Destiny's Cradle

Destiny's Cradle

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, sci-fi-space, Science Fiction

Teenagers Ben Canterbury and Tessa Nyera are harvesting cotton on a warm afternoon when a hole opens up in a nearby meadow—like the doorway to another dimension. The hole disgorges a naked man, barely conscious and clutching a human leg bone, and then vanishes. Even more astonishing to Ben and Tessa, this man is a stranger to them and, in their close-knit world, no one has ever seen a stranger before.

When he recovers, that stranger, Thomas Morgan, finds himself trapped in a small rural community where everyone regards him with bewildered awe. He alone knows they are inside the earth-like biosphere of an immense starship, The Destiny, on a thousand-year voyage to colonize a distant planet. While he had been in cryogenic hibernation, Ben, Tessa, and the others in this rustic community appear to be descendants of a small ‘wake’ crew that was originally charged with maintaining the ship's operating systems.

Clearly something happened, long ago, that upset the carefully laid plans of the starship's designers, a crisis, now long forgotten, that left the wake crew and its descendants trapped for generations within the biosphere, its exits locked and its walls, shielded by a holographic force field, invisible to everyone inside.

Soon, Tom Morgan finds himself struggling, with the help of Ben and Tessa, to prevent a disastrous conflict between the simple farmers born in the biosphere and their technologically-advanced ancestors, now emerging from cryo and led by Tico Calder, the starship’s arrogant and ruthless captain. To succeed, he must discover the cause of the crew's entrapment, including the role played by Agatha, an enigmatic young computer prodigy who lived hundreds of years earlier. He must also deal with the threat posed by Dante, a sentient robot of unknown origin, who has secretly controlled The Destiny for centuries and has the crew's fate, though not necessarily its best interests, in its unpredictable hands. And, finally, Tom and his young friends must face what's awaiting them on the bewildering planet below, for the massive starship has finally reached its destination.

DESTINY'S CRADLE is a stand-alone hard science fiction novel, with a complex, scientifically plausible setting, well-drawn characters, and an intricate, thought-provoking plot. It is set a world riven by conflict and distrust, a world in which the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of just a handful of individuals.

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    Destiny's Cradle Reviews

  • Amy Turner

    I read and commented on a draft of this book about a year ago and am delighted to see it published. Here's the review I wrote for Amazon:The scope of this novel is ambitious—a thousand-year voyage. ...

  • Mike Parkes

    I thoroughly enjoyed this novel by Paul Crawford! Well written and nice character development, although some of the characters aren't exactly nice! Love the idea of a contained biosphere within this g...

  • Wayne Hill

    I am sad to finish this book. This is the best generation ship book I have ever read and one of the best sci fi books I've read in years. I'm not sure why I haven't heard more about this book. ...

  • john r. reeves

    JohnboyA really great book. The writer is straight to the point, and. Does not waste chapters on unrelated fill in. It was hard to put the book down. Was up last my bed time more than one night. Defin...

  • Denise Dowdey

    EXCELLENT!! Love, love loved the way the twists came about. One of the best sci-fi books I've read. Would like to see another addition to the possibilities set forth in this story.Would definitely rec...

  • Stan Barnett

    Generational starship and sentient robotExcellent plot, pace and character development. Lots of common SF themes woven together in a thoughtful way. This guy can really write. There were no cringe sen...

  • Philip Abraham

    Excellent readReally liked this book. Stayed up several nights to finish it. Shades of Asimov's Foundation series with sentient robots and the regression of civilization but with enough plot twists an...

  • Nathan Woods

    I read a lot, and generally, books fall into two categories, Small books (like series where each volume is disappointingly short), and Big Books, which are epic in scale, detail, plot, length, etc... ...

  • Chuck Woodbury

    Great Colonization StoryWell done! Destiny’s Cradle is a fascinating adventure detailing a 1000 year voyage to colonize an earth like world orbiting Tau Ceti. The novel starts near the end with a hu...

  • Donnie Dennison

    Great and wonderful storyI was looking for some new litrpg to read when this came up in the search. Even though it's not litrpg I gave it a chance. I was hooked pretty early on. The story covers many ...