A dramatic foretaste of The Starchild Trilogy.
The Starchild Trilogy begins with building a Space Launch Loop enabling massive movement off Earth and subsequent settlement of Cislunar-Space, Mars, and beyond.
Slingshot is the story of the struggle behind constructing the largest machine ever built stretching between Baker and Jarvis Islands in the Equatorial Pacific, and how the men and women behind Slingshot overcome the project's physical, economic, and human obstacles.
In The Starchild Compact, a team exploring Saturn's moon Iapetus discovers it to be a derelict starship, and meets the Founders, remnants of an ancient, advanced race, the Ectarians, that arrived in the Solar System 150,000 years ago. Together, they create the Starchild Institute governed by a document they call the Starchild Compact to further develop and introduce Ectarian technology to the Solar System. Using Ectarian technology, they develop near lightspeed spacecraft, artificial wormholes, FTL starships, and human longevity.
As human colonies expand into the Solar System, they form a governing coalition: The Iapetus Federation. While a united Islam pursues a global Jihad that rages across the planet putting millions to the sword, the Federation enables an exodus from Earth using artificial wormholes. From hand-to-hand combat in the oceans, to battles on Earth's surface, to the challenge of living off-Earth and reaching for the stars, our heroes fight to survive and to expand humankind to the far reaches of the universe.
An interview by Kim Smith about the books in The Starchild Trilogy.
Williscroft was suggested to me by a friend and as I browsed his works I figured I would just go all in and get the Trilogy. I am so glad I did. I reviewed each book individually so I wont go into details, but suffice it to say that if you are looking at this item, be aware that it is not a simple trilogy. It is not the chronicle of characters set apart simply by a cover and a new name. Each novel stands alone, building on the one before it and expanding the readers experience of the authors created reality. My favorite author of all times is Ursula K Le Guin, who successfully built whole universes of people and culture. Similarly, Williscroft excels in creating his view of our near future. Technically superb, if you are a hard-core science fiction fan, you will not be disappointed with this purchase.
I am a huge fan of Science fiction. There are elements of truth, as well as elements of reality that can be found under the umbrella of Science Fiction. I was hoping that The Starchild Trilogy would be interesting. It was fascinating, beyond words! The Starchild Trilogy is very inviting, fascinating, and educational. I had the opportunity to experience an allegorical sense of possibility. The Starchild Trilogy is remarkable, especially with regards to Saturn’s moon being an artifact. What a fascinating construct and concept. The author talks about a 185 year found trip; sounds like a generational ship. This is reminiscence of the Star Trek franchise. Of the three books, Slingshot was my favorite, particularly the technological ideologies. Dr. Williscroft is ahead of his time! I will let my two teenage daughters read the trilogies, as time permits. I am sure that they will both be amazed, and satisfied. I would recommend this trilogy to anyone who loves to read, especially for the analytical, and scientific.
Science fiction often presents alternate realities or futures, events that conceivably could happen. In his trilogy, the author presents our world's greatest machine ever, one designed to launch ships into space and progresses to an Earth where the Calliphate seeks to conquer every country, no matter how small. Men establish a colony on Mars, and we learn that Saturn's moon Iapetus is really a spacecraft inhabited by aliens. Who is to say such things won't happen? Perhaps Mr. Williscroft is right. At any rate, it's all fascinating, and I found myself pulled in from the beginning by a sense of wonder. It's one hell of a page-turner.
This series follows the exploits of an intriguing cast of humans as first we make contact with an advanced race (the Ectarians) and then later we learn to live among them. In addition to hours of thoughtful entertainment and truly beautiful writing, author Williscroft also uses the narrative to explore questions of faith, religion, ultimately asking "who are we"? The many elements of science (including time travel) are based on theories that have been extensively developed by twentieth-century physicists, lending a measure of reality to this scfi tale.
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