Voyage to Alpha Centauri (book review)

The Movie Snob hasn’t been getting out to the movies, so here’s another book review:

Voyage to Alpha Centauri, by Michael D. O’Brien (Ignatius Press 2013).  So what is Ignatius Press, reliable publisher of orthodox Catholic books, doing publishing this great big doorstop of a sci-fi novel?  Well, because it has a lot of religion in it (of course).  In the fairly near future, man has figured a way to build a spaceship capable of going more than half the speed of light.  That puts Alpha Centauri, the star nearest to us, within striking distance—if you’re up for a voyage that will take nine years going out and nine years coming back.  Anyhoo, the story is told from the perspective of one passenger on the giant spaceship that is built to make the voyage.  There are lots of religious and philosophical asides, and there is also a lot of commentary on the surveillance state.  It reminded me of C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength a little bit.  It’s a weird book, but interesting and definitely different.

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