• Seed

  • A Hard Science Fiction Novel About Survival, Colonization, and Leadership Growth
  • By: Matthew G. Dick
  • Narrated by: Darren Marlar
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What kind of person does it take to build a civilization from the ground up? In this fun hard science fiction novel, astronaut Nick Burke will have to learn how to be a leader if he wants humanity to survive on a new planet, even if he is no longer a human himself.

Nick Burke dreams of successfully creating the first sustainable space colony in human history. After a third failed mission on Mars, Nick returns to Earth heartbroken. But during the trip home, he has an epiphany caused by a near-death experience on how to truly accomplish his dream. 

Nick launches a billionaire-funded startup company that solves the interstellar travel problem. Transporting people in a spaceship without any people aboard. After Nick lands on his new, distant planet, he has to combat his greatest trials yet including raising children and goats while becoming a colony building survivalist. 

Fans of Andy Weir’s The Martian and Dennis E. Taylor’s We Are Legion (We Are Bob) will find familiar themes of innovative science fiction ideas with plenty of humor and pop culture.

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This is a story about a robot yelling at children

The robot also colonizes a planet.

It's written by a first-time author, and it shows. The book could have used some editing. For example, the protagonist says it's the first time he's killed an animal (goat) when previously he'd killed was an lobster-fish and an orc. The writer seems to have forgotten what he wrote, or written it out of order.

There's a weird fetishization of music, and at one point someone gets a stay of execution because he played music. I don't get what that theme was trying to say. Seems idiosyncratic to the author and not very relatable for me.,

There are some decent hard science fiction ideas in this book. If you like post-human narrators and alien worlds, it's worth a read.

One part was very anti-scientific that I want to mention here. The protagonist is powered by an RTG. And he's worried that after his death it will be dangerous to the whole village full of people. This fear seems to come from an irrational fear of nuclear power.

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Fun story as long as you don't want hard science

This is a story that mixes Bobiverse with The Martian, but leaves the science out of it. It's worth a listen and is enjoyable enough that I will pick up the sequel when it comes out. Not sure why this is tagged as Heavy Sci-Fi though as it really isn't that heavy.

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Really great book.

Really enjoyed this. It is reminiscent of the Bobiverse books by Dennis E. Taylor. The narration and the world building is excellent. It is a nice change from the constant flow of space marine science fiction that seems to be coming out. The only gripe I could think of would be slightly too many contemporary pop culture references. I look forward to more work by the author.

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A good first effort

Matthew Dick's Seed has a lot in common with stories like The Martian and the Bobiverse, if on a less technical and less polished level. Some of the science needed expounding upon, the characters fleshing out, their actions better justified, and the events in general given time to breathe. That said I enjoyed it and will return for the sequel.

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Dank

Bravo! I bought and listened to it all in a day. looking forward to Sprout. I especially loved the twist.

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Good Story, Marred by Narration

Good first effort by Matthew Dick. The pace lurched a bit as he covered more than 50 years with most of it coming in the last 25% of the book. I found the narrator’s voice bothersome and gave the story an unserious air.

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Similar to Bobiverse, but different

This book has some obvious parallels to the Bobiverse. The main character is a digital clone of the original, has a digital assistant, and is establishing a human colony on a new world. However, it actually has a different premise. Unfortunately, the story jumps the shark when Mr. Burke decides to stop doing everything for the colonists so they can learn to problem solve. Suddenly, everyone instantly becomes an analyst! The abrupt change in behavior with little opposition was not very believable.

The narrator was pretty good, but he needs to work on his accents. A German character sounded Russian, and a character from Tennessee who ran MarsX sounded like a backwoods hick. (My college roommate was from Tennessee, so I am very familiar with the accent and what it should sound like.) Also, his female voices are not very good. (Though to be fair, not many narrators voice the opposite sex very well.) Fortunately, those are not the main characters.

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I really enjoyed it.

This book could have easily fallen into a cliche-after-cliche pattern that science fiction struggles to avoid, but it certainly did not. Nick is a wonderfully written teacher that struggles to connect with his students/colonists in a way that eventually promotes and rewards their curiosities. I really enjoyed that. I anxiously await the sequel.

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Great science fiction book

I really liked this book! I think it was a little slow getting started, but don’t let that stop you. It gets really really good very quickly. This the author’s first book, and I’m sure his next one will be even better.

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entertaining story

It was an engaging "boots on the ground" take on planet colonization. I enjoyed the humor and the character arc for Nick. I am looking forward to the sequel.

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  • IB
  • 03-13-22

Good start.

I thought that book started well and ended fine but there was a bit of a lull in the middle. I would consider getting the sequel.

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  • eleanor langwell
  • 08-13-21

looking out for the sequel -Seed is a great story

i loved this book, thank you Mr M.G. Dick. i loved the loving and also very disciplined character that is at times hidden in mr Burke, and the story connecting his family old and new.
i really love the 'how its going to work' parts of this book and the descriptions are well written and enough able to let your imagination fly with this new world, super stuff. loving the musical references and how they affect the new society. i would love to hear a mix up of other music being appreciated-- Soul, Blues, better 70's stuff like Bowie and Talking Heads in the next books yes i am hoping many more please! Mr Marler makes this special too- the performance is totally right for this i think.
also, Melodysheep that music would be great in our minds eye when you are writing,. i hope many more. this got me out of a funk that i was trying to forget and you really wrote a great story! Thanks! eleanorhl

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  • C I Mabey
  • 09-22-21

Well worth a listen

There's a sequel! I listened to this one in a day. I thoroughly reccomend it, and enjoyed the world that was built :)