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Involution Ocean (The Harlan Ellison Discovery #4)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  287 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Románový debut kyberpunkového věrozvěsta Bruce Sterlinga je mistrovským příkladem čistokrevné dobrodružné science fiction přetékající originalitou. Odehrává se na planetě Nulakva. Jde o zcela nehostinné místo, kde se životu přesto podařilo uchytit alespoň v hlubokém kráteru s dostatečnou zásobou vzduchu. Dno kráteru pokrývá oceán prachu, dosud neprobádaný zdroj vzácné drog ...more
Paperback, 191 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Ace (first published January 1977)
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Dragon's Egg by Robert L. ForwardEchoes from the Lost Ones by Nicola J. McDonaghInvolution Ocean by Bruce SterlingMetropolitan by Walter Jon WilliamsFlatland by Edwin A. Abbott
In a strange place
3rd out of 55 books — 15 voters
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules VerneMeg by Steve AltenSphere by Michael CrichtonThe Beast of Cretacea by Todd StrasserThe Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke
Oceanic/marine science fiction
95th out of 99 books — 152 voters


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Jessica
A good book that could have used a better editor. Sterling is brilliant at alien ecology, but occasionally schlocky at other things. He'll ellide key action sequences or spend pages setting up characters who disappear for the rest of the book. And his science has some holes, or at least fuzzy areas, particularly in the sudden, expository ending.

However, he's created a gorgeous world: an ocean of dust swimming with fantastical creatures and surrounded by 70-mile-high cliffs. Particularly stunning
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Anca
Aug 18, 2015 Anca rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read
I read this for the first time as a teenager, and really enjoyed it. The protagonist isn't entirely likable, but he's plucky and inventive, and the setting is just amazing.

The world of Nullaqua has a single habitable zone - a 70-mile deep crater that is filled with an ocean made of dust. The human society on Nullaqua is a conservative and religious, kind of like Menonites. Sailors sail the dust ocean, capturing and killing dust whales, whose flesh sustains the economy and whose guts can be disti
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Apr 15, 2015 Otherwyrld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nicolas
Dans ce roman, Bruce Sterling revisite un certain nombre de standards du roman d’aventure. De Moby Dick à Vingt mille lieues sous les mers, les références sont nombreuses et ont en commun un thème principal : la mer. Car ce roman, même s’il se passe dans un environnement rappelant Dune, n’est qu’un roman marin avec ses éternels poncifs : l’escale et ses beuveries, la tempête, l’attente dans une situation périlleuse. Alors, bien sûr, l’auteur maquille ça en SF en utilisant une mer de sable sur un ...more
Hazel
Feb 02, 2016 Hazel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I liked the main character on his quest to feed his drug addiction. I was pleasantly surprised how much detail went into life in the dust ocean, instead of the focus being purely on drug addiction. A really eerie environment, with 70 mile high cliffs, an enigmatic bat-lady-alien, and the inquisitive Desperandum. The reveal at the end was a little unsatisfying, but overall it was a joy to read!
Jay Clement
Feb 05, 2016 Jay Clement rated it liked it
Sort of Moby Dick on a sand ocean planet. Some fantastical elements that were diverting, but I didn't get the final point of this Ahab's quest. Not bad, but...
Pavel
Dec 31, 2010 Pavel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Popisovaný svět prašného kráteru Nulakvy je natolik zajímavý, že bych si o něm s potěšením přečetl i více. Pokud jste četli (výborný) Schismatrix, možná vás na počátku zahltilo množství reálií z prostředí tvárných a mechanistů. Zde je vše přímočařejší a jasnější, i když ne tak, aby to byla nuda. Při čtení jsem si vzpomněl i na mé oblíbené Setkání s Rámou od Clarka - asi proto, že oba autoři popisují menší, víceméně uzavřené světy, skrývající různá tajemství a u obou jsem se s každou další stránk ...more
Fishface
This is just the kind of sci-fi story I like -- it gives you a good, close look at another world. in this case it's about a very dicey romance set on a whaling ship working an ocean of dust on a world almost totally without water.
Michael Burnam-fink
Jun 26, 2012 Michael Burnam-fink rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2012
The simplest way to describe Involution Ocean is Moby Dick meets Dune. A sybaritic drug user signs up with a whaling ship that sails on an ocean of dust to obtain a sure supply of the exotic drug Flare. No book could match up to greatness of those two, but Involution Ocean moves quickly, and sketches out a fascinating and mysterious world in the Great Dust Sea.
Bryn Hammond
May 03, 2012 Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Moby Dick on an alien planet, in a dust sea; the captain who hunts the whale has taken the name Nils Desperandum. Need I say more? I read this numbers of times. I couldn't follow him into his later work. Championed by the great champion of unusual and terrific sf Harlan Ellison, whose forward tells us Sterling "writes like a cynical angel." I'll shut up after that.
Lynne
May 06, 2012 Lynne rated it really liked it
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An ocean made of sand on which ships sail? Yes, on the Involution Ocean. Great tale in the classic style of sailor stories and Dune-like in that creatures live under the sands. Another great story spun by Bruce Sterling.
Simon Lindsay
Apr 05, 2011 Simon Lindsay rated it liked it
Nice one, I can't quite bring myself to believe in the dust sea, but nice idea.
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Michael Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which helped define the cyberpunk genre.
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