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A thoroughly enjoyable hard SFspace opera While it s book 3 of The Nanotech Succession I had no trouble reading it as a standalone The universe is also the setting of later books Edges and Silver which I read first making this for me something of a preuel to those books detailing the experiences which shaped some of the main characters For those coming to Linda Nagata s work through the Inverted Frontier books this is a highly recommended uick fix while waiting
for Let me begin this review by stating that I read this novel not knowing it was the third in a Let me begin this review by stating that I read this novel not knowing it was the third in a Nowhere on the book or in my library s description
Was This Mentioned Guess I this mentioned Guess I go to Goodreads from now on I found the story dense and very difficult to follow I have read hard SF for ears and this is normally not a problem for me I would think that even going into the final book in a series one should be able to at least follow along with what is going on I simply could not Not my best read but I do not know if I would have felt the same had I read volumes 1 and 2 Vast The Nanotech Succession 3 by Linda NagataAn amazing finish to this epic taleWe have Lot Urban Nikko and some other friends along for the ride The interplay of each of these characters in and out of various relationships with each other and how that affects the many plot twists and turns is very textured and well nuanced This has been an incredible ride I read about 2 sci fi books a month and have been for the past 10 All That Man Is years This book really stands out as one that made me think very hard about my own existence Linda Nagata is an extremely talented author that writes as if she had been there and experienced every page Not everything makes sense right away sometimesou are confused as a reader as to the motives of the characters or the relationships but that s ok ou are an observer trying to make sense of the world the characters live in It s this honesty the book is written in that makes her such a great author It s also this honesty that prevents the book from becoming a major bestseller 5 out of 5 That was a tough read Big Confusing With no clear plot And no clear timescale Lot s of ideas Upload Nano Philosopher Cells Interstellar Nano dust A cult organ cell I liked bits of this very much And other parts were just overwhelming And then it basically petered out I suppose if I were read this series straight through overwhelming And then it basically petered out I suppose if I were read this series straight through order it would feel different but maybe not I m not sure what I just read 25 of 5 It s magnificent and hard sci fi and wonderful and packed with science fiction And als. Aboard Null Boundary a giant starship thousands of ears old four survivors of an ancient alien war are making a desperate journey Lot son of a fiery prophet and carrier of an insidious virus that spreads a cult like religious mania among those it infects; Urban Lot's boyhood friend from the city of Silk and a man in search of challenge and adventure; Clemantine cast adrift when her world was destroyed and e. E with alien technology or when they are physically changed by alien beings into some new form that threshold has certainly been crossed Vast is that rare thing a character driven hard sci fi novel I would describe much hard sci fi as plot andor technology driven which is by no means a bad thing but lends itself to a certain kind of narrative Vast combines the huge scope of interstellar space
with the small world of a few people living together on a spaceship Events are pushed forward by decisions made the small world of a few people living together on a spaceship Events are pushed forward a few people living together on a spaceship Events are pushed forward decisions made the characters almost always by consensus The experience of reading Vast provides a proof of theory the theory being that reading the middle book out of a series of science fiction books will not result in an enjoyable experience About a third of the content in Vast must hopefully rely on the content of the two previous books The characters are sketchy they make references to past experiences that are vaguely explained and the plot seemed to appear fully formed out of nothing Never again will the enticing words of a sci fi reviewer prompt me to jump into the middle of a seriesAnother negative is that Linda Nagata s writing was an obstacle to enjoying the story When uniue points in the story were reached Nagata could not deliver the words to adeuately describe the scene Her descriptions all seemed to float within her vision of her created world which is expected but they failed to link back up with my mind residing in the real world And I think that such links are an important part of making science fiction relevantOn the positive side there are a few passages with insightful contemplations on what it means to be human At some point in our existence the development of digital data and processors will be so complex that storing every synapse connection in our brain will be possible At such a point the human that is us will continue to live alongside us in digital form inside a processor And et should our human form pass will the digital us still be us It would have added some needed psychological depth to Vast if this philosophical uestion were made into an actual stress point in the plotAbout half way through I found myself reading Vast with the goal of reaching the end of the book From my perspective this goal is one step above the goal of not completing the book at all It has been my observation that truly great books captivate and inspire throughout their journeys and that reaching the end of any one of their journeys becomes something of a disappointment Vast was or less a vast journey that I was happy to see end. Ndary's crew is driven to find out though in their uest to discover the source of the Chenzeme they must also explore the terrible truth of their own past the meaning of revenge and the price each one of them is willing to pay for survivalThe Nanotech Succession is a collection of stand alone novels exploring the rise of nanotechnology Vast is the culmination of the strange and fascinating future that follows. ,
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Ideas And On The and On the Boundary a spaceship travelling across the vast universe several people may be all that s left of humanity albeit from different planets and through nano and bio technology they may not be recognizeable to humans of today But those differences dramatic as they are may not be enough an incomprehensible alien race the Chenzeme has mercilessly attacked humanity everywhere it s been found with possibly automated war machine One of those machines is following the Null Boundary now and they expect to encounter as they head into Chenzeme space searching for some kind of answers or meaningThis is the third book of a series that began with is the third book of a series that began with Bohr Maker or arguably fourth as there is a preuel as well I ve heard some places say that each of the books can be read independently and while that s or less true of the other books this This won t be so much a review as it is a ruminationThe science fiction genre has been a fertile breeding ground for a number of tropes but the commonest refrain is How much can human beings change and still be recognized as human In this book we see humans adapted for much can human beings change and still be recognized as human In this book we see humans adapted for covered in scales with long prehensile fingers and toes an organ called a kisheer that helps them breathe in space and lenses that cover their eyes We see humans created in artificial wombs woven together from artificially merged zygotes We see humans with a new mental structure called an atrium which allows them to make insubstantial pattern copies of themselves these are referred to in the book as ghosts which can later be incarnated allowing for functional immortality and allowing their physical bodies to die over and over again We see humans who can edit their emotions purge their fears with drugs repair their bodies with nanobots called Makers We see humans who adapt alien neural organs adding them to their own tissues We see humans whose ghosts spread through and live within machines as the souls of huge organic spaceships only occasionally manifesting as physical beings The most recognizably human character both in physical nature and in motivation is Lot a half human half alien being who exudes emotional substances called charismata that can affect the people around him infected by an alien virus that motivates him to spread the cult of communion to others At what point do these changes cease to be human and move into the realm of metahumanity It s not easy to determine a precise point but when humans have changed so much that they can merg. Arning for revenge; and Nikko sometimes a living man but always the ship's disembodied mindThey are bound into unknown territory Ahead of them loom vast lightless clouds of dust and gas where stars are born and where the alien Chenzeme are believed to live The Chenzeme are an enigmatic race whose automated warships have ravaged the living worlds of the galaxy's Orion arm for millions of ears but why Null Bou.