Nightflyers by George R.R.Martin

I have recently read Nightflyers by George R.R.Martin, an exciting and slightly macabre science fiction thriller. It is Set in the year 2093 and follows a team of scientists on a mission aboard the Nightflyer, the most scientifically advanced ship ever built, to make first contact with alien life known as the Volcryns and possibly save Earth in the process.

The crew of the Nightflyer are made up of Karoly D’Branin, A single-minded astrophysicist, who is leader of the Nightflyer expedition. Royd Eris the reclusive captain of the Nightflyer who is hiding a big secret and only appears as a hologram , Rojan Christopheris, the xenobiologist, Agatha Marij Black, a psychiatrist who specializes in working with telepaths, Melantha Jhirl, a genetically-engineered superhuman, Alys Northwind a Xenotech, Thale Lassimer, another Telepath, Lommie Thorne the Cyberneticist, Dannel and Lyndran the linguists and Auggie, the chief engineer of the Nightflyer.

Their mission takes them beyond the edge of the solar system, farther than mankind has ever gone before. However terrifying and violent events start to occur, aboard the Nightflyer, soon tension mounts and tempers flare as the team and crew begin to squabble, question themselves, blame each other, and criticize their reclusive captain.

They also get an unnerving feeling that they are being watched and that Royd may not be as trustworthy as he seems. As the paranoia mounts they also begin to suspect that there may also be something malevolent on-board the Nightflyer with them. Soon inexplicable tragedies start to happen and the crew all find themselves in mortal peril. So Melantha the genetically-engineered superhuman, attempts to learn the truth behind Royd and the Nightflyer however even she is unprepared for the answers….

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