New O’Brien novel—Voyage to Alpha Centauri


Set eighty years in the future, this new novel by Michael D. O’Brien is about an expedition sent from the planet Earth to Alpha Centauri, the star closest to our solar system. The Kosmos, a great ship that the central character Neil de Hoyos describes as a “flying city”, is immense in size and capable of more than half light-speed. Hoyos is a Nobel Prize winning physicist who has played a major role in designing the ship.

Hoyos has signed on as a passenger because he desires to escape the seemingly benign totalitarian government that controls everything on his home planet. He is a skeptical and quirky misanthropic humanist with old tragedies, loves, and hatreds that are secreted in his memory. The surprises that await him on the voyage—and its destination—will shatter all of his assumptions and point him to a true new horizon.

Science fiction and fantasy literature are genres that have become dominant forces in contemporary worldwide culture. Fascinated by the near-angelic powers of new technology, we enjoy its benefits but rarely reflect on its potential for obsession and catastrophe. This book explores vital questions about human nature and the cosmos, about man’s image of himself and where he is going—and why he seeks to go there.

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