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Encyclopedia > Colony (Rob Grant novel)
Colony
First edition cover
First edition cover
Author Rob Grant
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Viking Press
Released 2 November 2000
Media Type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 288 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-670-88965-2 (first edition, hardback)

Colony was the first novel written by Rob Grant outside the Red Dwarf series. It's based on a spaceship sent out on a voyage taking several centuries in order to colonise another planet. Rob Grants novel, Colony. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Some notable science fiction novels, in alphabetical order by title: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke 334 by Thomas M. Disch An Age by Brian Aldiss The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard... Viking Press was founded on March 1, 1925, in New York City, by Harold K. Guinzburg and George S. Oppenheim. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Rob Grants novel, Colony. ... Red Dwarf is a cult British sci-fi sitcom that ran for eight television series on BBC2 between 1988 and 1999, and has since achieved a global cult following. ... The fictional starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) from Star Trek: The Next Generation. ... Artists conception of a space habitat called the Stanford torus, by Don Davis Space colonization (also called space settlement, space humanization, space habitation, etc. ...


Plot summary

The story starts on Earth in the future. Global warming and over population has caused an imminent apocalypse. The hope for the survival of the human race is a spaceship called the Willflower, which will take a small number of the world's best minds on a journey to colonise another planet. Eddie O'Hare is not one of them. He is deep in debt due to a computer error and fearing what injury the debt collectors might inflict. Earth (IPA: , often referred to as the Earth, Terra, the World or Planet Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth largest. ... Global mean surface temperatures 1856 to 2005. ... Look up Apocalypse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


When gambling his the last of his money he happens to meet a man who looks strikingly familiar to himself. He discovers that the other man is due to go on the Willflower but doesn't want to go. Due to the ramifications for the rest of his family he can't refuse to leave. So he offers Eddie a place in place of himself. Eddie successfully smuggles himself on board. However, shortly after the ship sets off he is murdered by an unknown assailant.


The story then jumps forward several generations. He is revived as a cyborg with only his head and spinal column remaining of his original body, and trapped forever in a jar of green gloop (Even worse, the nerve endings are incorrectly wired, so that, for example, he moves his left arm when trying to move his right leg). He finds himself on a ship full of idiots and there is something going wrong with the ship itself; all its engines are gone and it has only 20% of its manoeuvering thrusters. As the only intelligent life form on board it is up to him to find out what is happening. Seven of Nine, a Borg in Star Trek: Voyager The term cyborg, a portmanteau of cybernetic organism, is used to designate an organism which is a mixture of organic and mechanical (synthetic) parts. ...

First paperback edition cover
First paperback edition cover

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Characters in "Colony"

Eddie O'Hare 
An accountant posing as a community planner and a few generations later, mistaken for a doctor and resurrected in an egg-like robot suit (he is made up of the bits that the most ravenous cannibal would leave on the side of the plate) with nerve endings all messed up (To the extent that the nerves controlling his right hand should control a muscle in his ass), who believes himself to be the unluckiest man ever (And, bluntly, he's got a damn point). Despite the contempt with which he is regarded, the rest of the crew come to subconsciously see him as a leader.
Paolo San Pablos 
A hitman with a penchant for pink socks and a total homicidal maniac, stowed away on the willflower and used in an experimental proceedure.
Bernadette Oslo 
A member of the Willflower's crew; although her role is unclear, her nagging familiarity to Eddie, coupled with his asexual fondness for her, suggests that she may be his own descendant.
Father Lewis 
The ship's priest. Although, by his own admission, his career is difficult due to atheism (Jobs are inherited). A fan of pornography, he possesses several video tapes of the women's shower room, and is not above blackmail.
Styx 
Clones of the original security chief. Incredibly stupid (Mainly due to the mental deterioration involved in every new batch of drones, (e.g. having the mental agility of pond life), most people simply treat the drones as equipment, with Eddie being the sole exception, each Styx drone has a letter branded on them to distinguish between them.
Trinity Peck 
The Willflower's science officer, who unfortunately happens to be a religious nutball who beats herself with a whip and regards Eddie as an agent of the Devil.
Captain Gwent 
A spotty teenager who names planets after bodily functions (Specificially, "Thrrrppp", "Penis", "Panties", and "Jockstrap") and appears totally unconcerned about the fact that he's meant to be in charge of the mission.

 
 

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