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by Charles R Pellegrino

eBook Flying to Valhalla download ISBN: 0688125069
Author: Charles R Pellegrino
Publisher: William Morrow; First edition. edition (June 22, 1993)
Language: English
Pages: 338
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Rating: 4.5
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Category: Pseudoscience
Subcategory: Science Fiction

Flying to Valhalla Hardcover – June 22, 1993. Charles Pellegrino has been known to work simultaneously in entomology, forensic physics, paleo-genetics, preliminary design of advanced rocket systems, astrobiology, and marine archaeology

Flying to Valhalla Hardcover – June 22, 1993. by Charles R Pellegrino (Author). Charles Pellegrino has been known to work simultaneously in entomology, forensic physics, paleo-genetics, preliminary design of advanced rocket systems, astrobiology, and marine archaeology. The author of eighteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including Unearthing Atlantis, Dust, Ghosts of the Titanic, and the New York Times bestseller Her Name, Titanic, he is the scientist whose dinosaur-cloning recipe inspired Michael Crichton's bestselling novel Jurassic Park.

Charles R. Pellegrino (born 1953) is an American writer, the author of several books related to science and archaeology, including Return to Sodom and Gomorrah, Ghosts of the Titanic, Unearthing Atlantis and Ghosts of Vesuvius. Errors in Pellegrino's book The Last Train from Hiroshima (2010) prompted its publisher to withdraw it within a few months of publication. Pellegrino also falsely claimed to have earned a PhD.

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A brilliant hard-tech debut novel by the well-known author of Her Name, Titanic and Unearthing Atlantis. On Earth, the designers of an advanced space mission fear they've put awesome power in the hands of a maniac, and in the depths of space, a hostile species awakens to the discovery of a new enemy-Earthlings.

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Flying to Valhalla book. Acclaimed scientist and author of numerous works of nonfiction, Dr. Charles Pellegrino makes a brilliant foray into the realm of speculative fiction with FLYING TO VALHALLA - a disturbing yet ultimately transcendent tale of space exploration that combines cutting-edge science with breathtaking storytelling artistry.

Used availability for Charles R Pellegrino's Flying to Valhalla. Pellegrino (born 1953) is an American writer and the author of several books related to science and archaeology, including Return to Sodom and Gomorrah . The Fallen Sky (1982). Flying to Valhalla (1993). The Killing Star (with George Zebrowski, 1995). Pellegrino (born 1953) is an American writer and the author of several books related to science and archaeology, including Return to Sodom and Gomorrah, Ghosts of the Titanic, Unearthing Atlantis and Ghosts of Vesuvius. Pellegrino's book The Last Train from Hiroshima was published in 2010, but errors in the book prompted the publisher to withdraw the book within a few months. Investigation also showed that Pellegrino falsely claimed to have earned a PhD. YouTube Encyclopedic. Pellegrino is the controversial author of several books relating to science and archaeology, including Return to Sodom and Gomorrah, Ghosts of the Titanic, Unearthing Atlantis and Ghosts of. . Pellegrino is the controversial author of several books relating to science and archaeology, including Return to Sodom and Gomorrah, Ghosts of the Titanic, Unearthing Atlantis and Ghosts of Vesuvius. One of his recent books (co-authored with Simcha Jacobovici) is The Jesus Family Tomb: The Discovery, the Investigation, and the Evidence That Could Change History (2007), a companion book to the Discovery Channel documentary on the same subject created in part by film director James Cameron.

Charles Pellegrino has been known to work simultaneously in entomology, forensic physics, paleo-genetics, preliminary design of advanced rocket systems, astrobiology, and marine archaeology.

ISBN 10: 0380718812, ISBN 13: 9780380718818. Published by Avon Books (Mm), 1994. Dr. Pellegrino lives in New York City.

As the pilot of the first traveling star vessel, Christopher Wayville travels to an earthlike planet that supports a humanoid population and becomes haunted by memories of his own death on the same planet.
Comments: (7)
Cerekelv
This is one of the finest science fiction novels out there. And one of the few that actually stands up when it comes to real science.

Ultimately, it is also arguably one of the most depressing books ever written when you take everthing to its logical conclusion.

The book (and I doubt I'm giving anything away here) basically concludes that if humans ever find intelligent life in the universe, we will have to either destroy it outright or forcibly keep it from building a technological society because of the dangers of relativistic attack. That is, a mass of just a few thousand tons accelerated to about 90% of the speed of light would be enough to exterminate all life on earth. And there would be no defense whatsoever against such an attack.

Furthermore, at the end the authors also conclude that not only will humans be obligated to destroy the sentient life it finds, but that humans will never be able to actually colonize worlds around other stars. Because of the minute chance that one of the colonies will turn into a "Saddam's World" and destroy all life on Earth with a relativistic attack.

Very depressing though very well argued.
Urtte
I love Pellegrino's stories. Great Sci-Fi. The kind we don't get very often. Only drawback is that it was too short I would have loved to see a 2nd or 3rd book that continued the story.
Sarin
I've been looking for this book for about 15 years, still reading it and enjoying it. Book was in great shape too
Mitars Riders
A new spaceship, the Valkerie, is hurtling towards our nearest stelar companion, Alpha-Centauri. Onboard, are two humans and a computer AI who will be responsible for charting the worlds they find, and communicating thier findings back to earth.
They find a planet which seems to have no evidence of intelligent life, but upon further investigation they find a species of life which displays incredible mental abilities, and these people are totally unafraid of the aliens landing on thier world.
During the voyage to Alpha Centauri, Chris Wayville suffers from nightmares, waking dreams, and visions of lives lived and re-lived, horrid mistakes made, and again and again he begins on his voyage which he feels is destined to cause the destruction of Earth. Several years later, Earth, reciving these demented ravings fears for earth, and begins planning for a strike against whatever may be coming back.
As Chris and Clarice get to know the inhabitants, they also learn hard lessons on interfering in the natural set up of an alien world, and how one seemingly meaningless mistake can cause devestation.
Flying to Valhalla isn't heavy on charachter development, the science and theory of relativity, alien evoloution, and alien technology and society taking the front stage. Still, a quick and enjoyable read.
Malalanim
Dr. Charles Pellegrino tells the story of a human mission to Alpha Centauri aboard a relativistic Valkyrie-class starship, which is an original spacecraft design due to Pellegrino and his collaborator Jim Powell. It transports the crew-carrying lander Beagle and its three member crew Christopher Wayville, Clarice Wayville, and the onboard AI named FUQ2.

There they discover a marsupial alien race of a pre-technological culture on a planet of Alpha Centauri A. Tensions are created between Beagle and Earth when Christopher Wayville seems to become unstable because of his nightmarish ravings and hallucinations of total global destruction -- whether Earth or Alpha Centauri is never made clear. Mission Control back on Earth cuts off communication with Beagle by jamming radio transmissions. Pellegrino intimates that Wayville's behavior is due to his being swept up in some sort of time-shifting multiverse thing, described as a psychopathological condition caused by relativistic flight termed the "Lazarus Effect". C. Wayville apparently lives multiple lives in separate universes, dies, and is reincarnated in other universes. Sorry, that's the most I can make of this aspect of the story. Seems not dissimilar to what happens in Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five: A Novel i.e. "unstuck in time" as is Billy Pilgrim.

The potential result of these developments is highlighted by the fact that a starship such as the Valkyrie -- an large anti-matter powered vessel that accelerates to and cruises at 92 percent lightspeed -- is in fact a weapon of mass destruction that can sterilize a planet, and is literally impossible to intercept. Thus the Wayvilles must must ponder the possibility of a preemptive strike launched by Earth with another Valkyrie, and must decide how to respond. This situation is compounded by the fact of a 52-month communications light-lag between the two systems (apart from the fact of Earthside jamming).

Pellegrino foreshadows this situation with a parallel story that occurs some 33 million years in the past in the Alpha Centauri system, when the predecessor Centauri civilization invents relativistic interstellar travel and discovers Earth's prehistoric intelligence. The Centauris launch asteroid strikes against Earth in the hope of forcing the extinction of terrestrial intelligence, but succeed only in furthering its evolution. They forego the launch of a relativistic strike because they know that the gamma ray shine of a near-lightspeed craft would attract the attention other possible advanced alien civilizations, and invite a similar attack upon themselves.

This theme is presented somewhat heavy-handedly but effectively in discussions at various points among Centauri and Earth scientists/politicians (separately in space and time, obviously). Some fairly wacky story elements are thrown in for no seeming good reason. One such is the Titanic chapter, which could only possibly have been presented to tie into Wayville's time-shifting and universe-tripping. This is probably the most far-fetched story element, and one that I myself am not particulary pleased with, but it is a necessary one. Something is needed to create tensions with Mission Control back on Earth, and short of making Wayville actually insane it is difficult to conceive of an alternative for them to fear a relativistic strike from Earth.

I'd have to say the story gets a bit loopy here and there the Wayville's experience in the Centauri system seem rather pedestrian by SF standards, but Pellegrino sprinkles interesting details throughout, enough to maintain reader involvement. For instance, the Centauri psychology is fairly well done, and the plot complication involving the runaway takeover of A-4 by Earth strawberries with Earthly left-handed amino acids.

For the bold concept of interstellar Mutually-Assured-Destruction made possible by the realistic Valkyrie spacecraft design, I'd say the book is worth four stars overall.

postscript: pertaining to the Valkyrie, Pellegrino supplies a lengthy explanation of its science and engineering as an appendix. This is the most realistic proposal for a near-lightspeed spacecraft yet advanced. For those interested, but who do not have the book, I might suggest visiting the Atomic Rocket website, and look under the heading "Slower Than Light". Most of Pellegrino's commentary is included there, with a few more commments he added after publication of the book. To understand the engineering of antimatter-powered rocketry, I might suggest two other science non-fiction titles: Robert Forward's Mirror Matter: Pioneering Antimatter Physics and Matloff's The Starflight Handbook: A Pioneer's Guide to Interstellar Travel.
Ber
This is one incredible Sci-Fi read . It really can't be absorbed in one reading. It does have some really good Hard Sci-Fi and is thankfully bereft of the "Sexy" implausable starships common to the drivel written by the likes of David Weber, and Gene Rodenberry's Star Trek farce. The characters aren't as strong as they could be. Which is a failing i've noticed in all technical speculative fiction, most recently noted in Jeff Cramer's Einstein's Bridge. I highly recommend it, although better characterization and stronger female characters ( Strong female characters don't have to be vindictive shrews ), would have made it a 9 in my book. I also recommend the sequel "The Killing Star".