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The Halcyon Drift (Grainger 1) ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☆ The Halcyon Drift (Grainger 1) Author Brian Stableford – 'The gates of hell were already yawning wide 'Out on the rim they said Grainger was the best pilot in the galaxy he needed to be Starships were his life and the Hooded Swan was on her maiden voyage a 'The gates of hell were already yawning wide 'Out on the rim they said Grainger was the best pilot in the galaxy he needed to be Starships were his life and the Hooded Swan was on her maiden voyage a jointed musculated bird with feathers of shining metalTogether they were hired for a lethal race through cosmic storms in the dark nebula of the Halcyon Drift to find a legendary treasure laden wreckWith a makeshift crew and an alien mind parasite for company it looked a The Halcyon Epub / fashionable way to commit suicide.

10 thoughts on “The Halcyon Drift (Grainger 1)

  1. Brandon Brandon says:

    I picked up The Halcyon Drift by Brian M Stableford at a library book sale for fifty cents solely because I liked the cover art I have never heard of the book before nor the author The edition I picked up has a blue background with a red spaceship in front of it The spaceship doesn’t have many straight lines in the design it’s all circles and ovals and the atypical look caught my eye Layered over the spaceship is an image of a man with a number of wires protruding from his back a neuronic linkup if you will It has the tagline “A dozen worlds sought the secret of the Dark Nebula” I liked the title I liked the cover and I liked the tag line I didn’t expect much from the story but it would look damn good in my library The novel starts out with a man marooned on a desolate world on the rim of a dark nebula called the Halcyon Drift He’s been stranded for an unknown amount of time and has lost his co pilot who died when the ship crashed on the planet We come to learn later that the man’s name is Grainger a free trader space pilot who did odd jobs for different organizations His ship has crashed and his co pilot is dead so all he can do is wait to be rescued While I read the beginning of the novel I uickly realized that this would be a good read I thought the story just may live up to the standards of the cover art and it does exactly that The Halcyon Drift is a novel of Grainger’s story It focuses on his character his development after the crash That is not too say this novel doesn’t have any good technological concepts because it does have that as well The novel is than just an exploration of an interesting concept or futuristic idea which many science fiction novels solely depend on Stableford introduces a fascinating character and gives us a story that will keep us interested and entertained I really enjoyed The Halcyon Drift It held a great story about Grainger and his cynical attitude his overcoming of cowardice and self doubt and his loyalty to a friend Within Grainger’s story Stableford has created some really neat ideas about how to fly a ship through space and through a dangerous nebula at that I read this novel very uickly I could have read it in a day if I’d had a full day free to read

  2. Strix Strix says:

    I adore this book and I'm biased towards it because I read it at a time when I was coming out of a reading drought where nothing excited me and I wasn't compelled to pick up any books at all On a whim I picked up the Werewolves of London out of my collection and read it and I promptly fell in love with the author Brian Stableford This led me to devour the only other two books of his I owned Inherit The Earth and this one Halcyon DriftOf the three while Werewolves of London is the better novel and it excites the imagination this one reignited my love of science fiction and made me eager to read anything and everything involving aliens and starshipsSo with that out of the way what is this book? Why should you read it?The book opens with our viewpoint character Grainger stranded on a barren alien world He's crashed his ship the accident killed his partner and there's almost no hope of rescue This is a haunting prologue covering the desolation Grainger feels establishes who he is through his reminisces of his past and oh did he love his partner and introduces the windThere are three vital characters in this prologue Grainger himself Lapthorne his partner and the windThe barren planet is filled with wind it howls through the night knocks over Lapthorne's gravemarker and haunts Grainger The wind sneaks into the cracks of his mind as he spends too many nights alone and breaking and it becomes a parasitesymbiotemirror entity that lives within him and speaks to him It isn't a hallucination it can take over his body it can think for itself It becomes a part of Grainger in a vital way and a way for us to get a honest look at our viewpoint character Grainger often lies in the narrative well not lies but he misrepresents his motivations or why he does things to himself as much as to the reader The wind is part of how the reader can better see who he really isNow Lapthorne Grainger loves and disdains this man who was his engineer and partner for most of his life They went on countless adventures together rescued each other from scraps and essentially Lapthorne had all the wonder and earnest delight that Grainger doesn't seem to have Now I should be clear Grainger never once states that he loved Lapthorne nor was it a romantic relationship However the way Grainger reflects upon and cares about Lapthorne that to me is a clear deep love Not romantic but Lapthorne was his partner and his death is a wound to GraingerThis wound and PTSD from being stranded for so long and the wind they will haunt Grainger for the rest of the book even as he tries to put things behind him and move onThe opening is easily one of the best parts of the book but that's no reason to skip out on the rest of it as it shifts gears and becomes much lively Grainger gets rescued discovers that he's been slapped with the entire bill for crashing his ship so he's now essentially forced into slavery with a corporation and he gets bought out by a rival corporation to fly a prototype starshipIn the process of this purchase he stops by Earth to deliver Lapthorne's possessions to his family making the personal visit to his family He meets Lapthorne's sister and no it's not romance It's mutual frustration as she's not Lapthorne and Grainger is thoroughly prickly and unlikable he's not mean but rude he doesn't want to get along with anyone and it shows and oh of course she was the pilot for this prototype starship before the corporation hired Grainger insteadNaturally she winds up on the crew as the backup pilot And yes She does get to pilot when he's indisposed she never becomes a romantic interest she is her own woman and I really appreciate thatFast forward the first mission for this prototype starship is to find a lost starship in a dangerous section of space and to do it before anyone else finds it because it's rud to contain richesI won't give away spoilers and I will instead say this the final conflict of the book is Grainger's choice between Human greed and curiosity and between plain decency and respect to another alien cultureI love this book because while it seemingly has a simple plot man chosen for special starship man gets into race for fabulous prizes man of course finds them and the day is won hoorayInstead the plot is full of nuance because Grainger is walking wounded the fabulous prizes aren't and the day is won through cleverness And yeah the prototype starship plays a hand in it because it's the best starship in the galaxy and it gets to show off a bit Brian Stableford knows that the book can support some genuine funGosh I love this book It's short It's fun and nuanced and has a solid cast of characters It came to me at the right time The aliens in it are genuinely alien and while they aren't explored very much they're explored enough that you'll want to sit and think about them for a while The alien worlds they go to are vibrant and spookyPlease read this book

  3. Jeff Jeff says:

    I first read this book in my teens thirty odd years ago Remembering little of it than the cover and a couple of snippets of the plot and theme it took me a couple of years to track it down My review then is inevitably coloured by nostalgia That's both a blessing and a curse how often do we revisit things we half remember only to realise they weren't uite as good as we'd thought?Nonetheless I wasn't disappointedThe story isn't in essence a complex one Grainger exceptional pilot though he is is forced to crash land on an uninhabited and barely habitable planetoid due to the difficult conditions in the Halcyon Drift The crash kills his crew mate and leaves him alone for two years except for the symbiotic organism he ends up calling the wind Finally rescued he finds himself back on Earth crippled by debt where he gets the chance to pilot a brand new type of spaceship One of the catches with the deal is it means returning to the very area of space where he'd crashedIt's very much first book of the series material A lot of the book is designed to give us an understanding of the setting of the book and the people we encounter; it will be good in future to see how this develops into the second book of the series For the moment it should be noted that this isn't a series of info dumps; the book is written in the first person from Grainger's point of view and what we learn seems to emerge uite naturallyPerhaps the strangest thing is that none of the characters begin as sympathetic ones; Grainger is rather misanthropic so his perceptions of the people around him are affected by his distance and coolness and distrust Grainger himself is a damaged character though the wind is trying to mend him and fits the mould of anti hero far than hero Nonetheless they remain intriguing and I developed an almost reluctant liking for Grainger he does try to do what he feels is right and I found myself willing him on to do the right thing to beat his own fears and limitations to achieve The character development arc is far from complete I suspect It's not a hefty volume; weighing in at a mere 155 pages admittedly of uite small writing it took me less than a day to read It's certainly worth that investment

  4. Kat Hooper Kat Hooper says:

    35 stars Originally posted at FanLitGrainger a spaceship pilot has been shipwrecked on a deserted island in a dangerous star system called the Halcyon Drift He’s just about to give up hope when he is unexpectedly rescued by a commercial spacecraft They charge him for the rescue and take him to court so now he’s deep in debt When he arrives on Old Earth he finds it in decline There’s no hope of getting off or finding lucrative work so he’s forced to accept a job offer to pilot the prototype of a new hi tech spaceship the Hooded Swan Unfortunately this means going back to the Halcyon Drift to help his boss a mad scientist hunt for the Lost Star a spaceship that disappeared in the Drift carrying a potentially valuable cargo This is a very dangerous job but perhaps Grainger will get some help from the alien parasite that took up residence in his brain while he was stranded in the DriftThere’s so much Read More

  5. Jack Jack says:

    A classic of any eraStableford like many authors of his era wrote spare tight meaningful prose The Hooded Swan books the Daedalus Mission always seemed to me to be the uintessential examples of this No one writes like this any We are poorer for it

  6. Peter Peter says:

    Despite being one of the best star pilots out there Grainger's spaceship crashed on a barely liveable and unnamed world on the edge of one of the worst areas of distorted space The Halcyon Drift He managed to survive though his engineer and partner died in the crash Rescued years later he's left with two unwelcome burdens one everyone knows about a massive debt levied against him as a salvage fee by the corporation that answered his distress beacon and one he keeps to himself For his brain's been colonized by an alien mind symbiont It's not a threat it just needs a place to live and wants to help him Of course Grainger doesn't like to be helped which is also why when he's offered a job that will clear out the monetary debt he's leery despite the opportunity to fly a new kind of ship a fusion between human and alien science He's even leerier when he learns the first mission is to return to the Halcyon Drift But he has no choiceThis is a traditional space opera action story you'd find in the 70s full of travel at many multiples of the speed of light alien worlds and action but it's got a few twists One is the book's attitude towards violence The series is sometimes listed as one of the few examples of pacifistic science fiction that's not uite true but as science fiction goes it's closer than most The author was concerned what some of his violence filled adventure novels in the past might be saying about him so he deliberately set out to write a book where the main character's attitude towards violence matched his own that it was usually best avoided as it was lead to trouble than it saved As such over the several books in the series the main character rarely throws a punch much less fires a gun though he does occasionally use one as a threat and occasionally even warns those trying to kill him away from danger And one of the minor conflicts of the book is resolved with the main character convincing somebody to help him It's tricky to make a book like this work but it does largely because there's still a lot of action it's just the action often involves flying a space ship through entertainingly adverse conditions or trying to escape a situation that somebody ELSE thought would be better solved with violence The other thing that makes it stand out for me is the character of Grainger and his uneasy relationship with the voice in his head that he calls only the wind Grainger himself despite being a character who is very much prone to non violence is no Star Trek style utopian we come in peace let our people be friends cardboard man He's subtly socially stunted with a strong tendency to keep people at a distance and if they try to get too close to push them away He's sarcastic acerbic than a little bitter and occasionally an outright jerk to other people for no good reason And I love him for it Usually when you have a character who has an alien presence in his head the alien is the bad one In this although neither are evil Grainger himself is even heroic all the while inventing reasons why he's not being heroic at all the wind is the sociable nice one trying to push Grainger into connecting with people into not immediately assuming the worst of everybody and pointing out the flaws in his thinking It's a device that lets the author use an unreliable narrator and still call out the narrator on his own BS sometimes and gives him a limited edge over the average person But mostly it's just fun to read them snipe back and forth and watch their relationship grow over the booksI've reread this series many times over the years all in one in fact although I initially bought them as single novels I'm actually rereading them now as part of the collected edition Swan Songs The Complete Hooded Swan Collection so obviously I liked them enough to buy them twice and it's difficult to give a truly objective score for a first time reader particularly for the single novel installments because I know how the story and relationships evolve the secondary characters might seem a little stiffer in the first novel for example part of this may be Grainger's own perspective minimizing their depth in order to keep them at a distance It's also certainly dated a little the author obviously doesn't anticipate how much computer development would change the society computers are still large unwieldy things And I do think the first novel is weaker than some of the others But I'm going to give it four stars anywayThe series is under read from what I've seen but if you like 70s space opera it's definitely worth a try I'm moving directly to the second book Rhapsody in Black

  7. Roddy Williams Roddy Williams says:

    Grainger he has no first name was half of a two man trading team who bought and sold goods through the human settled and alien worlds of the galaxyEncountering problems in the Halcyon Drift a nebula where gravitational forces distort the laws of physics Grainger crashlands on an unknown planet killing his partner Lapthorn and wrecking the ship 'The Javelin'He is eventually rescued but not before his body is invaded by a sentient alien parasite His rescuer Axel Cyran of the Cradoc Company having been pulled away from his mission of finding a legendary lost ship for the rescue lands Grainger with costs of twenty thousand Twenty thousand what is never made clearThe lost ship 'The Lost Star' is the Maguffin in this novel a semi mythical wreck believed to be carrying priceless cargoGrainger then gets an offer by which the company who wish to hire him will clear his debts if he agrees to pilot an experimental ship for two yearsThe ship is a hybrid of alien and human technology an odd reflection of Grainger and his alien mindrider now fused into one body The ship is called 'The Hooded Swan'Its test and its first mission is to beat Cyran to 'The Lost Star' and claim the cargoFrom this summary one would assume a fairly standard bit of space opera of the time but it is far than thatThe setting is an interplanetary culture bound by the Laws of New Rome where Earth is becoming a backwater as other worlds become the centres of trading and industry carrying out business with at least two other alien cultures Stableford's aliens if humanoid ish in physiology are suitably alien in other senses although the crew of the Hooded Swan do encounter truly alien life during their search for 'The Lost Star'Grainger himself is a fascinating psychological study There's possibly a little of the sociopath about him since his freuent memories of his dead partner with whom he spent fifteen years in close uarters are resisting any emotion any griefHe has an awkward meeting with his partner's parents who tell Grainger to his surprise that their son worshipped himIndeed it is the alien presence in Grainger's mind from which no secrets can be hidden who forces Grainger to face some of his self deception issuesThere is a solid reality with Grainger that one seldom finds in genre novels of the period and particularly within Space OperaStableford a very important figure within the SF world is paradoxically very under recognised by SF readers in general in my view which is a terrible injusticeIf you have never read Stableford give this series a go

  8. astaliegurec astaliegurec says:

    About the best I can say for Brian Stableford's Halcyon Drift the first book in his Hooded Swan series is meh There's nothing really bad about it but there's also nothing really great with it either In general even though the book was first published back in 1972 it reads like a science fiction book written in the 1950s everything's very direct and lacking in subtlety Also the book is written in the first person Usually I have no problem with first person vs third person But for an author to carry it off elegantly his characters need to be really interesting people for instance Roger Zelazny's characters Stableford's main character here just doesn't have the necessary personality Sadly Stableford appears to have purposefully designed him this way One of the repeating descriptions in the book regarding him is the term soulless For instance You have a very dull mind You have no soul So I'm sorry to say that all I can rate the book at is an OK 3 stars out of 5The novels in Brian Stableford's Hooded Swan series are1 Halcyon Drift Hooded Swan Book 12 Rhapsody in Black Hooded Swan Book 23 Promised Land Hooded Swan Book 34 The Paradise Game Hooded Swan Book 45 The Fenris Device Hooded Swan Book 56 Swan Song Hooded Swan Vol 6

  9. Robin Robin says:

    Fails to live up to a promising first chapter The characters are too cool to emote and nothing ever feels fresh or surprising as a result Still it ticks along and there are some original ideas communicated well

  10. James Hogan James Hogan says:

    A classic sci fi novel Apparently I am still very much in a science fiction moodand my appetite for old sci fi has been most thoroughly whetted by the last few books I've read This book published in 1972 actually reads almost like a 50s'60s' sci fi novel which for me is not a bad thing I apparently liked this book enough that I've now ordered the second book in the series I shan't describe the plot of the book but like a lot of older sci fi books the characters aren't necessarily well formed butI shall say that the cypher like nature of the main character actually enhances both the stunning wonder and pulse racing danger of the cosmos The descriptions of space flight in this novel were both highly original and utterly gorgeous The main spacecraft in this oneso lovingly described that I could almost imagine the author was a space pilot himself And this book moved right alongI read it in just a few days? Not a masterpiece this but a very serviceable enjoyable read Looking forward to reading by this author

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