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Night Sky Mine

de Melissa Scott

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"In Night Sky Mine, Scott weaves a complex future society, rich in political and economic detail, that contours the life of young Ista Kelly, the only survivor of a pirate raid on an asteroid mine. Ista is now a teenager, hip and computerwise. In fact, Ista spends a lot of her time in cyberspace, where AI programs reproduce themselves like rabbits and chickens and cats and sometimes like dinosaurs and mythical monsters. Scott has taken the cyberpunk subgenre of SF to another stage in Night Sky Mine, to a universe of cyberspace rich in self-replicating programs in danger of evolving out of human control." "This is the story of Ista's quest for her true identity in a future where you cannot live without an official identity. She must leave the security of her home on a trading ship and return in secret to the isolated mine where she was discovered as a baby. There she encounters and must overcome a menace hidden by the huge interstellar Night Sky Mining Corporation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved… (més)
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This is an excellent LGBT novel – strong on relationships without sexual distractions; Scott's a Lambda-Award winner – and probably a lot better than I rated it at 2**, but I just don't care for cyberpunk and found all the "flora" and "fauna" of Scott's world confusing. Still, if cyberpunk is your thing, you'll probably find Scott's world-building quite good and rate Night Sky Mine a lot higher than the 2** I've perhaps ungenerously given it. ( )
  CurrerBell | Sep 28, 2017 |
Melissa Scott is one of those authors that is very well know in the field, but never became well know outside of the science fiction world.

In this story, humanity has taken to the stars. Corporations run the stations, governments control the planets, and travellers belong to non of this, doing there own thing, buying, selling, and bartering as they travel across the universe.

Additionally, "Hammals", semi-living, wild computer code, live in the spaces of the the computers. They can be useful, if you know how to make them safe, or they can destroy code, if ever let out of the wild space they live in. Ista is training to be a Hypothecary, someone who goes out to the wildnets looking for useful programs.

Its a good story - written in 1996, we have a diverse group of people, from the gay couple of Rangsey and Tarasov, to the dark skinned Ista. This world is not white, and for the most part, a person is judged on their family and corporations, not the color of their skin.

However, the book isn't perfect. I found it a bit wandering - not always knowing what is happening. Rangsey and Trasov's relationship felt more like close roommates, than a couple. I'm not sure if it because of the time the book was written, or if Scott wasn't that interested in writing relationships that was more sexual.

The first quarter of the book was all over the place. Jumping between the characters perspective was difficult to follow. On top of it, I kept getting them confused, especially Rangsey and Trasov. Once the book settled, it was a solid story. Characters started making sense, the narrative was interesting, and the setting was both familiar and not-familiar. Scott managed to make a fairly typical corporations vs free society story, but added her own twist on it.

The book was written in 1996. And, at times, the technology felt old. But the wildnet makes sense. Scientists are already trying to get programs to write themselves, and with some applications being millions of lines of code- code becoming "Wild" has truth to it.

So, ultimately, a very good book, one that isn't quite up to snuff for a classic, but it should be read anyway. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Oct 16, 2016 |
The world building in this is very, very dense – it reminds me of CJ Cherryh – which made it hard for me to get into to start with, but the effort is certainly repaid by the end of the book. The plotline, in itself, was perhaps a bit simplistic in retrospect: at the beginning of the book we hear about an evil mythological creature that will destroy the world, and sure enough that's the great threat our heroes must face. Likewise the solution is handed to them. Admittedly these coincidences are explained, but if you're looking for clever twists and turns, this probably won't satisfy you; it's a more straightforward, but thorough, exploration of the world and some of the people in it. ( )
  zeborah | Jun 5, 2013 |
Loved this when it first came out, seems like it's holding up so far. ( )
  anderlawlor | Apr 9, 2013 |
Night Sky Mine involves a society where computer programs have their own biology and biosphere, so must be carefully regulated, with only licenced experts allowed to deal with them, and trading in them is a crime. A young woman is apprenticed to one of these practitioners, and becomes involved in a case that two of the local police end up investigating.

A nearby asteroid complex has been abandoned, and no-one knows why. The police think there are higher corporate and political forces at work, here, and set out to discover what is going on.

http://notfreesf.blogspot.com/2006/12/night-sky-mine-melissa-scott.html ( )
  makenew3 | Aug 18, 2009 |
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"In Night Sky Mine, Scott weaves a complex future society, rich in political and economic detail, that contours the life of young Ista Kelly, the only survivor of a pirate raid on an asteroid mine. Ista is now a teenager, hip and computerwise. In fact, Ista spends a lot of her time in cyberspace, where AI programs reproduce themselves like rabbits and chickens and cats and sometimes like dinosaurs and mythical monsters. Scott has taken the cyberpunk subgenre of SF to another stage in Night Sky Mine, to a universe of cyberspace rich in self-replicating programs in danger of evolving out of human control." "This is the story of Ista's quest for her true identity in a future where you cannot live without an official identity. She must leave the security of her home on a trading ship and return in secret to the isolated mine where she was discovered as a baby. There she encounters and must overcome a menace hidden by the huge interstellar Night Sky Mining Corporation."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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