When he spoke, condescension laced the words, burning beneath the gentility. Yet for all its strength, it was a hesitant voice. Here was a creature unaccustomed to speech, confused by its nuances. The spirit regarded us, and its gaze fell last of all upon me. A blight that feigns life as a wolf.
Gyre bared her black teeth at the spindly revenant and snapped her jaws once. Touch me and die. The thing spoke again in its unpleasantly inhuman tones. Gyre threw back her head and howled, issuing a challenge between the two spirits.
I ran my fingers through her dark fur. The wraithly priest extended bone-thin fingers, gesturing to the others gathering around my throne. Why are you here, men of flesh and blood and bone? A pack of them were crying out in pain as they took up defensive positions. Whatever this thing was, its presence was hurting them. Hold your fire, I sent to them, honestly unsure if they would obey. The question made it hesitate once more.
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It seemed to struggle with everything we asked, as though we spoke an unfamiliar tongue. Within each inhalation, I heard the roar of faraway fire. Every exhalation resonated with the muted sounds of distant screams. The Solar Priest linked his thin fingers in his lap. I am His will rendered in silent light, sent forth to guide a billion vessels home. I am what remains of the Emperor now that His body is dead and His mind is dying. It is a death that may take an eternity, but it will come. And then I will fall silent with His final thought. I could feel the ache suffered by the mutants and human crew, now.
I could feel my nose beginning to bleed. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Beginning by Paul Vincent. Classic science fiction that will appeal to fans of Arthur C. Astronomicon: The Beginning follows the human race's intrepid first steps into interstellar space, a colonisation mission to Proxima Centauri.
The colossal distance and harsh environment are not all that stand between 3 Space craft, colonists, 25 trillion miles and a discovery that changes everything. The colossal distance and harsh environment are not all that stand between them and survival. This first volume in the epic Astronomicon series is the story of their desperate adventures and the political machinations that are unfolding back on Earth, which threaten to end space exploration permanently.
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More filters. Sort order. May 16, J. Dobias rated it really liked it Shelves: shelf It has an interesting premiss that brings it close to notions captured in the novel Space Odyssey. But it starts out more like some typical first expedition chronicle. What I found difficult to swallow was the large cast of characters that are there in that hazy area characters get stuck in when dealing with a horror novel that promises to have a lot of scares and thrills.
In a way it's fitting The Beginning Astronomicon by Paul Vincent I found this novel or set of novels to be entertaining. In a way it's fitting that this is like a horror novel since the Astronomicon seems to derive out of the fictional term Necronomicon created by a horror classic great H. So the first novel or part of this novel involves a long slow journey across a desolate cold planet woven together like a sort of mix of Eiger Sanction by Trevanian and Treasure of the Sierra Madre by B.
We start out on the Elysian-a vessel that will take a group of settlers of around 60 people to Proxima 3 around Proxima Centauri in the Alpha Centauri System 4. Everyone will be in stasis-frozen- for the thirteen year flight at speeds close to the speed of light. There will be three other ships headed out each for a different location.
What is not really made clear is the reason mankind has chosen to send colonists that far and why split them up and why such a small number of settlers. The last might be explained in that there are more ships planned for later although you would think that if they were to be totally committed to this it would be cost effective to send as many as they can and send supplies in other ships. But you would also think they would concentrate on one planet at a time. So to spice things ups and just like with the Jupiter 2 there is the threat of possible terrorist who want the missions to fail.
These take the form of religious zealots-of course.