As long as there is money to be made,
there will be Wildcatters.
Nominated for the 2012 Book of the Year Award (Science Fiction)
Throughout human history wildcatters, the first great explorers and prospectors to lay claim to newly discovered lands, have marched to the beat of a different drummer — motivated by a deep yearning to be the first to walk on uncharted land and benefit from treasures yet to be discovered.
In the future, wildcatters in space will travel to exoplanets, located in The Big Nothing, to search for new chemicals which, when transformed into pharmaceuticals, will bring untold wealth and fame to the individuals and corporations that stake their claim for exclusive exploitation rights.
Such is the quest of the crew of the independent starship Golden Hind, whose mission is to travel a year and a half to “Cacafuego”, beat the larger corporations to the exoplanets’ resources, and strike it rich for themselves.
But will a yellow warning flag, planted above the planet, stop them? Or will the Golden Hind’s prospector foray to the planet’s surface, possibly to never return alive?
Wildcatter is a raucous tale of mystery, greed and passion, told by master story teller Dave Duncan, once himself a for-real wildcatter!
About Dave Duncan:
Originally from Scotland, Dave Duncan has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than forty novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also young adult, science fiction, and historical. (MORE)
"This is a fabulous little gem of a science fiction story. Duncan's characters are often a little hard to enter, emotionally; a certain coldness pervades sometimes and this is true here. But if you read without needing too much empathy this is really superb: modern, plausible, rollicking stuff." — Sean Randall
"Loved this book. Short and snappy but with a very good ending!" — Steve Markham
"Dave Duncan is an author I read only for the Endeavour Award. This is the first of his books that I actually liked. Its basically a classic planet surveyor tale - but it has some good twists and interesting enough characters. And as a short novel it just kind of works." — Mitchell's review
"A fast read and a fun adventure, wildcatting on a newly discovered planet with horrendous weather. Well-drawn characters and world-building. The plot had some nice twists and turns and a satisfying ending." — Nicole Luiken
“This is a solid, well-done piece of writing. Duncan is a vetern writer who shows, once again, that he knows what he is doing. The reader will not go wrong with this short novel." - Paul Lappen, reviewer
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