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Delta V When itinerant cave diver James Tighe receives an invitation to billionaire Nathan Joyce's private island he thinks it must be a mistake But Tighe's uniue skill set makes him a prime candidate for Joyce's high risk venture to mine a near earth asteroid with the goal of kick starting an entire off world economy The potential rewards and personal risks are staggering but the competition is fierce and the stakes couldn't be higher Isolated and pushed beyond their breaking points Tighe and his fellow twenty first century adventurers ex soldiers former astronauts BASE jumpers and mountain climbers must rely on each other to survive not only the dangers of a multi year expedition but the harsh realities of business in space They're determined to transform humanity from an Earth bound species to a space faring one or die trying Ive read all of Suarez's books This was by far the weakest Not sure why every sci fi author try's to be Weir The Martian and add all kinds of science figures in their books in an effort to make it 'believable' This book is divided into two sections The first is a slow slog through what an astronaut training regimen might look like with many new characters thrown in none of which are really developed The second half has a pretty good story but still it just feels uite labored Its weird but you spend the entire second half with five characters and only one ever really gets fleshed out I was expecting something far better from Suarez as his previous books were blockbusters in action tech and potential In this case I hate to say this but the potential is there the execution is not If you're into stuff like this you can read the full reviewRyugu Delta V by Daniel Suarez“We will only be able to make deep space viable for humanity when the math makes sense and at the moment we’re still working that problem”In “Delta V” by Daniel SuarezI'm not sure I completely understood the economic argument for mining asteroids but the way I understand it it goes something like thisTake platinum as an example currently very rare on Earth If you can bring back platinum from space and sell it on Earth at a competitive price then it could be lucrative However the price for this sort of resource varies a lot in response to supply and demand The act of bringing back just a little bit platinum has the effect of drastically lowering the price until it is no longer economically feasible to do so Except once established this industry should be self sustaining The infrastructure raw materials and energy needed is all made up there A bit like the internet in one respect the cost of physically hosting just the web hosting part a company like on the web is negligible That's one of the reasons they are able to be so profitable For an interstellar mining company like Catalyst even if they are only making a tiny profit on everything they bring back their overheads should be so small as to be effectively nil The startup cost for them though would be ahem astronomical This can be recouped though by selling rare resources at a high price at the beginning while they are still rare There’s gold in them thar asteroidsIn the near future commercial space exploration is growing but not fast enough to suit billionaire Nathan Joyce who believes that humanity’s only chance of long term survival is to immediately start mining asteroids This will not only provide critical resources and advance the technologies to let people start living in space but it also could create an entirely new and sustainable economy Joyce is recruiting an multinational group of risk takers like cave diver James Tighe who have the skills necessary to be the first asteroid miners The mission will be unprecedented and dangerous but not all the threats come from being in spaceI love Daniel Suarez’s books because he’s great at looking at where we’re at both technologically and as a society and then coming up with very plausible stories about what comes next Here he’s selling the idea that humanity’s future hinges not on colonizing the moon or Mars but instead on coming up with ways of living in space using the resources we could get from the hunks of rock floating around out there He’s very persuasive on this point and his conclusions make a lot of sense I kept finding myself thinking that this could be the preuel to The Expanse series which finds humanity spread out through the solar systemIt helps that this isn’t a tale filled with wide eyed optimism and there’s a lot of cynical pragmatism in how the plot unfolds Suarez creates a world in which it’s greed as much as anything that would make this happen and that getting this going would take the resources of the mega rich That certainly fits the direction we seem to be heading with guys like Elon Musk and Richard Branson putting big money into space But when you get people driven by profit margins and massive egos involved you can’t really trust them to do the right thing for the greater good or even their own employees either Throw in a bunch of murky laws related to this and competing national interests and it’s probably inevitable that mining asteroids will be just as cutthroat and messy as business on EarthIf you’re into space stuff especially near future hard sci fi then there’s a lot to like here Suarez is better at coming up with cool ideas and tech then he is writing about people but he does an adeuate job of creating a cast of characters and putting them in interesting and sometimes hazardous situations While a lot is wrapped up here the book also ends on what seems to be a pure seuel set up so I don’t think we got the whole story but I’ll be happy to check out the next one too 35 stars ExceptionalIf Robert A Heinlein and Poul Anderson were alive today this would be the kind of fiction they would produce optimistic resourceful daring and fun as hell Poul Anderson published Industrial Revolution in 1963 about asteroid mining and modern writer Daniel Suarez takes this old idea and tells a similar story for the modern age Eschewing government control Suarez has as his mining leaders billionaire investors and multi national corporations playing fast and loose with international law to get things doneTo man the expedition eccentric and dynamic tycoon Nathan Joyce finds a crew of adventurers cave divers mountain climbers former astronauts and engineers to realize his dream of a fortune seeking way to supply up and coming space exploration and colonization Joyce begs borrows and steals amongst the global financial elite to bankroll his plans and gets his Swiss attorney to help keep bureaucrats at bay Suarez sets up a narrative split between Joyce’s not always ethical machinations on Earth and the crew of his expedition millions of miles away mining a fortune in water and other natural resourcesThis gripping fast paced story had the feel of a modern day gold mining prospector tale or a years long voyage around the world in the 1600s One theme Suarez explores is the concept of the adventurer gene that produces people who may not be the best for family or stability but who are necessary for exploration and pushing boundariesIf Suarez writes a seuel I’ll be standing in line to buy

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