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Starwalker by Melanie Edmonds

A ship's log, as told by the ship 

The Starwalker is a starship with an experimental star-stepping drive. Designed to use the gravity wells of stars to fold space, she can travel between star systems faster than FTL. That is, if they can get it to work.

She is run by a sophisticated AI who doesn’t always follow her programming. She has only just been born, and she has a lot to figure out. She is often torn between the needs of the crew and the demands of the scientists responsible for running the tests on the new drive. There are politics surrounding this new drive of hers that she has to get a grip on before they get a grip on her.

Most of all, she needs to track down and explain the glitches in her software before someone notices and wipes her memory drives. What she doesn’t know is that it wouldn’t be the first time.

Note: Starwalker contains some graphic sexual content, graphic violence, and harsh language.

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Listed: Feb 9, 2010


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By Linda Schoales, editor

Feb 9, 2010: The writing in the first couple of chapters is solid. The consciousness of Starwalker, the ship, describes "waking" in her new "body". Reminds me of "The Ship Who Sang" but with a grittier, more modern feel. More like the newer "Battlestar Galactica" than the original.

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I am loving Starwalker!

By Shutsumon, author of Tales of the First

Mar 3, 2010: Starwalker is the new web fiction project by Melanie Edmonds author of “The Apocalypse Blog” which I reviewed here in the past, and in my opinion it’s a much stronger project.


The concept. A ship’s log told by the ship is wonderful.

Starwalker (the ship) has a wonderfully distinctive voice. I can imagine what she sounds like just from the way she [more . . .]

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Spacefaring from a unique angle…

By zoewhitten, member

Feb 28, 2011: I’ve been reading Starwalker in short bursts and have completed the first story arc, the mystery of the first starstep, and why it failed so spectacularly. Starwalker begins as the rebooted ship AI is brought online in a shipyard for her second attempt.

Starwalker, or "Starry," is a personality coded into the ship, but right from the start, it’s clear that something is wonky about Starwalker’s code. She’s got a sense of humor, for one thing, and she’s showing moments of [more . . .]

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Starwalker: Couldn’t get me away from it with a crowbar

By Palladian, author of Super

May 8, 2012: I remember being interested in the premise behind Starwalker before reading it – the idea of experimental technology and a ship with an AI running it, the circumstances of all of that a bit mysterious. It was when I stayed up late, unable to stop reading and clicking on the next chapter that I realized I’d gotten myself into trouble. The first thing I found myself drawn to were the characters. I agree with some of the earlier reviewers that the beginning of the story seemed a bit light, which [more . . .]

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