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A scientist has sold out the human race. A settler-scientist hires a bounty hunter to help find her sister - feared murdered by intelligent, insect-like creatures. Clues lead then to the boomtown of Ashridge, where a senior researcher has disappeared. As it emerges that all as not right, a deep conspiracy is discovered. One that those involved will stop at nothing to prot A scientist has sold out the human race. A settler-scientist hires a bounty hunter to help find her sister - feared murdered by intelligent, insect-like creatures. Clues lead then to the boomtown of Ashridge, where a senior researcher has disappeared. As it emerges that all as not right, a deep conspiracy is discovered. One that those involved will stop at nothing to protect. Hunted by the authorities, plagued by the “bugs,” and even airship pirates, they must uncover the conspiracy. Will that bring the main perpetrator to justice, or start a bidding war for her research – and with it, the fate of the planet? “The Man from the Sky” is a 34,000 word Novella, and the first book of the “Providence 71” series. Providence 71 is a 2019, Kindle hard science fiction western. In this action adventure series you will find: - corrupt lawmen - nuclear-powered creatures - out-of-town drifters - airship combat - a woman on a quest for vengeance - edge-of-space stations - harassed federal marshals - lost, colony-founding era tech - a president struggling against the speaker of the house - nuclear bombs - Hives of huge, intelligent, hyper-aggressive bugs - hard science - a desert super-Earth of volcanic ash and ice - good, home-cooked food Navin Weeraratne writes hard science fiction (physics matters!) and science fiction action adventure. This is his first science fiction western.


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A scientist has sold out the human race. A settler-scientist hires a bounty hunter to help find her sister - feared murdered by intelligent, insect-like creatures. Clues lead then to the boomtown of Ashridge, where a senior researcher has disappeared. As it emerges that all as not right, a deep conspiracy is discovered. One that those involved will stop at nothing to prot A scientist has sold out the human race. A settler-scientist hires a bounty hunter to help find her sister - feared murdered by intelligent, insect-like creatures. Clues lead then to the boomtown of Ashridge, where a senior researcher has disappeared. As it emerges that all as not right, a deep conspiracy is discovered. One that those involved will stop at nothing to protect. Hunted by the authorities, plagued by the “bugs,” and even airship pirates, they must uncover the conspiracy. Will that bring the main perpetrator to justice, or start a bidding war for her research – and with it, the fate of the planet? “The Man from the Sky” is a 34,000 word Novella, and the first book of the “Providence 71” series. Providence 71 is a 2019, Kindle hard science fiction western. In this action adventure series you will find: - corrupt lawmen - nuclear-powered creatures - out-of-town drifters - airship combat - a woman on a quest for vengeance - edge-of-space stations - harassed federal marshals - lost, colony-founding era tech - a president struggling against the speaker of the house - nuclear bombs - Hives of huge, intelligent, hyper-aggressive bugs - hard science - a desert super-Earth of volcanic ash and ice - good, home-cooked food Navin Weeraratne writes hard science fiction (physics matters!) and science fiction action adventure. This is his first science fiction western.

10 review for The Man from the Sky: Book 1 of the Hard Science Fiction Western Series, “Providence 71”

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vishva Herath

    Keeping it spoiler-less and brief > It is a different situation still set in the universe revealed by '100-gram Mission' and 'Burning eagle', and you will see the signs everywhere. A highly enjoyable thrill ride with a Western taste mixed with hard sci-fi, which even a fellow who isn't much of a hard sci-fi fan like me can enjoy because there is so much action and drama packed into it. Highly recommended thrill-ride which you will not be able to put aside till the finish, and this is just the fi Keeping it spoiler-less and brief > It is a different situation still set in the universe revealed by '100-gram Mission' and 'Burning eagle', and you will see the signs everywhere. A highly enjoyable thrill ride with a Western taste mixed with hard sci-fi, which even a fellow who isn't much of a hard sci-fi fan like me can enjoy because there is so much action and drama packed into it. Highly recommended thrill-ride which you will not be able to put aside till the finish, and this is just the first story of a trilogy set in Providence 71

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eshana Ranasinghe

    I had low expectations but I am still disappointed. This was meant to be a second chance since I hated Zeelam. And while this was much more enjoyable it was still not great. The science was iffy at best and distracting when it was so obviously incoherent. I don't mind vague/basically magic 'science' in sci fi but including real world concepts and inspiration can be interesting but it is glaringly obvious when its is misunderstood by the author. I prefer to think he is simply inept in conveying h I had low expectations but I am still disappointed. This was meant to be a second chance since I hated Zeelam. And while this was much more enjoyable it was still not great. The science was iffy at best and distracting when it was so obviously incoherent. I don't mind vague/basically magic 'science' in sci fi but including real world concepts and inspiration can be interesting but it is glaringly obvious when its is misunderstood by the author. I prefer to think he is simply inept in conveying his scientific inspiration because otherwise he frankly arrogant way he tries to use real science to give his world depth is pathetic. The footnotes are annoying and distracting and misused. While more of a personal preference I disliked that the chapters weren't in chronological order. There was a lot if redundant and repetitive information and some things could have been edited out. I liked the mixed media approach where emails and novel extracts were used for exposition and world building. Reminded me of Foundation. A lot of the story felt very familiar? Like I had already read similar scenes in other stories? The book felt like a quilt of moments taken from other works and clumsily stitched together. There was also a sexist, homophobic, transphobic and at time ableist undertow in the story. I don't know why but the almost casual, unintentionally way it was soaked into the story was unpleasant. It reminded me why I avoid sff by straight white men. I don't recommend reading this. Unless, that is, you enjoy suffering and reading poorly written books for fun. Read full rant review (with mild spoilers) on my blog

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nadishka Aloysius

    Reading this was like watching a movie! I was intrigued when I saw the subtitle of hard science fiction plus western - a mix I have never encountered before. The world-building is very well done, and I had no difficulty figuring out what was happening. Each chapter begins with a diary entry or page from a memoir that lays out the philosophical, historical and/or moral background to the story. I thought this was a very clever device since it allowed for little nuggets of wisdom to be shared outsid Reading this was like watching a movie! I was intrigued when I saw the subtitle of hard science fiction plus western - a mix I have never encountered before. The world-building is very well done, and I had no difficulty figuring out what was happening. Each chapter begins with a diary entry or page from a memoir that lays out the philosophical, historical and/or moral background to the story. I thought this was a very clever device since it allowed for little nuggets of wisdom to be shared outside of the story. The story itself was interesting and very fast-paced - I could not put the book down! There were many unexpected developments. I liked the writing which had many one-liners that shocked you or made you laugh. It is actually refreshing to read a book where characters meet a sudden unexpected end, but without an excessive amount of blood-and-gore-description that cheapens the whole episode and leaves you gagging. The battle scenes were so good I could almost hear a soundtrack playing in my head! The story reminded me of the movie Starship Troopers and I was pleasantly surprised to find the movie mentioned in the endnotes. Which brings me to the fact behind the fiction, the hard science that holds it all together. There had been a lot of research put in and I know I missed out on a LOT of the hard science since that is not my forte, but reading the book you just know that a vast amount of background work had gone into justifying the world that was created. All in all, a very good read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul Rompaye

    How often has a book pushed you back in your seat like an accelerating car? ‘The Man from the Sky’ pulls of this trick neatly, shifting gears several times as it takes you places. You won’t end up where you thought you were heading. It’s quite a ride. Full of charm and character, the story takes place on a failed colony where terraforming was abandoned. You’ll soon figure out that the rough and tumble outlaws, frontiersmen and lil’ ladies aren’t alone on this planet. But that’s only the first awe How often has a book pushed you back in your seat like an accelerating car? ‘The Man from the Sky’ pulls of this trick neatly, shifting gears several times as it takes you places. You won’t end up where you thought you were heading. It’s quite a ride. Full of charm and character, the story takes place on a failed colony where terraforming was abandoned. You’ll soon figure out that the rough and tumble outlaws, frontiersmen and lil’ ladies aren’t alone on this planet. But that’s only the first awesome ‘oh-no-he-didn’t’ moment. Mr. Weeraratne oh-yes*does*. ‘The Man from the Sky’ will push you back in your seat, but it will also have you jumping from excitement. No other writer moves from awesome moment to awesome moment like him. From one fast-paced action setpiece to the next tense stand-off. He then doubles down by smoothly slipping in the science to back them up. There’s exobiology, airship engineering, and some good old ‘another one hits the dust’ ballistics for good measure. This book, the first in a powerful series, sets a new standard for how smart and exciting sci-fi can be. If you’ve enjoyed Weeraratne’s ‘Planet 9’ you will recognize the potent mix powering the narrative. It’s explosive, to say the least. Strap in!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thilani Samarasinha

    Cowboys and Aliens and Science!. Think Louis L'Amour meets Stephen Baxter. There's a mysterious gunslinger, a daughter searching for answers to her fathers death, crooked politicians, honest lawmen, airship pirates and cyborgs all struggling to make a living on a distant world where the megafauna have a penchant for ripping off heads. The familiar tropes of the classic western are so cleverly woven through what is essentially a treatise on high gravity worlds, that you don't even realise how muc Cowboys and Aliens and Science!. Think Louis L'Amour meets Stephen Baxter. There's a mysterious gunslinger, a daughter searching for answers to her fathers death, crooked politicians, honest lawmen, airship pirates and cyborgs all struggling to make a living on a distant world where the megafauna have a penchant for ripping off heads. The familiar tropes of the classic western are so cleverly woven through what is essentially a treatise on high gravity worlds, that you don't even realise how much rigorous science informs the story. There's some fantastic action sequences that are almost cinematic and I love how the little diary entries and excerpts from memoirs etc.. are sprinkled through the novels, adding another layer of richness and depth. I was really impressed by how much was covered in a fairly brief book! Totally recommend this to all sci-fi and western fans.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Arianna

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sean Duffy

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mgray

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roxanna Haley

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