With nods to Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama series and the real science of Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves, a touch of Hugh Howey’s Wool, a powerful tale of space travel, adventure, discovery, and humanity that unfolds over generations.
In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth’s solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go?
Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer...more
My path to this book was a meandering one. In my day job I repair computers: recover data, replace screens, cleanup malware, that sort of thing. A few years back a woman came into my shop when an external hard drive of hers had failed. Unfortunately, the mechanical damage to the drive was too extensive for me to be able to recover any data in my shop, so I recommended a place out of state she could send the drive to. This usually happens once or twice a week, and I promptly forg ...more
Swinburne's Lesson: "Noumenon" by Marina J. Lostetter
I would encourage you to consider the potential for speculative fiction to help us all drop our lazy assumptions about Realism, mimesis, and how any writing made up of words upon a page ever really relates to or captures some discernible, locatable "real world."
As someone who prefers poetry over novels, I turn to speculative fiction, weird fiction, science fiction for the same sort o ...more
Sound familiar? I mean, we've had stories like this for many generations aboard this starship and have discussed AIs for as long. We've had a long line and a recent bout of great novels touching upon all these aspects, such as KSR's Aurora and Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, not to mention Tchiachovski's Children of Time, to mention some of the very best among the lat ...more
I loved the way the chapters were divided into stories that moved smoothly from generation to generation, run through with the constant of the ships' AI, I.C.C. I wasn't completely surprised by some of the things that ha ...more
We start with the astrophysicist who discovers the target star at a time when mankind is sending out many fleets of starships for this sort of goal. The story shifts forward decades at a time, following the Noumenon mission of Convoy 7 and its cloned crew as well as its ...more
The narrative follows one of twelve deep space expeditions on a mission to investigate a distant star that seems to have a structure surrounding it and obstructing its light. Is this ‘natural’ or ‘made’ by another species? Due to the time involved to carry this undertaking - eons - Earth decides to man the convoys with clones specifically chosen to ensure its success, including mostly the exper ...more
Ignore the misleading description. There is nothing, at all, "hard scifi along the lines of Neal Stephenson's Seveneves" in this novel. The "science" included is laughably imaginary - you'd probably have to go back to 1950's scifi to find such poorly executed fantasies.
*Mild Spoilers in the first ~30 pages*
They need a crew to go investigate a mysterious star. In order to find the most compatibl ...more
Earth sends out an expedition to investigate a star with anomalous readings that suggest it might, maybe, be enclosed in a (partial) Dyson sphere. For some reason that requires a fleet of a dozen ships with 100,000 souls on board, to have the population updated by generations of cloning. So it's like a generation ship, but not expecting to c ...more
The story is easily comparable to Neal Stephenson's Seveneves (which I loved, and fans of that book wil ...more
It consists of 9 well connected stories taking place over 2000 earth years. I loved the overall plot, the episodic nature and the developing A.I., all of which grabbed me and caused me to read nonstop. But ultimately, I don't think there was as enough character depth or creativity in the individual stories. At times, it read like a YA no ...more
The star's mystery is addressed somewhat but not completely, which left me feeling a bit frustated with the plot. The writing is a little uneven, especially in the beginning two chapters, and at times reads like YA. Charac ...more
I really wasn't feeling this one and after slogging through Six Wakes I couldn't do it a second time. ...more
Told in parts from various points of view, this story spans hundreds of years. It is less about the discovery and more about the inner workings an ...more
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The humanity is expanding. Earth is sending the firsts giant generational starships inhabited by clones to explore the galaxy. Noumenon tells about one of those travels: an expedition towards a distant star, named LQ Pyxidis, whith intriguing ...more
This book was absolutely amazing! I honestly wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. Normally, I don't like books that jump time or perspectives, but with this book, it keeps everything flowing and helps the surprise. Lostetter's writing is absolutely beautiful and so smooth that even reading the technical aspects were pleasant. I loved I.C.C. and how the author contributed such a strong emotional bei ...more
"The real science of Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves" - you have no shame, -1 star for this balant lie.
So, gushing aside, here is a brief summary: In the year 2088, a far-away star is discovered that seems to defy the laws of physics. A convoy of scientists aboard 9 ships is sent on a deep space miss ...more
This sounds like it might get confusing. It's not. The ...more
So ultimately I was left disappointed.
So I really enjoyed reading this - it kept my attention, it was a fun and interesting read, I found the different perspective switches intriguing rather than fragmented.
BUT. I woke up in the middle of the night after finishing it with a burning question: WHERE THE HECK WERE THE ARTISTS AND WRITERS? Expert anthrolopogists/sociologists built an ENTIRE ideal society but didn't populate it with any artists or writers or musicians or creators? What. It just seems like ma ...more
This wanted to be the Wool Trilogy but it was more like Toby Litt’s Journey Into Space or The Loneliness Of Distant Beings by Kate Ling.
This story has lots of the elements of sci-fi that I enjoy so much. I liked how the chapters would each jump ahead by decades and you'd get the POV of another clone 3 lives later, or even from I.C.C. I thought the family dynamics were really interesting with how the children were raised.
Overall, an intriguing story which I enjoyed.
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Reggie shrugged. "Maybe I am."
"Here's something I think glass-half-empty people always fail to consider..." He paused.
Reggie pursed his lips and raised an eyebrow.
With a flick of his wrist, McCloud had the beer in his hand. In the next moment, he poured it down Reggie's front.
"AUGH!" Reggie sprang up trying to jump away from the liquid that had already soaked through to his skin. "What the hell?!"
McCloud laughed. "It's not the empty that leaves an impression, is it?”