Probability Moon (Probability Trilogy #1)
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The more interesting, to me, is the story of man's exploration of a network of wormholes built by a long-gone alien race.
In many systems, kin to homo sapiens populate habitable planets.
There is an antagonistic alien race called the fallers who's aim is to repel human explorers back to their home system.
Upon this back story is the main thread: explorers visit a planet called "World".
The inhabitants have a sort of religion called "shared reality".
The book has a small piece of what you might call classic Star Trek, 4X space computer game sci-fi (Earth vs. the Fallers) but mostly concentrates on th...more
The story is told through four narrators: two researchers, one ex-military officer, and one native. It would have been better told through thr...more
Kress weaves together a story that relies upon sociology, quantum physics, neurochemistry, and in some parts geology. Unfortunately the subjects become tightly bound, and if you miss the expositive infodump on one topic, then you lose the thread of the novel.
The alien society (of the Star-Trek-rubber-forehead variety, and Kress handwave...more
As it turns out I didn't get to start it until I got home. I guess the trick to sleeping on airplanes is to bring enough reading material for 50 hours of travel time. I was so loaded up with book...more
Humankind has expanded out into interstellar space using star gates-technological remnants left behind by an ancient, long-vanished race. But the technology comes with a price. Among the stars, humanity encountered the Fallers, a strange alien race bent on nothing short of genocide. It's all-out war, and humanity is losing.
In this fragile situation, a new planet is discovered, inhabited by a pre-industrial race who experience "shared reality"-they're literally compelled to share the same world
I saw this book recommended by the good folks at io9, so I found a used copy to start off this 3 book series. I'm about a third of the way through so far, and the plot points are getting kind of confusing. We have a stargate type network with xenocidal aliens trying to destroy all of humanity, but Earth has found a superweapon orbiting a planetary system that can help defeat the aliens. Sounds like a good space shoot-em-up book right?
Most of the story so far is centering around the pla...more
The major scientific theme is physics based and requires at least a basic understanding of quantum mechanics to follow the explanations. And although anthropology is mentioned a great deal, the sociology is more implied than discussed thoroughly.
The characters were well-developed and I en...more
The science in the science fiction is a little offensive...there's enough to make it pretend to be hard, but it's treated to loosely to really be hard SF. Particularly troublesome is that most characters are scientists but, well, don't act like scientists.
The tie-together of the two plots doesn't really occur until midway through the sequel. As it is, it seems strange that we're getting these two disparate plots, which are minimally connecte...more
This is one of those books were you know it is set and a small part of a wonderfully created larger universe that you are dying to see and then in books two and three you see it.
I was totally engrossed by the layers of story-telling--the team on the planet, trying to figure out the reason that all the people on the World shared reality; the story behind Enli's being declared Unreal; the team in the ship, tensed and prepared for war--all of it well-told, well-paced. I admit I didn't follow everything about the strong force and the wave, but I accepted it and moved on, propelled by the desire to know what happened...