The best word I can think of to describe this book is Brilliant! Good, hard SF with realistic, flawed, but sometimes heroic characters, and a surprising ending. What more could I ask for?
Arkwright tells the story of what happens after a successful SF author leaves his money and literary estate to a foundation dedicated to creating a starship to send humans to another planet. It's not a particularly long book, but it is a very long story. A story that in a way ends where it began.
The technology is futuristic, but based on good, solid science. There are lots of credits, so you know Allen M. Steele did lots of research to make sure of this.
I am looking forward to his next book, and I don't even know what, or when it will be
Five stars out of five