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The Tau Device

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  9 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Lory Gato enjoys a privileged life, hopping from world to world, sending reports of his gourmet experiences to those back home, who can't afford the stars. He gets sent to T'negi 36, an out of the way planet where humans have a small presence. As new kids on the galactic block, humanity get the scraps — T'negi 36 is nearly airless and it'll be a long time before it's fit t ...more
Kindle Edition, DRM edition, 262 pages
Published March 17th 2016 by Self published
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May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed “The Tau Device”, and the story subtly pulled me in with its quirky writing style given through the voice of the main character, Lory. Fans of science fiction will find this book to be an enjoyable, fun and interesting read. The book offers plenty of new and interesting sci-fi elements, and new settings which are full of curious ‘creatures’. The plot moves forward smoothly, and at no point did I feel bored with the story. The story is somewhat strange, but in a quirky way, in that it g ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very humorous, sci-fi novel. Science fiction books are too serious in tone for my tastes so I usually don’t like this genre. However, this book was different because it was quite humorous from the get go. Lory Gato is not your typical protagonist, that is true, but most of the fun actually comes from what the 'greedy bots' say in the book. I would bet that if I were with any two of them I would have been institutionalized pretty soon (just joking). Even several passages of the narrative are hi ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lory Gato's earthly life as a businessman and a gourmet comes to an end as soon as he is sent to an unusual planet where humanoid bots have a stronger presence than humans (humans in fact, constitute just a small minority). Technically they are much more advanced (and somewhat even sympathetic to the situation of their human guest 'Lory', I would like to add) than humans on Earth can ever hope to be, and the author spares no bones to make that as evident as possible throughout the novel. Things ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even for die-hard sci-fi readers the first few chapters maybe a tad difficult to read because there is a lot of information condensed in those chapters; however, reading them is crucial to understanding the depth of the book. From the get go, the premise of the book is as weird as you get, yet I could not help but turn page after page. The romance between the protagonist of the book and Jih Liasse fits the plot perfectly given its strange and unique nature; I don't need to tell you that this is ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If humanoids, aliens , spirits and mind-reading are your forte then definitely give this a try. The narrative may look a bit off at first but provided that you are patient with it you are going to be entertained more and more as the novel progresses. There are even quotable sayings such as "after destruction comes growth". The narrative is clever and masterful - it shows the author's depth of knowledge about technology (as well as the limits to which it can be stretched), and I liked the fact th ...more
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is indeed a very deep and surreal novel which might be somewhat confusing to first time readers (well it was to me anyway). A lot of stuff in the novel gained much deeper significance as I read my way beyond the first half of the novel (for instance the importance of Pagnate which seems to the base of P’Nong technology and without which the latter would not even exist). In between the funny and somewhat benign bots as well as the 'what-is-it-that-got- to-me' Lory who seems to have a hard ti ...more
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I grew up in and around Burnley, Lancashire which is in the North of England. I spent a lot of time in the local library and the bookstore, mostly reading SF and Fantasy. Having taken so much from the genre, I think it's about time I put something back - at least that's what I tell my wife.
I'm a CIMA qualified Management Accountant which means I get to use spreadsheets (yippee!). I have four child
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