What science fiction book is this?

Merick

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What science fiction book is this?

Last time I did this, SD had it in the first reply, so here we go again.


I read this several years ago so the details are sketchy..I really liked it though and would like to find more by the same author. I think it was published in the 90s. I think the hardcover version had a mostly shiny gray cover.

There's a group of people living on a very cold planet. I remember the main male character caught animals to eat using traps. His wife is also a character. I think they've been cut off from the rest of human civilization.

There's a spaceship on the planet, or they build one, and many (but not all) of the people of this planet leave. I think I remember this being a fairly desperate move on their part.

It's a long trip, even traveling at relativistic speeds. There's some sort of farming done on the ship, I think. An ark ship, if you will. However, things start to go wrong. One thing that happens is one room keeps despressurizing, and no matter how many times it is inspected, nothing can be found wrong with it.

Eventually, they land on a planet. I think there's only four or so characters alive by this point? Two of them are the aforementioned guy and his wife. I remember only a few on the planet, in any case. They're in some sort of ghost town and a mysterious man appears and kills one of them in a very over-the-top fantastical and gory way. The mysterious guy *may* have been dressed like a cowboy. The man delivers some sort of bizzaro deus-ex-machina to the story, explaining the problems with the ship. He can change shape too, I think. He is more than human or not human at all.

There's only a few pages after this, but the mysterious guy turns the whole story on its head.
 

moo-cow

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Re: What science fiction book is this?

my best guess is Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles but it came out in the 1950's and doesn't match much of what you remember.
 

SQUATMAN

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Re: What science fiction book is this?

It can't be too memorable. Nothing comes to mind.
 

Sokar Rostau

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Re: What science fiction book is this?

I've had the mini-series of The Martian Chronicles for 17 years and have never been able to sit all the way through the boring piece of tripe.

Carry on.
 

Merick

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Re: What science fiction book is this?

It's not The Martian Chronicles, this is a full-length novel.

I didn't particularly like TMC either. 2 really good stories, a number of good stories, and a number of bad stories.

I've posted this in about 4 different places now, no one has any idea yet.
 

BobCox2

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Re: What science fiction book is this?

It sounds more like a dream - does not make much sense.
 

Dondrei

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Re: What science fiction book is this?

You didn't really read this book, you just got really stoned and imagined it.
 

Merick

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Re: What science fiction book is this?

You didn't really read this book, you just got really stoned and imagined it.
I've never even been slightly stoned, and my mother read it as well. I'll have to ask her, although I guarantee she won't remember it.

I specifically recall reading the ending while at my grandmother's house.

Part of the reason it sounds so odd is because I don't remember much of what happened on the ship. That is about 85% of the book. The bizarre stuff at the end is what I have the clearest memories of.



 
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