"What life in a closed environment means"
After the contact was made between the alien ship and the
earth, the leaders of the world decided that even if the
planet was invaded, mankind would survive. Huge
spaceships, nine miles long and five miles wide, were
built and sent into outer space looking for worlds outside
the solar system that the inhabitants of Alpha can
colonize. Over time, the good of the whole supplanted
Most residents were fed psychotropic drugs to keep them
docile and any deviation from what is considered normal
behavior is swiftly dealt with. Even young children were
indoctrinated from the time they were little. One day the
scientists observe a blight in one of the agricultural
pods and it is spreading to other pods. Unless a planet
can be found that they can survive and thrive on, the
residents of the starship will die in eighteen months.
Generations of suppressed rage led to the conspiracy
concerning the food supply. People feel outraged that
they were brainwashed and drugged into thinking along the
party line. Once the food supply was destroyed, chaos
became the norm except for those who were frantically
trying to find a way out of the mess those in authority
put them in.
STARSHIP is a fascinating novel that shows what living in
a closed environment means. Kevin D. Randle is a natural
storyteller who shows both sides of the issue leaving it
to the reader to make up their minds if such extreme
measures in relation to the residents were warranted.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 10, 2003