Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Read April 2019
Recommended for fans of exploration sci-fi
 ★     ★      ★     ★   1/2    

‘Aldebaran’ is a red star whose name comes from the Arabic word for ‘follower,’ because it seems to follow the Pleides. Interesting choice, although like others, my reading eye slurred it to ‘Alderaan,’ Princess Leia’s world, and I had to wonder if Tchaikovsky is playing with us, just a little. In this novella, scientists have discovered an unusual object and sent a team to explore. It contains some of the best of sci-fi: astronauts, exploration, discovery. Oh, and some of the worst of what can happen.

I have no idea how to review this without spoilers, which is probably okay, because the person telling the story put in spoilers as well (which was hysterical!)

I was riveted.

I’ll re-read it.

Any comparisons may well turn out to be spoilers, so I hesitate to say what this book reminds me of. For those that want an atmospheric idea from other books: (view spoiler—-I’d say “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Plath crossed with “The Martian” crossed with “Leviathan.” It also reminded me of “The Luminous Dead.” ——-). But I will note that while Tchaikovsky might have been inspired by Mark Watney from “The Martian,” he went in entirely different directions.

For those that read it, I’d be interested to discuss some of the developments.

Four and a half aliens, strictly because it doesn’t quite suit my must-own requirements.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Rebellion Publishing for the arc.






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4 Responses to Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky

  1. Do ye happen to have a post that explains yer must own requirements?
    x The Captain

    • thebookgator says:

      What an interesting question! I don’t. Usually a high degree of re-readability, which for me means world-building, language complexity, usually heroic characters, and feel-good vibes about the book. Rarely, something that was profoundly moving but I don’t necessarily want to re-read (The Sparrow). Thank you for commenting!

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