In a similar vein to a Dick or Heinlein short story, particularly the beginning in regard of Dick's short story premise to The Impossible Planet, I found The One taking similar ideas and expanding them into a thrilling plot. The voice of BJ kept me interested throughout with his general knowledge and interpretation of the harder scientific elements, several of which I'm still wrapping my head around, and his exploits. The Terraformed planets were what made me the most interested and made my little pessimistic about mankind's ability to do this ourselves in the future. The story took a strange turn into the strange nearer to end by adding a fated element that I didn't quite feel suited the story up to that point but other than that it was an enjoyable maiden cruise of the stars. Notsoaverage mechanic/troubleshooter BJ Armstrong finds himself in extraordinary circumstances the moment he stops the mayor’s toilets from becoming geysers. Winning a free, allexpensespaid trip to tour the Solar System on a beautiful luxury spaceliner in the company of a beauty pageant and the System’s top experts in terraforming and exobiology would be enough for anyone... but that’s just the start!
Inexplicable accidents, a perfect dance partner, tours to worlds being customfit for humankind, pirates (pirates?!), and a very helpful computer all feature in this romp through the solar system in a future notsofar from now. It’s a space tour, it’s a love story, it’s a mystery, it’s a adventure! Strap on your spacesuit for the trip of a lifetime.
If you are looking for an oldschool SciFi read in the tradition of Heinlein, Asimov, or Clarke, you need look no further than Eric Klein’s The One: A Cruise Through the Solar System. The Year Is 2152: Follow BJ Armstrong As He Helps To Unravel A Murder Plot, Foil The Biggest Heist In History, While On A Cruise Of Our Solar System Along With A Beauty Pageant, And Scientific Symposium.
But Can He Get The Girl? This is a love story between Fay and BJ who meet on the LSS Venture. This was an interesting story. It was like Pirates of the Caribbean in space, with a bit of Miss Congeniality.
I liked the various pictures that were included throughout the story.
The references to modern day people, movies like Star Wars, and books. It seemed like our present was altered.
I liked the storyline and the relationship between Fay and BJ Armstrong.
There was a lot of telling. At times it felt like an educational book because of the detail put into informing the reader.
Too many characters were introduced toward the beginning.
I didn't feel like there was enough emotional depth. It seemed to be missing smell, sound, and taste? What did places smell like, sound like? Warning: Classic scifi ‘infodump’
The author has done his research in presenting this offering. The travels of the protagonistBJon his solar system holiday provide a vehicle, not only for his adventure/mystery/romance storyline but also to impart a huge amount of historical/technological information and speculation on the future possibilities of science, including the fascinating terraforming our neighbouring worlds. This follows a style of classic scifi where imparting information is at least as important as story.
Exposition on this scale is not for the light reader. To make the most of this book you'll need to be prepared to take your time and absorb the data provided, possibly referring to the extensive resources in the appendices as you go.
For me, I found the plot a bit simplisticmore of a spacerompbut I think this may have been an intentional homage to the specific subtype of the genre. The attention to detail in the factual sections overflowed into the narrative, making the delivery dry at times and hampering the pace.
I recommend this for any hardcore scifi fans out there whose hearts quicken when presented with detailed technical schematics.
Review of The One by Eric Klein
The maiden voyage of the epitome of luxury cruise liners and this one is interplanetary not ocean going. Add to this a collection of most beautiful women in the solar system, all the experts from the field of terraforming and the cherry on the top, a free first class ticket for a trip around the settled worlds and colonies. Our hero has to be one of the luckiest men on Earth.
This is a speculation of what man may achieve in the not too distant future and the Science Fiction stays relatively close to current fact and research. It is also a romance and a thriller which spans the habitable parts of our home star system. You do not need to be a tech nerd to enjoy this book as the author is generous with the background and explanation of the technology and soon you will be as comfortable as the main characters with everyday life on board a luxury space cruiser.
The story moves at a pleasing pace with enough surprises to keep the interest high and in most cases, the background information doesn’t interfere with the narrative.
So welcome aboard for the trip of a lifetime and unlike the passengers you don’t even have to put up with the petty bureaucracy of immigration and passport control.
The One: A Cruise Through the Solar System has a surprisingly descriptive title. The tale follows protagonist BJ Armstrong on a miraculously consequential tour of the colonized solar system as what was meant to be a relaxing vacation becomes an unexpected adventure. A fast developing romance, sinister machinations, interplanetary rebels and unexpected enemies all play a part in BJ’s story as he discovers that he really is The One, fated to repeatedly be in exactly the right place at exactly the right time.
The structure and storytelling evoke science fiction classics of the pre1960 era, but the science and social mores have been updated for the modern day. These were my favorite aspects of the tale; in particular, it’s obvious that a lot of research went into the creation of the terraformed worlds BJ visits.
If I had one complaint, it’s that The One feels like a story with a sharp twist in store for the reader–but that abrupt right turn never quite materializes. Nevertheless, it’s a fun, nostalgic read for fans of early science fiction storytelling. Author Eric Klein does a great job in his debut novel, 'The One'. Not only does he recreate the atmosphere of the 50s science fiction novels of my youth, but he adds in a novellong mystery.
Main character BJ improbably wins a lottery prize which is an allexpenses paid tour of the Solar System. Along the way, more improbable accidents and deliverances occur and the reader is left half wondering what's going on. This is while Klein delivers descriptions of the technology and society and world in his novel.
On the ship are also Miss Universe contestants and a science symposium, leading to many amusing, ironic, and romantic encounters. Eric Klein does not fail to include homages and Easter eggs alluding to the luminaries of the Golden Age of science fiction as well.
The action increases to the end. Some plot threads are resolved, while others are left for the second volume, 'The Two'.
Add in a romance and there's plenty going on in this novel to satisfy the reader. All the hallmarks of a luxury space cruise come together in Eric Klein’s “The One: A Cruise Through the Solar System”. Reminiscent of the 1997 SciFi cult classic film, The Fifth Element starring Bruce Willis, “The One” rockets its main character, BJ Armstrong… (Any relation to firstmanonthemoon Neil? Maybe!) … from one celestial body to another as he’s sent on a grand tour of the solar system in our notsodistant future.
Speaking of BJ… Despite the man’s humble roots as a humble janitor turned Lottery ticket winner, Klein injects this affable personality with charm, grace, wit, and a touch of the debonair (Can anyone hold their glass up and say, “Armstrong... BJ Armstrong.”?) as he quickly gambles his way toward a sizable sum, dances it up like Fred Astaire (or, if you prefer, Gene Kelly), and comes out the shiningbutbashful hero when he justsohappensto save the Captain’s life twice in one day! Of course, there is always the gratitude and interest of the Captain’s daughter to add to his treasure trove of fortunate happenstances.
Klein’s futuristic plotline is a fastpaced, sometimes bulletstyle narrative that moves quickly from one scene to the next and his attention to detail in “The One” is commendable. “The One: A Journey Through the Solar System” is one book in which readers will find a copious amount of knowledge—a virtual library, if you will—in just a few short pages. The amount of research incorporated in this novel is impressive—a staggering review of Science, History, and Trivia parceled out by various characters who guide their charges and direct the flow of tourist traffic between stops. In addition, Klein has added visual aids such as maps, ship menus, and rosters, not to mention applicable quotes, both historical and manufactured, that apply to each chapter throughout his novel. These prompts completely immerse readers in the experiences of his highlylikable main character’s journey through the planets before the author finally concludes his epic with rosters of his cast of characters and actual, reallife references to the historical and scientific data contained in this story.
This novel could well qualify as a History of Space Travel course if it wasn’t for the fact that it is, indeed, a novel. Unfortunately, much of Klein’s documentation may be lost on the more casual reader who may decide to forego these lengthy and detailed lessons since their extensive narratives come across as a bit dry and sonorous by the time the midpoint of this story comes around. In the end, however, Science geeks and whodoneit fans who take the time to check out all the references and factoids will appreciate every bit of background Klein’s read has to offer.
Overall “The One” is a fun, fascinating, and thoughtprovoking space adventure filled with historical trivia, adventure, mystery, suspense, humor, and even a touch of romance. Scifi fans and spacehistory buffs will not be disappointed by this read.
There’s a ton of really interesting science facts that got me wrapped up early on! I happened to know one of them before the read, too! Cilantro is a heavy metal detoxifier. Common knowledge if you live with someone who spurts nutritional biochemistry knowledge, or if you are planning on colonizing another part of the solar system. All the near future colonization stuff besides that food trivia that left me hankering for guacamole was also very interesting. Klein really did his homework.
Hang on there! I know what you’re thinking. Ughh. Hard Scifi is only for when I have trouble sleeping. Facts are dull. Not The One! It’s actually got a story, too.
BJ is a super tech guy in the future who finishes saving the city’s AI and is rewarded with a cruise through the solar system. His first trip off world. Then he meets the ship Captain’s daughter and things get steamy. Our hero leaps at the opportunity to help figure out who’s trying to kill the Captain all while touring the worlds and moons we are likeliest to inhabit in the next couple hundred years.
I got a review copy from the author because I really dig his publishing company. I’m under no obligation to review, but I just can’t help myself! Plus, I like to build the Science Fantasy Hub, come on over after you’ve read The One, and we can rap about other books.
Aside from space stuff and the dirt on parsley’s feisty cousin, there’s are also quite a bit of trivia on classic films and music. I recommend this for anyone interested in science, scifi, trivia, the original King Kong film, or if you are waiting to hear back from Space X’s recruiting department.
I am a lifelong science fiction and fantasy reader, but have always enjoyed those stories that show how the science and technology affect people’s lives.
I write straight science fiction and came in 6th in the Geek and Sundry Hard Science Fiction contest on Inkshares.
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