Apparently this book also has an old PC game along the same lines of the book.
An asteroid comes in close vicinity to the Earth and a team is sent to check out and explore whilst they have a window of opportunity. However once on the asteroid things start to go awry. The team of three find advanced alien technology which when messed with transports them to an alien planet called Cocytus which is millions of light years away.
They must now solve multi dimensional puzzles to find a way back to the asteroid and then home. They are also in physical danger as not all the conundrums are benign.
The crew will make some startling discoveries along the way and the most startling of all is that the asteroid is actually a 'Honey pot', specifically designed to entice and then trap intelligent life forms for study and maybe further contact. Are we good enough?
This is simply a riveting read and a classic page turner that is difficult to put down.
All of the characters are fully fleshed out and more importantly, believable. The space side of the story is well written and the aliens (Cocytans) are well...No reveals! The puzzles are well done and the ending is just great. A well thought out and written book that is worth a second reading.
Another cracking read from Alan Dean Foster.
Paperback: 336 pages
More Information on the Author: Alan Dean Foster.
Alan dean foster was born in New York city in 1946 and was raised in Los Angeles. After receiving a bachelor's degree in political science and a master of fine arts in cinema from ucla (1968, 1969) he spent two years as a copywriter for a small studio city, California.
His writing career began when August Derleth bought a long Lovecraftian letter of Alans in 1968 and much to Alans surprise, published it as a short story in Derleth's bi-annual magazine "the Arkham Collector". Sales of short fiction to other magazines followed.
His first attempt at a novel, the Tar-Aiym Krang, (has spawned a popular series of Pip and Flinx adventure sequels, at the time of writing this, 13 Pip and Flinx novels, of which i have managed to collect 6 1st/1st signed editions) was bought by Betty Ballantine and published by Ballantine books in 1972.
Since then, Alans sometimes humorous and entertaining short fiction has appeared in all the major sci-fi magazines as well as in original anthologies and several "best of the year" compendiums.
He is also the author of numerous nonfiction articles on film, science, and scuba diving, as well as novelizations of several films, including Star Wars which he wrote under the name of "George Lucas", the first 3 Alien films, the Thing, the chronicles of Riddick, the Black Hole, Outland, Starman, Alien Nation and the Dig.
Other books to becomes movies include Clash of the Titans, Krull, the last Starfighter, Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood), and more recently Transformers.
His novel Cyber Way won the southwest book award for fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so.
Other works include scripts for talking records, radio, computer games, and the story for the first star trek movie. His novel Shadowkeep was the first ever book adapation of an original computer game. In addition to publication in English his work has been translated into more than fifty languages and has won awards in Spain and Russia.
Alan has travelled widely, visiting Asia, Europe, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Zambesi and most of the Pacific. Whilst he has lived in Tahiti, French Polynesia and now resides in Arazona.
Alan and his wife Joann Oxley currently live in a turn of the century miners brothel, along with dogs, cats and fish .
He is presently at work on several new novels and media projects.
Books I would personally recommend are:- Icerigger, Mission to Moulokin and the Deluge Drivers (a trilogy). The Howling Stones, Drowning World, Founding the commonwealth Trilogy are Phylogenesis, Dirge and Diuritys Dawn.