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A mysterious object threatens to destroy our solar system. The survival of humankind is at risk, but nobody takes the warning of young astrophysicist Maribel Pedreira seriously. At the same time, an exiled crew of outcasts mines for rare minerals on a lone asteroid. When other scientists finally acknowledge Pedreira’s alarming discovery, it becomes clear that these outcas A mysterious object threatens to destroy our solar system. The survival of humankind is at risk, but nobody takes the warning of young astrophysicist Maribel Pedreira seriously. At the same time, an exiled crew of outcasts mines for rare minerals on a lone asteroid. When other scientists finally acknowledge Pedreira’s alarming discovery, it becomes clear that these outcasts are the only ones who may be able to save our world, knowing that THE HOLE hurtles inexorably toward the sun. Hard Science Fiction. All descriptions and events could become reality some day.


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A mysterious object threatens to destroy our solar system. The survival of humankind is at risk, but nobody takes the warning of young astrophysicist Maribel Pedreira seriously. At the same time, an exiled crew of outcasts mines for rare minerals on a lone asteroid. When other scientists finally acknowledge Pedreira’s alarming discovery, it becomes clear that these outcas A mysterious object threatens to destroy our solar system. The survival of humankind is at risk, but nobody takes the warning of young astrophysicist Maribel Pedreira seriously. At the same time, an exiled crew of outcasts mines for rare minerals on a lone asteroid. When other scientists finally acknowledge Pedreira’s alarming discovery, it becomes clear that these outcasts are the only ones who may be able to save our world, knowing that THE HOLE hurtles inexorably toward the sun. Hard Science Fiction. All descriptions and events could become reality some day.

30 review for The Hole: Hard Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chaitali Narla

    Nothing sciency about this This seems like a hurried attempt at getting a sci-fi book out. The story is strangely written with unbelievable plot lines and unrealistic characters. The science is even more unbelievable and doesn't connect together. I finished the book because I purchased it but did not enjoy it at all. Nothing sciency about this This seems like a hurried attempt at getting a sci-fi book out. The story is strangely written with unbelievable plot lines and unrealistic characters. The science is even more unbelievable and doesn't connect together. I finished the book because I purchased it but did not enjoy it at all.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rob Morton

    I like this author and his hard science fiction, which is a mix of real science and a bit of handwavium. I enjoyed seeing characters from previous books, like the self-aware AI, Watson. This book is scary good because it’s possible that a rouge black hole could come along and wipe us out; it’s informative because we don’t know a whole lot about why black holes exist - and who doesn’t like a crew of unlikely heroes who are willing to risk it all to save humanity? I do and if you read this, you’ll I like this author and his hard science fiction, which is a mix of real science and a bit of handwavium. I enjoyed seeing characters from previous books, like the self-aware AI, Watson. This book is scary good because it’s possible that a rouge black hole could come along and wipe us out; it’s informative because we don’t know a whole lot about why black holes exist - and who doesn’t like a crew of unlikely heroes who are willing to risk it all to save humanity? I do and if you read this, you’ll like it, too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    William Henes

    Dark side of the universe Great story. I like books with unique story lines and characters. This book had it all. Have fun and enjoy a trip to the future.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dodie Reed

    The was an excellent read. An unknown object is noticed by a young post doc in a brand new job. Her boss, a real jerk, doesn't want to listen to her so she has to go elsewhere to get some help. In the meantime, out beyond Mars, a crew of miners is told to go investigate the anomaly. The rest of the story is quite very good and I'll let you decide whether you want to investigate or not. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The was an excellent read. An unknown object is noticed by a young post doc in a brand new job. Her boss, a real jerk, doesn't want to listen to her so she has to go elsewhere to get some help. In the meantime, out beyond Mars, a crew of miners is told to go investigate the anomaly. The rest of the story is quite very good and I'll let you decide whether you want to investigate or not. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Different, unusual I liked this story a lot because of the nature of the black hole and the AI's. The characters were not fashionably nice people but they fit into this dark future very well. The plot may not appeal to all but to me it seemed original. Other readers have covered everything from the good to the bad and done it well. So rather than write more about the story, I'm going to try another of his books. Different, unusual I liked this story a lot because of the nature of the black hole and the AI's. The characters were not fashionably nice people but they fit into this dark future very well. The plot may not appeal to all but to me it seemed original. Other readers have covered everything from the good to the bad and done it well. So rather than write more about the story, I'm going to try another of his books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Thomas James

    A Black Hole is a life Form OK, the physics are way beyond me. Morris does an awesome job of taking a whole lot of theories about black holes and weaving them into a fun story. His best yet in my opinion. Along the way we mere mortals get to understand a bit more about these space "entities" (bodies). Good fun. Recommended A Black Hole is a life Form OK, the physics are way beyond me. Morris does an awesome job of taking a whole lot of theories about black holes and weaving them into a fun story. His best yet in my opinion. Along the way we mere mortals get to understand a bit more about these space "entities" (bodies). Good fun. Recommended

  7. 5 out of 5

    Leya Ruth

    This book was definitely hard science fiction, unlike the sequel "The Silent Sun" would I would call "slightly" hard science fiction. The discussions surrounding the AIs and the Black Holes, and most definitely the ending, are classic hard SciFi. Other than some books by Stephen Baxter, I haven't come across many Hard SciFi books that are set in the near future, most are set in extreme futures, or at least several hundred years. It was neat to read something that is only set about 50 years in th This book was definitely hard science fiction, unlike the sequel "The Silent Sun" would I would call "slightly" hard science fiction. The discussions surrounding the AIs and the Black Holes, and most definitely the ending, are classic hard SciFi. Other than some books by Stephen Baxter, I haven't come across many Hard SciFi books that are set in the near future, most are set in extreme futures, or at least several hundred years. It was neat to read something that is only set about 50 years in the future. I definitely enjoyed this book. Although I didn't finish "Seveneves" by Neal Stephenson, this story had a similar premise. I couldn't finish Seveneves because it was just too morbid for me. I couldn't handle the constant doom facing everybody on the planet. This book had the same eminent doom, although I knew how it would end since I had already read the sequel. I felt that the actions taken by everyone involved were much more realistic than in Seveneves. Instead of working to create something as crazy as the space station they made in Seveneves, this story goes another route, reusing something already constructed, and just expanding on it. That I find to be much more interesting and realistic. I also found the reactions of the general public, and their governments, also realistic. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's humor in maintaining Alexa and Siri in his future and expanding on Alexa's role. The place of Siri was very entertaining. I found the senior scientist to be a narcissistic jerk, but that was the point. I like how the conclusion wraps that story up. I thoroughly enjoyed the mining characters, and how their roles were developed. As is the case with most hard science fiction, character development can lack. This author has that problem as well, but he does a decent job. I was a bit irritated by the constant lack of contractions during dialogue. In American English, we typically use contractions when speaking (most of us don't use them when writing). The lack of contractions is probably due to these books being translated into English. The lack of contractions made the dialogue a little disjointed to me, a little too formal when we are listening to characters that are in a relationship or are living together for long periods of time, using overly formal constructions.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Rodgers

    Great Sci-Fi Series !! Just plain great sci-fi. Plenty of science involved and extrapolated within the plot lines. One area of understatement is the degree to which academia and science are filled with egoistic personalities, both male and female. At one point of my life, I brushed up against numerous defense science boards...and was amazed at the vanity and egoes involved. Such factors rule scientific advancements far more than the scientists like to admit. If you want "science fantasy," this is Great Sci-Fi Series !! Just plain great sci-fi. Plenty of science involved and extrapolated within the plot lines. One area of understatement is the degree to which academia and science are filled with egoistic personalities, both male and female. At one point of my life, I brushed up against numerous defense science boards...and was amazed at the vanity and egoes involved. Such factors rule scientific advancements far more than the scientists like to admit. If you want "science fantasy," this is not your book. If you want flying dragons, fair yet voluptuous maidens in distress, ogres and trolls, magicians and demons...this is not your book. If you want warring gods and Olympians, Angels and Archangels, possessed humans and little pointy-eared elves...this isn't your book. But...IF you want science and theory-based plots...impacted by human innovation and pluck, YES, this is your book. If want credible -- even if extraordinarily remote -- dangers driven by our own, very real, universe; if you enjoy watching humans being tested by unimaginable catastrophes, coping as best they can; if you want to see men and women under end-of-the-world levels of stress; if you enjoy seeing both the best, and worst, of mankind's survival impulses displayed in truth and rawness...then, YES, this book is for YOU. Clean book, though a number of non-traditional relationships are presented matter-of-factly. No sex scenes, though the stage is often set for off-stage sex. I'd allow anyone in my family over 12 to read this book. However, parents should be aware that some other books in this series DO have sex scenes. While not overly explit, such scenes may cross the lines some parents draw for their youth. Parents should thus review all books in this series carefully before their children read them. For teens, parents might want to preview the books, and choose to have appropriate conversations with them before and/or after their teens read those scenes. All that understood, this is still a great book, part of a great series. Enjoy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gary Randolph

    This is hard science fiction, meaning that everything that happens in the story fits with known physics. That doesn't mean it doesn't employ some very odd, little known theories, and even weird about the multiverse. But to make a compelling story, a writer has to do something unexpected to keep the plot moving. By and large, Morris succeeds admirably. He puts all of Earth in danger with a black hole. He has space miners living on an asteroid who are the only ones in a position to do anything, an This is hard science fiction, meaning that everything that happens in the story fits with known physics. That doesn't mean it doesn't employ some very odd, little known theories, and even weird about the multiverse. But to make a compelling story, a writer has to do something unexpected to keep the plot moving. By and large, Morris succeeds admirably. He puts all of Earth in danger with a black hole. He has space miners living on an asteroid who are the only ones in a position to do anything, and he has a very advanced AI. All of those things could happen. And that makes the drama seem pretty real. Yes, there seemed, to me at least, to be a few slow parts. And at times the B-story about a shipload of 100 hand-picked survivors of Earth seemed to distract from the A-story of trying to do something about the black hole. But I enjoyed the book and the characters and looking ahead at possible tech 50 years in the future.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Clare Anderson

    Loved it! This is the second book l’ve read by this author and although it is called hard sci-fi it isn’t hard at all. You canards and enjoy this book even if you don’t like a lot of science. Or if you do want to get into more science about astrophysics and quantum physics you can you can learn more from this story. The author does not bore you with details in the story but he gives the opportunity to learn more and thinking about more theories while telling the story. Then at the end of the book Loved it! This is the second book l’ve read by this author and although it is called hard sci-fi it isn’t hard at all. You canards and enjoy this book even if you don’t like a lot of science. Or if you do want to get into more science about astrophysics and quantum physics you can you can learn more from this story. The author does not bore you with details in the story but he gives the opportunity to learn more and thinking about more theories while telling the story. Then at the end of the book he has a primer on the science and theories behind the story. Those who have more science or newer science teachings than me, will certainly get more out of this primer and the original story told. For me I learned more, but could not understand all. For other, I’m certain the may have enjoyed the story and skipped the additional primer chapters on science surrounding the story. This author is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    The characterization was good-but-not-excellent, and the plot was engaging. I'd like to know what astrophysicists would think of the science; while I didn't spot any inconsistencies, my knowledge of quantum physics is a low threshold to meet. IMO, the most enjoyable parts of the story take place far from earth. The author explores the relationships among the crew of an asteroid mining boat, including a hard-luck couple with pasts and a paraplegic chef, as this motley threesome encounters a myster The characterization was good-but-not-excellent, and the plot was engaging. I'd like to know what astrophysicists would think of the science; while I didn't spot any inconsistencies, my knowledge of quantum physics is a low threshold to meet. IMO, the most enjoyable parts of the story take place far from earth. The author explores the relationships among the crew of an asteroid mining boat, including a hard-luck couple with pasts and a paraplegic chef, as this motley threesome encounters a mysterious arrival named Watson. The author also does a good job of describing quality spacefaring lives in threadbare isolation, including the challenges of cooking in microgravity. The marketing blurb leaves the wrong impression about the content of the book, because the earthbound heroine is surprisingly successful in getting her evidence acknowledged quickly. The author does a good job of believably explaining how she makes her discovery. I will continue reading Mr. Morris' work.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Damianopoulos Damianos

    I quite liked this book. Well, the science in it is not that detailed of course, but as a pleasure read I think it did fine. It kept my interest and there were a few turns in the plot which I liked. The idea of Watson was a bit disappointing as also to the fact that the writer does not give more ample information about the appearance of the the ship which was piloted by the AI, later Watson. The appearance of the ship sounded like the appearance of the ship in Rama, but it was a lot poorer. As re I quite liked this book. Well, the science in it is not that detailed of course, but as a pleasure read I think it did fine. It kept my interest and there were a few turns in the plot which I liked. The idea of Watson was a bit disappointing as also to the fact that the writer does not give more ample information about the appearance of the the ship which was piloted by the AI, later Watson. The appearance of the ship sounded like the appearance of the ship in Rama, but it was a lot poorer. As regards the development of the story, it was quite smooth and with many lucky occurences, which gave the impression that they were some dei ex machina. However, the book as a whole was pleasant and an easy read, which instigated me to continue with the sequel "Silent Sun".

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I made it about halfway through this and then unfortunately put it aside. I'm a big SciFi fan and the idea of this book sounds very interesting at first. A young astrophysicist discovers a strange anomaly during routine calculations, which turns out to be a dangerous threat to the solar system and life on earth. You can tell that the author is actually a physicists himself and has a solid special knowledge on the subject, but he is not a particularly good/practiced writer. The characters are sha I made it about halfway through this and then unfortunately put it aside. I'm a big SciFi fan and the idea of this book sounds very interesting at first. A young astrophysicist discovers a strange anomaly during routine calculations, which turns out to be a dangerous threat to the solar system and life on earth. You can tell that the author is actually a physicists himself and has a solid special knowledge on the subject, but he is not a particularly good/practiced writer. The characters are shallow, lacking a certain amount of depth, dialogues and plot felt unnaturally constructed and some of the scientists behave more than unprofessional and implausible.?? Anyway, this was unfortunately not gripping enough to hold my interest any longer.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ralph

    Another adventure by Morris begins with an apprentice astrophysicist who discovers a small black hole heading toward earth. Earth's only hope is in the hands of an asteroid mining crew who forms an allegiance with an AI that they just met. Together they must discover a way to avert disaster or die trying. This adventure is loaded with actual science as are Morris' previous books. Some characters mentioned in this novel may ring a bell with readers of "The Enceladus Mission" and its sequels. Whil Another adventure by Morris begins with an apprentice astrophysicist who discovers a small black hole heading toward earth. Earth's only hope is in the hands of an asteroid mining crew who forms an allegiance with an AI that they just met. Together they must discover a way to avert disaster or die trying. This adventure is loaded with actual science as are Morris' previous books. Some characters mentioned in this novel may ring a bell with readers of "The Enceladus Mission" and its sequels. While this is a stand-alone novel it is nice to understand some of the references to previous novels. I'm anxiously awaiting the next novel from Morris, "Jupiter", to come out in Kindle.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alik Tam

    I fizzled out with this one around the halfway point. This isn't "hard sci-fi" at all. There's an interesting story here, but not much to cling on to. As the story develops it's clear that most of the focus in on the characters themselves and their relationships with others, rather than any actual sci-fi themes or subject matter. Which could potentially be okay, if the story had depth or substance to it (but nope). Ultimately I just got bored with the story. Both the characters and the story were I fizzled out with this one around the halfway point. This isn't "hard sci-fi" at all. There's an interesting story here, but not much to cling on to. As the story develops it's clear that most of the focus in on the characters themselves and their relationships with others, rather than any actual sci-fi themes or subject matter. Which could potentially be okay, if the story had depth or substance to it (but nope). Ultimately I just got bored with the story. Both the characters and the story were not fascinating at any level to keep me invested.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Rich

    The Hole: Hard Science Fiction (Kindle Edition) by Brandon Q. Morris Another fun read from this author. Set in his usual universe, which is highly credible, and based upon actual science. I enjoy the way Brandon Q. Morris will juxtapose a scientific problem, with real world, human reactions. again, some old and new friends, and a great mystery to solve.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Original and interesting ideas An original story about a black hole that threatens Earth's very existence. Marred only by very awkward writing that sounds like it came from a translation app. Original and interesting ideas An original story about a black hole that threatens Earth's very existence. Marred only by very awkward writing that sounds like it came from a translation app.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bob Miller

    For the hard science claim, there are some issues. One such issue was central to the plot although it did not make any real difference. Overall, I enjoyed the fast pace, the hard science and the interesting characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Charl

    Pretty good. Too many unexplained references to other works to truly stand on its own, but still pretty good. And, refreshingly, no quibbles with the science bits I'm familiar with (as someone who reads a lot about astrophysics). Pretty good. Too many unexplained references to other works to truly stand on its own, but still pretty good. And, refreshingly, no quibbles with the science bits I'm familiar with (as someone who reads a lot about astrophysics).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Achim Barczok

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An interesting story with lots of ideas and an interesting science base, but the end spoiled it all for me. It should have stopped a couple of chapters earlier...

  21. 4 out of 5

    N Nopp

    Solid science I love how Morris keeps to real science in every way he can for his plots. One of my favorite authors.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eric Schudy

    great description of multidimensional world

  23. 4 out of 5

    Raymond Handforth

    Excellent read! Definitely worth your time. Holds your interest all the way thru as the story seems possible. I plan to read more from this author!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Unrealistic inner thoughts and dialogue. Very stilted. Poly is ok I guess.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Larry Prater

    Great book,great characters,and loved all of the series. Excellent reading and story telling is one of Brandon 's best way to get into my head. Couldn't find any bad, awesome. Great book,great characters,and loved all of the series. Excellent reading and story telling is one of Brandon 's best way to get into my head. Couldn't find any bad, awesome.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paul Erlich

    Nice read, but not as good as the enceladus books...

  27. 5 out of 5

    KHB

    Interesting story. I enjoyed this book as it combines hard science with an exciting story. Lots of explanations offered about the mysterious topic of black holes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rodney Forstall

    Great read!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Patrick

    Excellent, Brandon just gets better & better. Loved it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This book is in desperate need of editing. It just has a story that goes nowhere and grammar that sounds like it's from a robot. This book is in desperate need of editing. It just has a story that goes nowhere and grammar that sounds like it's from a robot.

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