...And the Stars Will Sing

...And the Stars Will Sing In The Far Future, Travel Is Made Possible By Controlled Wormholes Made In The Fabric Of Space Time Crystal, A Young Woman Freshly Graduated From University, Finds Herself On Her First Job Aboard The Base Ship Crossing Paths Workplace Politics And A Romance Make It Complicated The Last Thing She Needs Are The Frightening Errors Beginning To Crop Up On Her Maps

Michelle Browne is a sci fi fantasy writer from Lethbridge, AB She has a cat and a partner in crime Her days revolve around freelance editing, jewelry, phuquerie, and nightmares She is currently working on the next books in her series, other people s manuscripts, and drinking as much tea as humanly possible.

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  • ...And the Stars Will Sing
  • Michelle Browne
  • English
  • 22 August 2019

10 thoughts on “...And the Stars Will Sing

  1. says:

    Wormholes, aliens, and space pirates, need I say I met the author Michelle Browne in my social media ramblings She s a snarky, interesting girl, which pretty much describes her writing.I have read A LOT of sci fi novels and short stories I subscribe to Analog magazine and enjoy every issue of it This novella could easily have been a miniseries in Analog It s top notch sci fi She has an easy flowing narrative style in first person, essentially a woman s diary of her unusual work assignment aboard a wormhole mapping space vessel.As the plot unfolds, the vessel receives a series of threatening messages from an unnamed source The threat If they continue their work on wormholes in that sector, they ll pay the price with their lives The mapping isn t going well, unexplainable wormhole anomalies pop up where they shouldn t be Something is definitely not right Amidst this setting, our heroine is falling in love with a coworker, very much against ship regulations Overall, it was a very interesting, creative, and entertaining read My inner sci fi nerd crept out from under its shell to smile.I found it fascinating they actually map out and create or repair wormholes through space for interstellar highways And the various different alien races that interact, sharing meals, relating to one another, bridging massive gaps of culture and language to find common ground.My only complaint is that it should have been longer I would really like to see a full length novel of this quality sci fi from Michelle Browne.

  2. says:

    Originality It s what first sucked me into the Harry Potter series and it s what sucked me into And the Stars Will Sing Upon starting JK Rowling s now hugely famous series no one had heard of it back then I was struck by how Rowling had managed to invent so many new and fresh ideas, names and incidents in a genre that I thought had been mined dry Michelle Browne has pulled off the exact same magic no pun intended with her debut novella, And the Stars Will Sing I was immediately impressed by the fact that she just lays out her world as if we re all as familiar with it as we are with Star Wars and Star Trek And despite the plethora of alien names, races, planets, star ships and fantastically futuristic tech those two giants of Sci Fi have flooded the world with, Browne has invented her own brilliant and fresh canon It s nothing short of pure genius of invention, and in reading it, one comes to believe that Browne knows all about wormholes and the technology of future space travel, and one starts to believe that all this could well be real some day At the same time she somehow manages to channel the hard SF of Asimov, Pournelle and Niven while also including a touch of the fantastical elements of CJ Cherryh and Piers Anthony And all this clever blending is presented in Browne s own unique Young Adult diary style writing Without revealing any of the plot, there are also two nicely subtle instances in which the book s title is incorporated into the story and one thinks ah, now I get it and it s really cool So no matter your age, if you enjoy hard SF and space operas alike, and want to take a quick trip to the farthest reaches of an unknown galaxy to discover why the stars do indeed sing, grab a copy of Michelle Browne s And the Stars Will Sing.

  3. says:

    Disappointing Good premise, but the writing is bad, and the storytelling is too hurried It felt like the author constantly had to TELL me what was going on, instead of SHOWING it

  4. says:

    An engrossing story, pulling the reader through to the conclusion with Crystal, the FP protagonist heroine.Some suspense is lost due to the choice of first person for the VP We know Crystal lives to tell the story We are not so sure about her happiness or her friends, however, and much of the suspense derives from that fact While the suspense isn t as high as it might be, it was sufficient for me to enjoy.I enjoyed all the characters, though I hoped for depth, especially for Kail, Jia and Harael That s the trade off for a short story, I suppose We get to know them enough to want to know them better, and the format doesn t facilitate that Perhaps Ms Browne will bring them to a longer story and therein, develop them .In similar vein, background on the villains would have been enjoyable, especially concerning their motivation for interfering I won t go any further in that direction for fear of spoilers it is a good story and I don t want to give anything away.While the local setting was sufficiently detailed that I felt grounded in the action, that wasn t as true for the global setting I never had a good idea what connections Crystal and her team mates were trying to make, or why I hasten to add that this is a passing complaint it was a niggling kind of question and the answer would not have affected the action.That is because the story is Crystal s her experiences at her duty station and with her team mates as they weave space back together As usual, work is insufficient to live for, we meet her romantic interests and watch friendships When the villains appear, we re ready, even though Crystal isn t.Especially in the second half, the action heats up, making it interesting, becoming a real page turner.I recommend Stars to any aficionados of science fiction incorporating romance and action.I reviewed an ARC, so can t comment on formatting, but I found no typos or spelling errors even in my copy When I raised a couple of questions to Ms Browne, she was polite enough to make a response they also won t affect your enjoyment.

  5. says:

    An Engaging and Skillfully Constructed NovellaI don t read much science fiction these days I find a lot of the books in the genre too derivative, sitting on the shoulders of the great science fiction writers of yore I particularly get frustrated with the lack of attention to basic psychology, and hence to my mind a lot of character motivations and actions have no credibility or depth to them.Sci fi novels written in the first person have an additional challenge inasmuch as the technologies and worlds described by the narrator would be familiar to them while being unfamiliar to us This presents the writer with a technical difficulty of conveying to the reader what is different to them without undermining the narrator s credibility Imagine the situation of a current day narrator describing a journey by train Exactly HOW fascinated would that person be with how the carriage was laid out or the technology of railway tracks The answer is not very, particularly if they d already travelled by train hundreds of times before.I am pleased to say that Michelle Browne handles these structural issues with apparent ease while engaging her readers in a compelling narrative along the way The descriptions of the future are handled almost as asides which is as it should be without getting in the way of the story Ms Browne s narrator, Crystal Weiss a copper haired Martian is a delightfully snarky creation Glass as she is known to her workmates is difficult, argumentative and with an offbeat sense of humour By way of a diary, Weiss records her experiences as a mapper on a deep space project to create a wormhole for interstellar travel.Without getting into spoiler territory, I will say there is plenty going on to engage the reader s attention The only nit pick I had with the storyline was a credibility issue as to why internal transporters would be left operational in a particular circumstance I m not going into detail on this, as it would give too much away.The writing style is sparse and spiky, as befits the storyteller herself.Well done, Michelle Browne And the Stars Will Sing gets my vote for novella of the year, regardless of genre.

  6. says:

    If you will like this book or not depends on whether you like the narrator s voice I didn t connect with her What I liked about the book was the explanations I got about worm hole creation I could have done with a little math here and there but understand that most people would hate that I m a freak in that respect I wa a bit sorry that the technical parts of the main character s job were often cut short probably to not bore the reader.The rest of the book was straightforward and flowed without exciting ups and downs for nearly half the book, then, the pace picks up a little Unfortunately, the author decided to write the story as diary entries which made it clear from the set up that the main character would survive That dampened the tension considerably.There was fairly little conflict during the book until the pirates invaded, and they were so dumb that they forgot conveniently about a method of transport that would work against them Also, not one of the pirates was characterized The bad guys stayed faceless which made them less effective as baddies Also, I believe that the author didn t dare to really hurt the characters she liked She choses to kill two people who are in love instead of showing us the grief of a survivor I didn t much care for the MC or the guy she fell for There was little in the area of character development.

  7. says:

    I received this book for free because of the group Read It and Reap I really liked that this book had a really interesting setting, and at first it was a bit confusing but then it all cleared the deeper you get in to the book I feel like the author could have elaborated a bit on the climax of the huge black hole I also think that there should have been some exciting ups and downs in the book I am not usually a big fan of Sci Fi, but this book was good I liked how there was some technical parts or reasons why things happened in space Also I felt as if Her relationship with Jai was kind of fast and happened out of no where The imagination to this book was endless Michelle Browne must have a huge and amazing imagination to come up with a setting, and characters this intense I would recommend this book to people who like Sci Fi with a little bit of romance and adventure.

  8. says:

    Generally speaking I enjoyed this book as a relatively quick, easy read that maintained a reasonable level of suspense Writing it in the first person as if it were the protagonist s journal was reasonably effective and could provide an excuse for the lack of detail There were quite a few characters who didn t contribute anything to the story but nonetheless it was a nice escape into the future with the technical side handled fairly well Nonetheless, the plot was a bit too predictable for my tastes.

  9. says:

    This is a wonderful book, smooth writing, strong characters, compelling science fiction landscape.I think this book is a 4 5 rating in my bookshelf, but my subjectivity played a trick on me I wanted to pick it up thanks to an impressive review, that excitedly recommended it for originality As a science fiction addict, I always have this nagging question in the back of my head how much can be said, in a book on wormholes, and with starships, and traveling faster than light That is, the field has so many yet another of the same, that it s hard to find your new aaah wow This proved among the best reading I had for a while.The novella puts a unique spin on a space story Written as a journal of Glass, in her first mission to open a wormhole, it draws us directly in the reality of the main character, and in the world she lives in It treats technology, alien relations, science theories, like common sense reality The far future world is believable, and sound, and damn fun.While the story is compelling, I had some issues believing the plot and characters I didn t quite buy the little romance between Glass and Jai, when he s coldly letting her go in a reconnaissance mission We re told he s scared, but he didn t sound to me like he s scared for her I kept waiting to find out he has some agenda of his own aboard the ship, although that s probably just me I also was confused at some point on who is talking, in a dialogue between Kial and Ruzzan With no consequence to the story, though A few of the characters are very well sketched, a few others less so I can easily identify with Glass, and Annamar has a recognizable presence, Kelna less so.The girl gossip scene felt a little rushed That is, the four girls eagerly meet during launch break, and take all the long way to the quarters, and once there, they exchange a few replies, then one of them gives the signal to go back I was amused, not bothered, it just felt like something s missing.I ve read the ebook version, and towards the end, I found a few editing issues, but they were very few and trivial.The novella is an easy, fast and pleasant read I loved the writing style, it s flowing beautifully, and that makes it a very enjoyable experience I found myself so drawn in, and at the end I agreed with the originality, and that s the charm of it This is Michelle Browne s debut novella, and a fine debut it is I know I will be looking for her next books Note I have received a copy for free, for an honest review.A closing remark, on the copy I read In the introductory acknowledgments, there s a misuse of the term copyright original photo cannot be both public domain and copyrighted by an organization Public domain is outside copyright of someone, it s either one or the other If the photo is public domain, the proper term is public domain and credit to STSci This work by Alfaniel is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  10. says:

    Note The author is my friend, but that has absolutely nothing to do with my opinion of the book or my review of it 2.5 stars. And the Stars Will Sing has all the makings of a solid 3.5 to 4 star read It has an array of interesting characters, a great setting, a cool ass plot and every opportunity to captivate its readers Even the writing is all right All the ideas and concepts introduced in this short story are downright fascinating Clearly, it could ve been amazing.In the end, where Stars failed was in the execution it s told in several journal entries from the penhand of protagonist and heroine Crystal.I have a difficult time articulating how the use of this storytelling method dampened its potential because, in truth, it s really not that bad Author Browne pulls it off pretty well, actually That being said, there was so much that could ve been explored in the story that simply didn t because to meander into such realms in a journal entry format would ultimately detract from what makes it bearable in the first place.Merit Crystal s voice sounds real for the most part , and it suits the story.Demerit Opportunities to elevate plot progression, character development, worldbuilding, etc remain unexploited and thereby leave something to be desired at the end of the book.So, damned if you do, damned if you don t, when it comes to narration.Inside its context, the characters receive hardly any distinction much less well, characterization the setting, which is rather interesting to imagine, falls to the wayside most of the time the plot seems dragged out and then rushed, the twists facile, some kinda corny and the writing just suffers.However, outside of those considerations, the bare bones and ideas behind Stars are pretty remarkable, if I say so myself There s a very evident scifi presence although the actual inclusion of it is lighthanded if a little oversimplified, as well as a surprisingly action filled ending that I enjoyed in particular.It s a good book It needs some attention and refinement, but it s an entirely enjoyable piece of work, and I ll certainly be reading from Browne in the future.Ha Get it In the future No OkayOh, and the title I dig the fuck outta that title D Luna Earth When will I ever see Earth again It s not home, not really all the smells are different, everything but I m used to seeing that bright blue star reappear every night during moonrise, watching like the motherplanet it is.

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