There's something annoyingly artificial about the way the characters are written. They go along with mad ideas just because the plot requires a crew for the protagonist's quest. The events that li ...more
evildrganymede is livejournal’s local expert on brown dwarfs, published and everything, so he can correct me. Briefly put, brown dwarfs are star-like objects which lack suffic ...more
For some reason I found this hard to read quickly, but it was still engagin ...more
Mais reprenons du commencement. Dans ce roman, on suit d'abord les aventures de Rue Cassels, une jeune femme qui, par un jeu de circonstances de l'ordre de l'extraordinaire (2), se retrouve en possessi ...more
"The discovery that made interstellar travel possible was made in 1997; but at the time no one recognized its significance..."
So opens Permanence, set in the 25th century, when humanity has settled dozens of extrasolar planets -- the so-called "lit worlds" -- and thousands of brown-dwarf colonies -- the halo worlds. All the colonies were linked by big, NAFAL starships, each travelling a fixed circuit of worlds -- the cyclers . The cyclers never stop, as the energy cost to boost them to relativ ...more
Rue Cassels steals her inheritance, which includes part-ownership of a ship, in order to escape her older half-brother and forge a new life for herself outside of his control. While in transit, she stumbles upon on unregistered comet, and stakes a claim, making her wealthy... but things only get more complicated when the comet turns out to be a cycler, a starship that runs on a cycle around the dim, chilly worlds that have been colonized between stars, like Rue's. Cyclers haven't been coming by ...more
This book is a top notch sci-fi read, blending new ideas with a classic feel, and has immediately catapulted Karl Schroeder into my favorite authors list. This book falls into the category of hard sci-fi, but with interesting characters, a well thought out story, and some philosophy thrown in for good measure.
The scientific concepts that are integrated into the setting offer a look at some of the more recent ideas about what exists between solar systems, from Kuiper Belt objects to Brown Dwarfs...more
The primary protagonist of the story, Rue Cassels, is an amazing young girl who is force to quickly grow into strong young woman after being thrown a few fairly crazy life twists. When the book starts, her brother is attempting to sell her into slavery, only to have that turned on its head when she discovers of an abandoned starship and is ...more
I much enjoyed the worldbuilding, the civilizations came across as this-century modernizations of classic Golden Age SF Human Empires, and really worked. The technological constraints of High Sapce versus the halo worlds with regards to travel also permitted engaging space race scenarios to deve ...more
The biggest example here is to have a magic scienc ...more
This book makes the author someone who I want to keep in mind ...more
But aside from that, from page one this book just sucked me in. So many "sense of wonder" moments, a fascinating backstory and a set of conflicts, and very human characters trying to make sense of it all. Perhaps one of out five scifi books I read has this combination. When it finished, I d ...more
Recommended for SF enthusiasts and people who like thinking about what it would take to build human civilizations beyond Earth with (mostly) conceivable technology.