Alien Death Fleet
Book One of the Star Frontier Trilogy
by Robert E. Vardeman
Robert E. Vardeman got his start in science fiction writing by publishing in fanzines. Much of his work grew from
his solid background in science, having worked in the Solid State Physics Research Department at Sandia National
Laboratories. He quickly developed a following for his "Weapons of Chaos," "Biowarriors," and "Masters of Space"
series. He has also written numerous science fantasy novels, high tech action books, fantasy series, a couple of
Star Trek novels, and a few westerns.
The "Star Frontier Trilogy," of which Alien Death Fleet is the inaugural story, were written initially
almost two decades ago. Due to glitches with the original publisher, only the first novel ever saw print and the
entire trilogy was lost for years. Zumaya Publications snapped up the series and released Alien Death Fleet
Vardeman himself clearly calls the "Star Frontier Trilogy" a space opera. And that, indeed, it is. In the vein of
the pulps of the early years of science fiction, Vardeman has crafted an action-oriented tale of invasion by a
mysterious alien armada bent on killing all life on planets and then efficiently mining all of their available
resources. This advanced race has appeared on the outer colonies and has systematically razed planet after planet.
Pier Norlin, a bored science observer, picks up a distress signal from a small craft whose occupants had witnessed
one of the first attacks by the Death Fleet. Norlin then begins a quest to convince the rest of the known galaxy
that they are in imminent danger. Finding himself as captain of a major vessel of the Empireís Fleet (because heís
the only pilot left), he sets out with an improbable crew to deliver the message to military leadership who can
mount an effective defense.
As the adventure unfolds, Vardeman describes colorful battles based less on military science than on creative
cobbling together of wild schemes and brass. His characters include Norlin, who grows considerably during the story,
and gutsy engineer Tia Barse, who would make Star Trekís Engineer Scott pale and then smile at her
I had a great time reading this novel and canít wait to find out what happens to Norlin and the known universe
in the final two volumes, The Genetic Menace and Black Nebula. I commend Zumaya Publications for
reviving this series and bringing it to old and new science fiction fans.
March 21, 2008|
1934135836 / 978-1934135839|
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NOTE: Reviewer Janie
Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!and co-author of
The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book.