- Title: To Escape the Stars
- Author: Robert Hoskins
- ISBN: 9780345258564
- Page: 399
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
Paperback original novel, first of two Del Rey printings Robert Hoskins 1933 1993 was an American science fiction writer This is the second of three science fiction adventure novels he wrote which comprise his Stars trilogy the others are Master of the Stars 1976 and To Control the Stars 1977 All take place in a future where ancient stargates are used tPaperback original novel, first of two Del Rey printings Robert Hoskins 1933 1993 was an American science fiction writer This is the second of three science fiction adventure novels he wrote which comprise his Stars trilogy the others are Master of the Stars 1976 and To Control the Stars 1977 All take place in a future where ancient stargates are used to transport between worlds an idea perhaps serving as inspiration for the 1994 movie and later TV series From the back cover Just how far would a money loving freesailer go to find the master key to every planet in the galaxy And how would he get back when freesailer, plunderer James Oregas and his beautiful business partner set out to bilk the unsuspecting denizens of the backwater planet Llango it got complicated when Jamas, who knew the ins and out of stargates was doublecrossed and had to disappear and fast, it moved into high gear when Jamas landed on Prime a repository planet of galactic history and learned of a mysterious lost race that held the master key to all the stargates for all the worlds when Jamas himself decided to scour the galaxy, looking for that long lost race, following a trail that would lead him to power beyond his wildest dreams if he somehow managed to stay alive
Recent Comments "To Escape the Stars"
Well, this was a strange one. It began with little character development or exposition, leaving me to believe it is part of some long-forgotten book series, although it turned out to be a self-contained story. The novel quickly propels itself into the machinations of a conniving, amoral conman and the stubby inhabitants of a planet he is bent on screwing over for their petroleum this section included a bunch of economic prattle, which (along with this storyline) was thankfully neglected to make [...]
The book had three parts and each part was disconnected from each other. The build up in each part was not followed through with any type of conclusion. It was fun to read a book from the 1970's because it had the texture of that decade, and it was curious to read one of the early uses of Star Gates, but overall the book was disappointing and unsatisfying. I'd only recommend it to people who have a soft spot for SciFi from the 1970's.
I don't read much sci-fi any more, but figured I would enjoy a quick escape read in this. However, if it had not been so short, I would not even have finished it. Wretched writing, silly, dated characters, shallow premise, and nothing thought-provoking.
Definitely a dated story. 'Twas ok, but not on par with today's stories
1980 grade B
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