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Sandfly is a debugger. He is property. Bought and paid for by his master, a relatively benign lord in a future Earth living under sharia law.

All other faiths but one have been banned. And the word of the great Imam is supreme.

Sandfly just wants to debug his master's robots and avoid the mental pain shocks sent from the remote triggers owned by all the masters. But now he's...more
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Published December 16th 2010 by Marcher Lord Press (first published September 30th 2009)
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Ellen Maze
Jun 09, 2010 Ellen Maze rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi,christian cyberpunk,good for everyone

In a futuristic world where sharia law is in place and mankind relies on technology to perform the simplest task, DR63 “SandFly” is about to find his life turned upside down. A ‘Chosen One’, SandFly was chosen as a youth to be implanted with a device that would allow him to speak to all of the machines that run the planet. Even though this would seem to give him incredible, unstoppable power, it does not because those in charge who ‘chose him’ hold a controller that zaps him if disobeys. SandFly...more
Jill Williamson
Review by Jill Williamson

In a future governed by a strict rules, there are two types of people: masters and debuggers. A debugger is a person whose brain has been implanted with a computer. Debuggers’ masters use them as a tool, to fix things, to run errands, or to discipline if needed.

Sandfly’s master sends him to space on a special mission. A robot tore itself apart and the masters want to know why. As Sandfly investigates, he discovers not only that the bot picked up a signal that proves the...more
Matthew
http://vernacularcatholic.blogspot.co...

It's hard to find good fiction. And by good I mean good. There is a disturbing lack of Christian fiction these days. What happened to the days of Tolkien and Lewis? My preferred genres are fantasy and science-fiction. Good luck trying to find something that is both fantasy/sci-fi and Christian! Oh, wait - I did.

Marcher Lord is a small Christian publishing company specializing in Christian speculative fiction. Recently I read the debut novel from author Ker...more
Holly Heisey
Mar 27, 2010 Holly Heisey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes cyberpunk
Kerry Nietz keeps the fast and glitzy of top-notch cyberpunk without the sleazy and nihilistic. Seamless writing, great narrator, clever cyberslang, and a great sense of humor. A tad slow in the middle, but wait for it because the ending is killer! One of the best books I've read in a long time.
Kat Heckenbach
I am not one for simple plot summaries when it comes to book reviews. I will say it's the story of Sandfly, a "debugger" sent to fix a robot on an experimental spaceship. Sci-fi, yep. Not heavy, hard sci-fi. Very character-driven. And voice....

The voice of these novels is what really grabbed me. The plot is awesome, the characterization top-notch...the pacing, descriptions, everything, no complaints. Spot on.

The voice, mind-blowing.

Especially when you consider the point of view they're written i...more
Joe Young
An outstanding story based in a universe where class subjugation is enforced by the Masters by using chip surgically implanted in the head of the working class at a tender age of ten. The society has come together after many wars and is justified by religious hierarchy loosely based on Islam. The working class (debuggers) have an ability to communicate using their implanted chips and access all data that is accumulated defining nano technology, robotics and other smart technology they exist to m...more
Oscar Garcia
What if, in a alternate future, the Muslim religion is the dominant power in our universe. The "debuggers" who repair the advanced technological machines that carry out all the needs of this male-dominant society of "Masters" are themselves enslaved by implants in their heads which allow them to engage with the machines they are sent to repair with the help of the "stream". Data is "streamed" into their heads instantly and allows the debuggers to do their jobs and communicate with each other in...more
Michelle


Sandfly, GrimJack, and HardCandy are debuggers. What’s a debugger? On Kerry Nietz’s Earth, debuggers are the best tools you can own. They have full access to the shared information of the stream, they are fabulous problem solvers, they can repair just about any bot or ship that malfunctions, and best of all they are more adaptable than bots and able to think on their feet. Debuggers, are human slaves, and they wear their chains inside their heads nestled atop their gray matter.

Their teardrop sha...more
Nathanael
Kerry Nietz has done an exceptional job with his debut novel. A Star Curiously Singing seized me from the very beginning. The descriptions of Sandfly‘s technologically advanced society seemed very realistic; the constant interaction with robots reminded me of the best of Asimov‘s fiction. At the end, though, it was not the science that impressed me most about this book. It was the fiction.
Nietz’s characters are all extremely well-drawn out. His plot kept me guessing until the end. His writing...more
Janet Sketchley
In a dystopian future of Earth with advanced technology and a repressive global regime, to be a tech geek is to be a slave. Anyone (usually male) chosen for this role at age 10 is implanted with a chip that allows him to wirelessly connect to machines, computers and serv-bots—-to “stream” to them—-and to perform necessary repairs.

These people are called debuggers, and Sandfly is a good one. He does what his master orders, and rarely gets “tweaked” for disobedient or dangerous thoughts, although...more
Pete
I don’t try to be a Grinch when reviewing novels. I’m just hard to please. But this novel pleased a lot. The author builds a fascinating and believable cyberpunk world where a data flow--like an advanced wireless-internet--is constantly available and waiting to be ‘streamed’ by specialized humans with implants. Where implanted humans and intelligent robots are controlled by a backward-thinking ruling class locked into a form of Sharia Law. And the lead character is faced with challenges made uni...more
Morgan Busse
From the first chapter, I was hooked. The book is written from the first person point of view (we see the world through Sandfly’s eyes). His role as a debugger leaves him in a needed but barely tolerated role in this futuristic Islam society. I was fascinated with the idea of being connected with the Internet and all the information available via an implant. However, that same implant also ensures you obey. If you think an angry thought about your master (the one who owns you as a debugger), you...more
Timothy Dean
COME, FREEHEAD, TO THE STARS

"A Star Curiously Singing"
is an offbeat, unconventional and absolutely enchanting read.

I love stories - I have since childhood - all kinds of them, crossing genres and periods. If an author can rub words together, conjure a world and people it with complex characters, I will follow him or her just about anywhere.

So I'm pleased to report - I will go with Kerry Nietz to the stars.

Fast forward five centuries. One particular religious/cultural group dominates this brav...more
Tyler
Synopsis: Sandfly is a level-12 debugger. He has a chip implanted in his head that allows him to obtain virtually any piece of information very easily. Each debugger is owned and controlled by a master that can cause the chip in his head to painfully reprimand the debugger when not explicitly following directions. Sandfly is sent up into earth's orbit to repair a robot that has torn itself apart after a journey into deep space. Sandfly begins uncovering a mystery that the new world leaders have...more
Chas Funderburg
" ...everybody serves somebody." Machines serve debuggers, and debuggers serve their human masters. Which is fine until a group of scientists embark on a mission to a distant start, which sings a new song via what the book calls 'the stream.'

I found the book hard to keep up with, at first, but once if got the hang of the lingo, it started to make a lot of sense, and it reminded me of the world we live in today. The real battle today is the battle of philosophies. The 'Christian' point of view an...more
Kyle Pratt
Jan 25, 2013 Kyle Pratt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian science fiction fans
In "A Star Curiously Singing", author Kerry Nietz fully develops a dark dystopian, but believable world. On this future Earth sharia law prevails, polygamy is common and women are covered from head to toe. But, even more frightening, conformity is obligatory. Those few allowed to think outside of required norms are mere slaves, their very thoughts controlled by pain. From the first page to the last, we see this Orwellian world through the eyes, and the mind, of one such slave, Sandfly.

Nietz had...more
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
Strong Christian SF novel with great worldbuilding skills.

Sandfly is a Debugger-a worker hooked up to the stream and blocked to prevent thinking about any topics that would go against his masters. One day he is sent up into space to do a job. A servbot has been torn apart on the maiden voyage of a star flight to Betelguese. It's up to him to puzzle out the mystery, before lack of tube sleep drives him insane.

I loved the world. It's set in a cyberpunk far future where Islam is dominant and where...more
Lydia Presley
This book was not available for me to check out from my library. It's not available on the bookshelves in Barnes and Noble for me to look through - so without the INSPY awards, I can guarantee you I would have never purchased this book and taken a chance on it.

So thank you INSPYs for putting this book on my radar and for forcing me to take that leap and read a book that totally blew me away.

Christian Sci-Fi - what does that label make you do? Does it make you wince and imagine some hokey story...more
A.K. Meek
This is the first book by Nietz that I have read. At first I was skeptical at the thought of sci-fi intertwined with overtly Christian ideas, but decided to buy it on a whim. I am glad I did, for the following reasons.

The first thing I noticed about the writing is that it’s intelligent. You will not find a phrase such as, “He was very, very, very happy.” Nietz (and his editor) took great care in providing a clean, clear story. It did not force emotion, but let it play out through dialog and Sand...more
Ruth Mills
Five Stars- small comments of 'flaws' aside this book will be one that I think about, reference, and suggest to others for a long time to come.
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Kerry Nietz’s A Star Curiously Singing is the tale of a future, theocratically dominated earth as told through the eyes of Sandfly, a member of a subservient, yet technologically advanced social order called debuggers.

What fascinated me most about this book was the universe itself. Most classic science fiction (and I would qualify...more
Carol Parsons
Kerry is an exciting new addition to the science fiction community. A Star Curiously Singing is the first in his Dark Trench Saga and is a gripping story from page one. Although I usually don't like first person stories, Star is masterfully done and is a sure fire page turner. Even if you don't particularly care for science fiction A Star Curiously Singing is worth reading.
Jon Handler
I love the tone and pacing of this book. Very dreamy but also hard edged. I also am really enjoying high tech futurism... Somewhat like John C Wright in that regard, although it's less centrally placed.
Having trouble putting it down!

Done. Awesome!
Chris Schaeffer
Completely unexpected gem. I randomly bought the Kindle book for a dollar because it sounded interesting. A mix of science fiction, mystery, and spiritual commentary.

Finding hidden treasures like this book makes reading unknown authors worth the risk.
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Paul
Interesting premise. The book presented a dystopia where a twisted interpretation of Islam dominates.
Joyce
This is a very thought provoking read. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.
Marion Hill
Interesting premise for SF novel. A culture controlled by Sharia law and the main character, Sandfly, has an implant in his head that is controlled by his master called an Abdul. Sandfly is a debugger and sent to a space station to repair a robot that tore apart. However, he hears this signing and is trying to determined where is coming from. I must admit I could not get emotionally attached to the character. He felt distant and disconnected. I did like the aspect of the Muslim culture in the st...more
Waseem Sadiq
Fun to read, although a bit to theological at certain points
James Thompson
Great sci-fi book and I rarely read sci-fi
Jacob
I have been watching Marcher Lord Press for some time now. I was very excited to order this book, in fact, i ordered all 3 books in the series. The first thing that caught my attention was the title, A Star Curiously Singing. Most fantasy books seem like they are trying to accomplish too much. The Epic of This or The Legend of That. But not Nietz. He knows his story and he stays true to it. A Star Curiously Singing is not a grand spectacle, but rather a peek into the life of one man, Sandfly.

San...more
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