Robotech: Genesis, by Jack McKinney, is by quite far one of the greatest contemporary science fiction novels to date. The first in a series consisiting of twenty-one books, it combines detailed action, political intrigue, military protocol, and an intertwining story of love, heroism, and death. This book chronicles the first of the journeys of the Macross Generation and is an excellent start to the epic saga of Robotech. The novel is a great one with an excellent exposition, details (something that cannot be stressed enough), character development, and an infinitely thickening plot that makes the book hard to put down. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter give the novel a depth and realism unparalleled by most science fiction novels. The only lacking quality is dialogue. All of the dialogue was scripted right from the television series, and if one has seen any of the episodes, reading the novel may at times seem more like watching the episode than anything. But, the novel goes farther than the television series did and has greater room for creativity. It also contains scenes that were not played out on the television series, giving better foundation to the storyline. Robotech: Genesis is worthy of five stars.