Slow Train to Arcturus

by Eric Flint, Dave Freer
Release date: September 26, 2008
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fictionspace opera

The planet Miran had sent a spaceship to rendezvous with the enormous vessel that was approaching their star system. The vessel’s design was odd — a multitude of separate globular habitats in a framework — and most of the alien team that entered one of the habitats were slaughtered by savage creatures called “humans.” One alien had barely managed to escape to another habitat where the humans were more friendly, if rather technologically backward. But he needed to get back to his spaceship, and he would need one human’s help to do that.

They would have to travel through several more habitats, each one isolated from the other, each with its own bizarre dangers and customs. And friendliness toward strangers was not one of those customs...

(updated 2016-11-30)

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