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Vast (The Nanotech Succession) (Volume 3) (edició 2011)

de Linda Nagata (Autor)

Sèrie: The Nanotech Succession (Book 3)

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VAST takes science to the very edges of human knowledge and Science Fiction to a new level of wonder. An impossibly advanced bio-tech ship and its crew are being pursued by an alien craft. They have been hunted for decades and will be hunted for decades more. If they survive. Bio-engineering has given man near immortality but it has also allowed him the time to meet the alien Chenzeme. But perhaps not long enough to understand them. And so mankind¿s greatest and most desperate war has flared across known space. He fights in ships he has been engineered into ¿ melding his consciousness and his physical form seamlessly into the bio-walls and nerve systems of the craft. But bio-engineering cannot remove fear and the suspicion of betrayal. Locked into a headlong sub-light flight from a deadly enemy, the humans on board can neither slow their ship down for a moment, nor communicate with home or their pursuer. For all they know they may be the last humans alive.… (més)
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Títol:Vast (The Nanotech Succession) (Volume 3)
Autors:Linda Nagata (Autor)
Informació:Mythic Island Press LLC (2011), 450 pages
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I picked up Vast after a few commentors on Charlie Stross' blog recommended Linda Nagata's work, and while epic post-humanity fiction isn't exactly my sweet spot, Nagata writes so forcefully and clearly that I finished the book right away.

Nagata's characters are lively and flawed (making them recognizable as people), and the technology at work is interesting and (at times) surprising, but not so odd that it became difficult to follow.

My only complaint is the convenience of a couple plot points; a crew member boards an alien ship and somehow picks up warp-drive nanobots by accident, and in all the vastness of a nebulae, the crew stumbles on the radio emissions of a human civilization, despite the fact they're a bazillion light years from a now-defunct earth.

Otherwise, I really enjoyed Nagata's Vast, and plan to buy a few other novels. If you're a hard sci-fi fan, Vast is well worth a look. ( )
  TCWriter | Apr 15, 2013 |
The final novel of Nagata’s Nantoech Succession is somewhat disappointing.

Nagata’s strengths are again on display here. There is her clever combining of information science and theory with a technology of an often organic sort. With the former, we get recorded and edited and copied personalities which operate in a matrix ranging from computers to something approaching a standard issue homo sapiens body. So-called “cells” – automata running in living matter and, sometimes, the dust scattered throughout solar systems to form a vast processing system – are the organic element.

Her language, particularly in the last four pages, can rise to an astringent poignancy, a clear-eyed look at life and man’s place in the cosmos that somehow doesn’t descend into nihilism or a sense of cosmic horror.

Nagata presents her plot and explanations for her mysteries much more forthrightly than in the preceding novel, Deception Well. That includes an opening prologue which brings the reader quickly up to speed. And, yes, we do get the answers to some of the bigger mysteries of the series.

The plot starts up on the heels of that novel and spans many light years and centuries. We start out with four characters from the end of that book: Lot – carrier of a charismatic plague which has destroyed many human settlements as they became “communions” and dropped out of the human race and, perhaps, existence; Urban – Lot’s friend, one of the few people immune to his charisma; Clemantine – sometime lover of both Urban and Lot but deeply suspicious of the latter’s charisma since she once was under the sway of his similarly cursed father; and Nikko – a minor character in Deception Well and the major character in the earlier The Bohr Maker and not desirous of connecting with memories of his past. These four undertake a quest to uncover the motives and power of the alien Chenzeme whose automated weapons still prowl the cosmos and destroy human settlements. Nikko and Clemantine pursue the Chenzeme out of revenge for injuries they have suffered by them. Lot hopes to discover the secret of the Chenzeme designed plague that is his charismatic ability, and Urban wants the secret of the Chenzeme stardrive. All are aboard the starship Null Boundary.

And there are plenty of interesting concepts and ideas. But things begin to drag in the middle of the novel. I think the problem starts when Nagata not only continues her detailed and logical unraveling of Chenzeme mysteries and technology but also gives us new characters aboard the Null Boundary. Some are resurrected form personalities in the ship’s libraries. Others are “children” though not in the traditional sense. Their presence and the complications they bring into the lives of the four main characters do not sustain the novel’s initial pace. For about eighty pages, the novel slows before another major event happens which puts things in motion for the climax.

Still, if you’ve read the other books in the series, you will want to read this one despite its faults because, again, Nagata gives some answers to her mysteries and some closure in the lives of her characters. It is most definitely not an entry point to the series. ( )
1 vota RandyStafford | Sep 30, 2012 |
Far future, weird technologies/biology, and an endless slower than light pursuit across centuries and parsecs. When I read it, I didn't even know it was one of a series. I'd just read the references in the book to past events as background and scene setting.
So, from my experience, it works very well as a standalone. But now I know, I'll definitely be getting the others. ( )
  dwfarmer | May 19, 2012 |
I just now figured out the [Vast] is the fourth book in a four-book series! Oh well, that makes sense of a few things I guess, but on the whole, I didn't struggle to understand references to previous events too much so I suppose while I would recommend reading the earlier books first (I know I want to seek them out now that I know of their existence) one can still get a great deal out of this if it is read as a stand-alone.

This is wide, wide, wide-screen SF. This is the hardest of the hard SF. This is space opera that makes one's head spin - real big concept science fiction wrapped in a tension-filled chase through space. I suppose if I had to make comparisons some of the authors who come to mind are Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter. Great stuff. ( )
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VAST takes science to the very edges of human knowledge and Science Fiction to a new level of wonder. An impossibly advanced bio-tech ship and its crew are being pursued by an alien craft. They have been hunted for decades and will be hunted for decades more. If they survive. Bio-engineering has given man near immortality but it has also allowed him the time to meet the alien Chenzeme. But perhaps not long enough to understand them. And so mankind¿s greatest and most desperate war has flared across known space. He fights in ships he has been engineered into ¿ melding his consciousness and his physical form seamlessly into the bio-walls and nerve systems of the craft. But bio-engineering cannot remove fear and the suspicion of betrayal. Locked into a headlong sub-light flight from a deadly enemy, the humans on board can neither slow their ship down for a moment, nor communicate with home or their pursuer. For all they know they may be the last humans alive.

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