Ahoy there mateys! I received this sci-fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .
walking to aldebaran (Adrian Tchaikovsky)
Title: walking to aldebaran
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Publication Date: TODAY !!! (hardback/e-book)
I have been meaning to try Adrian Tchaikovsky’s work for ages now, so when I saw this beautiful cover I took a chance. Turns out this 140 page story deals with first contact through the dark humor of Gary the astronaut.
An alien rock was discovered out in Oort Cloud and Gary was one of the astronauts sent to explore this amazing find. Of course disaster strikes and Gary is separated from his team and is lost inside the artifact. The story is told from alternating sections of Gary’s present and Gary’s perspective on the discovery of the artifact and how he ended up in his predicament. The problem? Gary seems a just a bit insane.
I actually really enjoyed Gary’s unreliable narration. It did take me a minute to get absorbed into the story because Gary’s modus operandi is a rather scattered approach of putting his thoughts together. But I wanted desperately to know more about the artifact and how it works. So I kept reading and found that I loved following Gary on his rather desperate journey. I was both entertained and horrified by poor Gary.
Turns out there are way more questions than answers. Also the physics of place kinda hurt me noggin. But I very much enjoyed the expedition and the silly ending. This was fun. I will certainly be picking up more works by Adrian Tchaikovsky in the future. Arrrr!
Side note: “Aldebaran” from the title is the fourteenth brightest star in our sky and is known as the “Eye of Taurus.” The name derives from the Arabic for “the follower.” Cool!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
My name is Gary Rendell. I’m an astronaut. When they asked me as a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said, “astronaut, please!” I dreamed astronaut, I worked astronaut, I studied astronaut.
I got lucky; when a probe sent out to explore the Oort Cloud found a strange alien rock and an international team of scientists was put together to go and look at it, I made the draw.
I got even luckier. When disaster hit and our team was split up, scattered through the endless cold tunnels, I somehow survived.
Now I’m lost, and alone, and scared, and there’s something horrible in here.
Lucky, lucky, lucky.
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