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The Gravity Pilot

3.09  ·  Rating Details ·  43 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
It is the polluted and gritty future, saved, sort of, by technofixes. Young skydiver Orr Sitka wants no more from life in future Alaska than he already has: a woman he loves and the chance to dive. When he makes a reckless, record-breaking jump that catapults him into celebrity, he's courted by corporations that want to exploit his talent to make him a sports media star.

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Published March 15th 2011 by Tor Books
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Mick
Mar 23, 2014 Mick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
The first page was great; the prose was lean but evocative. I felt like I was in hands of great strength that were playing a soft and delicate tune, every word chosen with care. This author had a _vision_. The first fifty pages continued the impression. The world-building is evocative; people clinging to an ecologically ruined world, an extreme version of the connected shut-in experience of the modern internet denizen. The lead is compellingly simple, his relationship with his girlfriend tender ...more
Shara
Dec 21, 2011 Shara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise: ganked from BN.com: It is the polluted and gritty future, saved, sort of, by technofixes. Young skydiver Orr Sitka wants no more from life in future Alaska than he already has: a woman he loves and the chance to dive. When he makes a reckless, record-breaking jump that catapults him into celebrity, he’s courted by corporations that want to exploit his talent to make him a sports media star.

The dangerous jump that wins Orr infamy turns out to be a breaking point for his loving girlfr
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Skyqi
Jul 22, 2015 Skyqi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the year 2068 and the future is bleak. The environment is polluted and humans are living inside
dome structures and underground cities to survive. Orr is a 22-year old skydiver who becomes famous
after attempting a dangerous jump from the stratosphere. His girlfriend, Dyce, wants him to quit the sport and move with her to Seattle where she has a new job. Orr can't give up skydiving and lets Dyce leave alone. After his famous jump, he is offered a lucrative contract and the opportunity to sk
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Andrew
It started out pretty good, but it seemed to get bogged down in I'm not entirely sure what. The main character, Orr, had no desire to be the main character and it felt like he was pulled unwillingly through the entire book. He seemed to just kind of drift through every scene he was in.

Vera, I don't know what her deal was, but she was pretty unlikable.

The world building was very nice, it gave us glimpses as the story unfolded until you got the entire picture of the world.

The twist at the end di
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Norman Howe
May 22, 2015 Norman Howe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
In the polluted skies of the mid-21st century"," Orrpaaj Sitka is an extreme skydiver"," to the dismay of his girlfriend Dyce. When his exploits draw the attention of Vera Luce"," a media producer"," Dyce leaves him to take a library job in Seattle. But Orr finds his new celebrity is sapping the enjoyment from his hobby. Meanwhile"," Dyce has become addicted to an online world called “Cyto.” Now Orr must escape from his media contract"," and rescue Dyce from a living death.This is actually a Sci ...more
Sdluvingit
Set in the polluted future where virtual reality substitutes for most actual activity Orr Sitka, a young skydiver, finds fame and loses his great love. All he wants is to be able to ride the winds and get his girlfriend back while others have designs on exploiting both. This is an interesting look at the possible world in 50 years with interesting characters and a lot of skydiving; it almost, only almost, makes you want to go jump out of a plane (and that's a good thing).
LordOfDorkness
Sep 22, 2012 LordOfDorkness rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
A top notch book. M. M. Buckner is a very skilled author.

Kristin
Mar 30, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Read from 2/27 - 3/6.
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Mary M. Buckner is a hard science fiction author with an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University. Her first novel, Hyperthought was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick award, and War Surf won the award in 2005.
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