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Vast (The Nanotech Succession #3)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  279 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Aboard "Null Boundary," a giant starship thousands of years old, four survivors of an ancient alien war are making a desperate journey: Lot, son of a fiery prophet and carrier of an insidious virus that spreads a cultlike religious mania among those it infects; Urban, Lot's boyhood friend from the city of Silk, and a man in search of challenge and adventure; Clemantine, ca ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 3rd 1998 by Bantam Spectra
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Oct 20, 2014 Tomislav rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book is one in a very loosely related sequence. #3 and #4 share characters and plot concepts, so those should be read in order. The order of the others doesn't really matter.
1) Tech-Heaven (1995)
2) The Bohr Maker (1995)
3) Deception Well (1997)
4) Vast (1998)

The book started well, giving some explanations for what had happened in the previous volume, and re-establishing the universe in a more easily comprehended way. Four post-human incarnations from Deception Well (Lot, Urban, Clemantine, N
Jan 30, 2016 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the Null Boundary, a spaceship travelling across the vast universe, several people may be all that's left of humanity, albeit from different planets and through nano and bio-technology they may not be recognizeable to humans of today. But those differences, dramatic as they are, may not be enough... an incomprehensible alien race, the Chenzeme has mercilessly attacked humanity everywhere it's been found with possibly automated war machine. One of those machines is following the Null Boundary ...more
Linda Nagata's, Vast, was another of those 'big idea' sort of novels that always draw me in. Part of the reason I can never turn one of these stories down is that I truly believe that one can't be a dummy and write something like this that is crammed full of philosophical and scientific questions. I like reading what smart people have to say about stuff.

Well, Ms. Nagata must be very smart, because she wrote a heady book here. I'm not entirely sure of it's publication history, but I believe this
Eddie Novak
Jul 29, 2012 Eddie Novak rated it liked it
This is the type of book I would normally give 5 stars to without question or hesitation. Some of my own shortcomings ruined the experience for me though. Biology has always been a weak subject for me and ecology I just don't know enough about. These subjects do fascinate me, but in order to enjoy a book I need to visualize it and I'm terrible in that department. So there was a disconnect between being in awe of the ideas presented and trying to visualize them.

This book is a lovely, well written
Mar 20, 2014 Tamahome marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
(io9 post about aliens) "The Chenzeme get my vote. The starship pursuit that comprises the first half of Vast is the most relentlessly weird thing I ever read."

"Definitely an exciting, imaginative, weird novel. Recommended." -- Bryan
Jun 17, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
I started reading this expecting a standard "space opera" type novel, but got something different and weirder (in a good way!) A lot of the plot involves the crew of the "Null Boundary" fleeing from a "Chenzeme" ship and their subsequent attempts to locate where these ships are coming from.

I was hesitant to start with "Vast" because there are a few books that come before it, but I had no trouble understanding what was going on. Highly recommended for fans of Alastair Reynolds/Vernor Vinge type s
Aug 21, 2011 Andreas rated it it was ok
These three very loosely connected novels span thousand of years. Nagata writes competently about a future in which humanity is first technologically lifting itself off earth, and finally scattered about a hostile universe. I enjoyed them even though Nagata does two things which annoy me. The first is that the novels are in parts rather boring. Nothing much happens. The other thing is that she can be very depressing. Vast especially makes me feel just a bit too small in a vast (heh) universe.

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Aug 22, 2011 Robert Boyd rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
As in a lot of hard science fiction, the characters here were very weak. Instead of being cliches or stock characters, however, they seemed like motiveless characters. I look to hard science fiction for interesting ideas based on scientific speculation. I don't expect beautiful writing or brilliantly conceived characters, but in Nagata's case, the characters were positively boring and made it hard to get involved with the story.
Aug 19, 2011 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was really interesting. I hadn't realized that there were other books that came before, but I don't think it detracted from my reading of it that much. The characters, with their varying interpretations of humanity, interacted in what I found to be believable ways.
Aug 17, 2011 William rated it really liked it
So many concepts, MY BRAIN.
I'll probably read this again in a few months so I can fully take it all in.
Sep 30, 2007 Jerico rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great medium-hard, transhumanist space opera. Rather underrated author, for some reason or another.
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Linda Nagata grew up in a rented beach house on the north shore of Oahu. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in zoology and worked for a time at Haleakala National Park on the island of Maui. She has been a writer, a mom, a programmer of database-driven websites, and lately a publisher and book designer. She is the author of eight novels including The Bohr Maker, winner of th ...more
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