Nice touch. Well done boffins and Reynolds
Boffins from the Queen Mary University of London have chosen an unusual way to announce a new exoplanet find, commissioning a short story describing the recently-revealed worlds. There's a paper about the find too, and a promise of more to come in a future issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The paper …
Why did they bother? It's been done before with reference to Kapteyn's star originating in the Omega Centauri satellite galaxy nucleus, specifically the central intermediate mass black hole. The novel was "Singularity", published two years ago by a fairly prolific author (William Keith).
If you are referring to Star Carrier 3 singularity - apart from the vague connection with Kapteyn I'm not sure what your point is.
Reynolds is high end Hard-ish Sci-Fi.
Keith/Douglas - seems more Journeyman Mil-sci fi from a quick google.
ie totally different sub-genres.
Would you complain about every book that mentions alpha centuari?
Reynolds is a boffin himself or ex-boffin. Nice little tie up between science and science fiction.
Reynolds is a boffin himself or ex-boffin
Indeed he is, and I've read some of his books.
I don't care much for the quality of proof-reading, though. For example:
* unmeasurably old -> immeasurably old
* eeking out its nuclear lifetime -> eking out ...
* Cities as mute as sphinxes -> sphinges (ok, I'm being picky)
Man, the quality of AIs they send into space these days ...
OK, the key thing now
Is to avoid getting dragged into any puzzle-solving and silly Q&A sessions with anything we may find when we finally get there....
if they will be raising a glass at the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute here in Groningen.
I sure will (as if I need such an excuse)
A Nice touch
I thought the story added a nice light bit of humour, particularly the end.
"Just a word, to let me know that you still care".
“the oldest potentially habitable planet known to date”
So what we are looking at is a bunch of grouchy old codger aliens yelling at us to get off their lawn.
He said "Kapteyn!"
I said "What?"
Like ISEE 3 before it
That space probe in the story is probably out of luck. Nobody will talk to it because NASA will have junked the "obsolete " hardware required to transmit a message decades before.