Reviews and Reader Comments
"Phenomenal book... and it will make you question your place.
Fantastic book, incredible premise. Neatly ties together many "loose ends"
of the Earth's history, as well as raising questions for the reader's consciousness
about our birthplace. It did so much for me that I actually researched the validity
online of some of the claims.... and they were convincingly close to reality."
-amazon.com reader from New Bedford, MA
"Hogan's clearly explained scientific hypothesis presents intriguing questions,
and his characters are real and likeable . . . the suspenseful plot will keep
readers strapped in for the ride."
- Publishers Weekly
"The readers who felt that films such as Deep Impact, Armageddon,
and When Worlds Collide were for wimps might want to jump on this one."
"A hell of a lot of fun . . . suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride!"
- Mysterious Galaxy
"A Nicely done hard science disaster novel."
- Science Fiction Chronicle
". . . a fascinating tale of system-wide catastrophe . . . put
together with a master's hand."
-Norm's Review Notes
"Hogan weaves together a miscellany of seemingly unrelated curiosities
to form an outrageous but thoroughly fascinating theory about our planet, the
rise of humanity, and the fate to come . . . . [T]his intriguing speculation
rolls into high gear as the future becomes a scorching reality."
-Romantic Times Magazine
". . . a fine contribution to Velikovskian literature. Not only does it
describe the nature of the behaviour of modern establisment science, but it
does what few or anyone has attempted. It describes what the human race goes
through during a global catastrophe."
- C.G. New York
"I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am recommending
it to others. You have a winner."
- R.S. El Paso, Texas.
"This is the third book of Mr. Hogans'
that I have reviewed, the second book was a piece of non-fiction concerning
Artificial Intelligence entitled Mind Matters. Mr. Hogans' background is in
science and engineering and he has worked on aeronautical electronics and digital
process control. Beyond the technical accuracy of the science fiction that he
writes, he has the ability to create characters that have some or all of the
human foibles without being unrealistic.
This book is dedicated in part to Immanuel Velikovsky, who wrote several non-fiction
books that I read in the late 50's and early 60's. Velikovskys' theories about
the creation of planetary and solar systems were much derided by the "scientific
geniuses" that existed in those days and his work ended up being relegated
to the classification of "near science fiction". But, as has happened
with many scientists whose work was never accepted by the scientific community
during their lifetimes, his postulates are receiving new consideration in the
light of new discoveries as some of the space probes sent out to investigate
our solar system, have returned new scientific evidence that brings some of
the existing beliefs into question.
The situation of science in Cradle of Saturn replicates our current position,
that there is really no pressing reason for space exploration at this / that
time other than for the expansion of pure science. The primary character, Landen
Keene, is a nuclear propulsion engineer. A man who is in the wrong place at
the wrong time, because his dream is the outreach of mankind into space to explore
and colonize. Earth at that / this time is extremely introverted, espousing
an almost isolationist policy. A privately funded project has placed a group
of explorers and colonists among the moons of Saturn. This group, who call themselves
Kronians after the Greek name for Saturn, have successfully established a purely
scientific colony that has attracted some of the most advanced scientists from
all over the world.
However, some of the scientific findings by the Kronians have resulted their
formation of new theories concerning the development of our solar system. This
cataclysmic theory, that the solar system and our planet have undergone repeated
cataclysmic cycles, repudiates the existing dogma supported by the reigning
Earth scientific community. These Earth scientists react to what they sense
as a threat to their funding base and an attack on their scientific positions,
much as the church during the medieval ages reacted to Galileos' proposal that
the earth was not the center of the solar system.
Landen Keene finds himself in the center of this maelstrom created by the Kronians'
claims, his exceedingly public demonstration of a new nuclear space propulsion
system and the appearance of a white-hot proto-planet ejected by Saturn. When
it becomes apparent that this new solar body, that is as large as Earth, in
its' race toward the sun, is going to come close enough to Earth to affect the
survival of civilization, Keene is forced to make a series of decisions. Will
he insure his survival by accepting the offer of the Kronians to migrate to
their home, or will he begin a desperate search for a woman, who may or may
not be alive, and for whom he has unresolved feelings?
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are not stereotypes, although they
represent viewpoints that exist today as they have in the past, but are people
who you can relate to. They come alive and leap off the pages. I can recommend
this book to any one who enjoys pure science fiction without the discordance
of implausible "science".
- J.J. Memphis, TN
"I knew how it would end, and I STILL couldn't
put it down! I made the mistake of picking this up to read a little bit before
going to sleep, when I was about 150 pages from the end. I ended up finishing
it, and was really dragging the next day. I have read a lot of science fiction
that was exciting, and a lot that was intellectually stimulating, especially
by James Hogan. This book combines both and does it very well."
"I have just completed your novel Cradle of Saturn. In a word: Outstanding.
I was rivited. I could not put it down. I had to know what came next. All of the
cliches normally used may apply. While this is the first of your novels I have
read, it certainly will not be the last."
-firstname.lastname@example.org from Tucker, GA
-G.G. via e-mail