The Solar Sea
The Solar Sea
The Solar Sea
Humans settled the Moon and satellites orbiting the Earth were a common sight, but with the abolition of NASA, humans had no desire to go further and space exploration died. Then, a technician from the Very Large Array, a radio telescope in New Mexico, discovers powerful particles orbiting Saturn’s moon, Titan, which could be a new energy source. Strangely enough, following the discovery’s announcement, whales around the Earth changed their songs overnight. As scion of the powerful Quinn Corporation, Thomas Quinn builds a solar sail—a vessel pushed by sunlight itself—to find the source of these particles in Titan’s orbit. He gathers the best and brightest team to pilot his craft: Jonathan Jefferson, an aging astronaut known as the last man on Mars; Natalie Freeman, a distinguished Navy captain; Myra Lee, a biologist, specializing in whale communication; and John O’Connell, the technician who first discovered the particles. All together they make a grand tour of the solar system and discover not only wonders but dangers beyond their imagination. Drawing on his experience as an astronomer, David Lee Summers has created a story that is both exciting and plausible, one that can be enjoyed by both the young and young-at-heart who enjoy looking at the planets on a clear night and dreaming of what could be.

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  • Science Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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In the not so apparently distant future, NASA has been disbanded and the farthest the human race will ever get is Mars. Thomas Quinn has a dream that one day he will build a ship that is propelled by solar energy and that he will explore our solar system with it. At the Very Large Array in New Mexico, John O'Connell discovers a particle on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn, that could potentially allow time travel or be used as a fuel source. In another part of the world, marine biologist Myra Lee finds that the whales have all started singing a new song.

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The Solar Sea is about a brilliant young scientist born into a family who are ‘businessmen’. Therefore he is the ‘black sheep’ of the family. His status amongst his family does not deter him from following his dream. He is able to manipulate what he knows to get what he wants. Thomas Quinn (alias Thomas Alonzo) is able to convince his father to authorize the building of a space ship that will journey from the moon to explore Titan, and potentially give both men what they want; a business boon for the older Quinn and a scientific one for the younger. However, it is really the underlying subplot that is fully developed and keeps your attention because it is plausible.
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