Intrepid space cadets overcome evil android pirates in ""Volume I of the Falcon Gold Space Adventures,"" a first novel by a NASA physicist. It's the late-24th century, after the android uprisings. Rusty, Cindy, Jennie, Nick, and Hans are the most promising of the young space cadets, each with an extraordinary natural talent. When they are assigned to the same team, it seems an accident--little do they know that the hand of Mikhail London is behind their selection. Gifted with pre-science, London knows that allying these particular talents into Falcon Gold is essential to the future of the known universe. Despite their strong individuality, the five cadets forge their team just in time to thwart the enigmatic Marrkor, leader of the android pirates. But who knows what lies ahead? Great Galactic Jets! Who would have thought that the spirits of Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and the Grey Lensmen would rise again? This is the kind of stuff that Isaac Asimov might have written as a kid. Indeed, it shares some of the strengths and weaknesses of the Asimov canon: accurate technology, fast-paced storytelling, indistinguishable characters, wooden but serviceable prose. The author has clearly engaged in a labor of love, and the chances are good that in some young readers that love will be requited. But subtle it's not.