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Redshift Rendezvous Mass Market Paperback – May 1990

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ace Books (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441711456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441711451
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,797,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A suspicious death aboard the starship Redshift involves first officer Jason Kraft in a manhunt that uncovers an insidious plot to reroute the ship to an unknown destination. Sf action/adventure tempered by the "laws" of hyperspace travel produce a unique, fascinating hard sf novel. Stith wrote Deep Quarry. Recommended.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa13e7fa8) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13face4) out of 5 stars Real Sci-Fi March 29 2001
By Baron - Published on
Format: Paperback
Many of today's so called Sci-Fi authors don't really write Sci-Fi, they write Fantasy. When you go to your book store's Science Fiction section you see a lot of Unicorns and Barbarians, but few hard science fiction works. For those of you who grew up on 50's classics, and Analog magazine in the sixties and seventies, John Stith delivers the right stuff. And ex NORAD scientist, his works feature a solid but speculative physics. The emphasis is in reality, not the melodrama of the predominant Sci-Fi you find. And Stith is a funny guy, if his characters aren't having hilarious exchanges with intelligent appliances or aliens, there is a dry humor at work in the events.
REDSHIFT RENSEZVOUS is an intense story with wondrous technology and it's implications. I've read another review here saying that this book is similar to Alistair MacLeans "Golden Rendezvous." This is like saying that because two works share genre conventions, that it is the same. All fiction uses elements from other works, it is the execution of those conventions and devices that make the work new.
Final word: IF YOU LIKE GOOD'OL SCIENCE FICTION, TIGHT PLOTS, INTERESTING PREMISES, BUY JOHN STITH. Another of his books MANHATTAN TRANSFER is soon to be made into a blockbuster movie.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13fad38) out of 5 stars Adventure exploring General Relativity in high g environ July 28 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As usual, for Stith, there is a strong plot - save the universe type, that makes the fairly hard physics go down quite smoothly. As an amateur physicist, I found his treatment of the G(eneral) R(elativity) effects cause by an extremely dense core for his starship quite interesting. I found no real flaws with the physics, although I may not be qualified to criticise, and found the presentation not only easy to understand, but well integrated with the story line. There is a bit of a problem in my mind that Stith never addressed, with the physics behind the extremely dense core, but I didn't let that interfere with my enjoyment of either the writing or the exposition of GR
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13faf0c) out of 5 stars Whatever happened to John E. Stith? July 15 2006
By Richard W Little - Published on
Format: Paperback
I finished reading Redshift Rendezvous, by John E. Stith, last night. I needed a little light reading filler, and this book provided that. I first read this book back in the summer of 1992, when I was living and working in Ottawa as a co-op student. John E. Stith's science fiction writing style is pretty good, with engaging characters, and thoughtful science fiction themes and concepts. This novel is a sci-fi/action/mystery story, set mostly in space aboard a spacecraft traveling through hpyerspace.

Reading this book left me wondering, is John E. Stith still with us? After this novel, Stith penned a few others, including the wonderful Manhattan Transfer. Then, he seemed to just stop. I did a little digging, and it seems like he's still with us. So, either he's stopped writing, or his publishers have dropped him. Either way, it's our loss.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa13fe540) out of 5 stars The idea is great. Feb. 18 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Gravity affecting time on a ship. Time running skewered. Everything you see slightly in the past. An element of truth makes it all the more mind-boggling, and trying to picture the workings just might drive you a tad crazy but...the idea of making your own sonic boom just by walking very fast...creative.
The thing that did not pull me into this story is perhaps it's close similarity of the plot to Alistair MacLeans "Golden Rendezvous". There's even a similarity in the title. Maybe it was Alistair who copied the plot, maybe it was just a major coincidence. The storys are set in different locations - Both on ships, one at sea the other in space.
But the story-line was so similar that after reading Alistair's novel and then going on to Redshift, it didn't seem all that original. (The plot, not the ideas)
Even the charactars had similar personalities. Though Alistair's was more developed and believable, the same hardworking, independent loner and reliable hero who keeps his distance from everyone, and the somehow slightly irritating rich woman who manages to slip through his barriers were in both books.
Other than that, the story was okay, the concept brilliant and inspiring enough to twist your mind trying to imagine it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2223360) out of 5 stars Review of Redshift Rendezvous Oct. 27 2015
By Danny Lee - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
John Stith's Redshift Rendezvous is a challenging read with plots within plots making this complex story fun. Starting with a suicide, the story evolves into a bigger mystery with more deaths and missing persons. The ship's environment makes simple tasks such as walking or keeping track of time demanding.
Can First Officer Jason Kraft navigate through this and juggle his duties of taking care of the ship and a mix of mysterious passengers? In a parody of a classic cop movie hero, the answer quoting Kraft, "I know what you're asking yourself: did he shoot ninety–five times or did he shoot ninety–six times?"
An explanation of the physics used in Redshift Rendezvous is found in the extensive appendix. This is helpful for those interested in understanding the science and assumptions made in the story.

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