Jim Tale blasts off on a twenty-seven year journey as the Captain of the interstellar spaceship the Evolution; his mission is to colonize a sister-planet to Earth some 1400 light years away. When he wakes up from hyper-sleep he finds himself facing more challenges than he could ever have imagined. Jim is constantly haunted by nightmares and visions of his wife’s death. By day his world is shaken as news reaches him of imminent nuclear war back on Earth. And all the while, his beautiful companion, the most advanced artificial intelligence ever created, and the ship’s mind, CASS, relentlessly challenges him to face up to both his fears and his greatest passion – to discover the truth about existence. Questions which have plagued him his whole life are now hammering his skull – demanding reconciliation. How was the Universe created?
Who are we and how did we come about? Was it the Big Bang? Was it God? Or is there another explanation? Jim and CASS engage many philosophical talks as they probe for answers and as doors open up to them during this epic space odyssey, one where he faces the reality that man is not the only intelligence in the Universe, and where life-and-death scenarios, thrilling space-walks, confrontations with carnivorous raptors, and alien encounters convince him that answers must exist – somewhere.
In the end, the real question which threads through the whole story is whether or not he will discover the truth about life and existence or whether Jim Tale, the most famous space explorer of his time, will simply fade into oblivion. And that is when he meets Prima.
“This is a wonderful piece of speculative fiction, inspired by the Masters of the genre – Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein. Real Laplaine brings us on an interstellar mission at faster than light speed… The urgency of the situation is palpable… Instantly likeable and relatable characters in transition to a new home for humanity transcend their mission parameters… Each new turn leads further out to the edge of the Universe and deeper into the unravelling mystery of existence. Exciting and intelligent, this is a really fun read and much more… I felt as though this book was written especially for me – It fits my personality. It’s an imaginative, philosophical conversation touching on some of the most relevant issues of our times. There’s so much more I could say about the parallels Laplaine has layered into Earth Escape but I will not spoil it for you – Discover them on your own… Enjoy !” Daniel D. (Canada)