Containment [Christian Cantrell, William Dufris] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As Earth’s ability to support human life begins to diminish. Containment (Containment, book 1) by Christian Cantrell – book cover, description, publication history. Cantrell’s debut takes a technically detailed, hard-SF look at possible planetary colonization of Venus. Arik is part of Generation V (for Venus).
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Nov 25, Lars rated it chriwtian it Shelves: There wasn’t vast amounts of dialogue but liked what there was, but there was an awful lot of set up and description and sometimes during these chapters, my thoughts did wander.
The toll of 5 centuries of modern society has irreversibly degraded the Earth. He cannot be contained or curtailed as he was designed to solve impossible problems. James Dashner could certainly take some notes on how it’s done here to improve his own programming descriptions in The Eye of Minds and The Rule of Thoughtsalthough Dashner is much better at action. There were some annoyances with it, some frustrations, but on the whole it tried to redeem itself by the end.
As Earth’s ability to support human life diminishes, the Global Space Cantfell is formed with a single mandate: What Arek found would forever change his life and ultimately the lives of everyone in V1. The main focus of the book is Arik himself, but the peripheral characters are detailed just enough to give a sense of the society and culture that exists within the colony.
This makes it very difficult to figure out which timeline is being told in a particular chapter, similar to what my friend Chip said in his review. Chridtian style nuts and bolts science fiction story with a premise that didn’t make sense why start space colonization on Venus? Fans of classic SciFi books.
Containment (Children of Occam #1) by Christian Cantrell
I had high hopes for this novel and just ended up chucking it to the side in disgust. Chapter headings that read…”The History of V1, Part 1: I do think it felt matter of fact, and to the point, but I appreciated that.
Instead, its flaws weigh it down to little more than mediocre. Because it is over the weight limit, the freighter does not have enough fuel to slow it down before it lands. The drawback with fusion is that it takes an incredibly strong electromagnetic field to force atoms together, which would require a massive amount of energy. Or was this leading to the tiredest cliche revelation ever? When planning for the first generation of humans born in V1, administration makes the inexplicable decision to allow as many people as possible to be born, safety margins be damned.
Since the colony’s environmental systems cannot safely support any increases in population, Arik immediately resumes his work on AP, or artificial photosynthesis, in order to save the life of his unborn child. Venus, being almost the same mass as Earth, is chosen over Mars as humanity’s first permanent steppingstone into the universe. I often found it difficult to tell if I was reading about Arik in the present or if it was his past until some detail pages into the chapter clarified the setting.
But as with most geniuses hearing the word no is just and extra incentive to do what he wants to anyways.
The nature of the accident itself is a long time in reveal, with Cantrell trying to build christiqn to it. In between chapters set in the present and flashbacks to the past, there are chapters consisting solely of infodumps about the colony and its history.
It looked like they had the best lifestyle there containemnt opposed to what they might find in the real world. What drama there is, it seems to be swept under the carpet for convenience’s sake. A lot of the characters were effectively just placeholders but the two actual characters of Arik and his best friend Cam were okay.
Won’t stay in my mind for a long time. Oct 16, Jeannie Mancini rated it really liked it. Yet, not all that far away where he is growing his plants there are near normal air readings. There is cantrlel some philosophy of technology tucked into the story in a very non-infodumpy way.
Overall though this is well worth a read for fans of the genre, and may even ensnare the odd newcomer. I found myself flipping through the pages containmwnt every detailed explicative moment of Containment. So much of the action and planning in the book “was done” or “had thought”.
Even Arik comes off a bit like an automaton. Sep 06, Gabe rated it did not like it Shelves: