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Preview — Ventus by Karl Schroeder
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Ventus is a large-scale hard SF adventure novel in the tradition of Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, and Arthur C. Clarke. Karl Schroeder, a physicist and writer, is a winner of Canada's Aurora Award. His novel The Claus Effect, written in collaboration with David Nickle, was called the best first fantasy of the year by Science Fiction Chronicle, and now his first SF novel launc...more
But even the summary on the back gives it away: this is the planet Ventus, a terraformed human colony that's ruled by rogue AIs now called Winds. The outsider kidnaps this young ma ...more
It was the perfect way to while away a day where I seem to have a touch of flu or something wrong with my inner ear. Highly recommended to anyone who likes a good science ...more
from his site:
Ventus is a novel of information apocalypse set in the far future. For a thousand years the sovereign Winds have maintained the delicate ecological balance of the terraformed planet Ventus. Now an alien force threatens to wrest control of the terraforming system away from the Winds...
Jordan Mason, a young tradesman, is thrust into the midst of an ancient galactic conflict when he becomes ...more
Also characters are pretty unceremoniously killed off or have their arcs tied up. It'd be like "and then he died", end of chapter, or "by the way this guy died in the fight last chapter. So anyway..."
Plotline: Huge plot, nothing is straight forward and interaction with the complex premise is masterful
Premise: Astounding, at times incomprehensible, but the logic finally gets there.
Writing: Simple descriptive, flowing
Ending: Oh yes. Somehow a good ending
Pace: Never a dull moment!
Filled with wonderful surprises, gigantic mysteries.
A great read and a great talent.
"A large-scale hard SF adventure novel in the tradition of Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, and Arthur C. Clarke."
THE WORLD AND TECHNOLOGY. A thousand years ago, nanotechnology seeds were sent to Ventus. That technology transforms the planet so that is habitable, and that technology was intended to make the world a wonderful place for later settlers. But the intelligences controlling the nanotechnology (the "Winds") ignore the settlers, refuse to do their bidding, and seem to barely tolerate them. The settlers now live in a late-Medieval/pre-industrial ...more
It seemed to take forever to get through it, but I did it and it was worth it. I had always been a little intimidated by hard sci fi, even though as an English major I've slogged through many tough Victorian novels and have watched my husband chew through sci fi novels like candy. But since I'm not a "science" person (I actually really love technology and scientific advancement and all that) I always thought I would be a little lost while reading a book like Vent ...more
Two investigators from a technologically advanced intergallactic civilization are on V ...more