing was the use of "gay", "fey" and "queer" in their original context rather than as slurs. Otherwise, the concepts didn't seem all that dated, just the style of writing.Some of the text wrappe [...]

    5. Proof positive that detective noir and 50s Sci-Fi shouldn't mix. The thing that disappointed me most was the main characted Arch Comyn was such an unlikable character that showed little regard for his fellow man, and more than a little selfishness when trying to get his own way, including steam-rollering over anyone who had a differing opinion and putting everone's lives in danger to achieve his goals.

    6. One of my favourite sci-fi books. It is hard for me to describe the issues mentioned in this book, but some of it mentions how we can live without violence. It was very confusing but I recommend it to those who like books with a strange conspiracy fueling a mans desire to find out what happened to his friend who went on a scientific mission and didn't really come back.

    7. Following a rumor that a survivor has returned from the first expedition to another star by jump drive, the story's hero gets mixed up in the pulp equivalent of a bad _Dallas_ episode for 75 pages or so, after which a semi-decent but very ordinary SF story unfolds about what kept most of the expedition members from returning.

    8. Compelling protagonist with a unique and interesting "threat" to motivate the plot. Brackett's writing is probably the absolute tightest of her generation of Sci-Fi and fantasy novelists, it's a pity she isn't appreciated as much as she should be.

    9. This was not great science fiction.It is never really explained what "the big jump" is -- you just have to guess it implies going to a star and back. Creatures encountered are not well described either.

    10. Interesting novella about interstellar travel, inhibition, and the quest for power. The slightly noir feel of the first half is abandoned once the interstellar voyage begins, which is too bad - that was my favourite part of the novella.

    11. One of the first science fiction books I ever read and still a favourite. I have several copies in case one wears out!

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