The Resource Ancestral night, Elizabeth Bear

Ancestral night, Elizabeth Bear

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Ancestral night
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Ancestral night
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Elizabeth Bear
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eng
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"Halmey Dz and her partner Connla Kurucz are salvage operators, living just on the inside of the law...usually. Theirs is the perilous and marginal existence--with barely enough chance of striking it fantastically big--just once--to keep them coming back for more. They pilot their tiny ship into the scars left by unsuccessful White Transitions, searching for the relics of lost human and alien vessels. But when they make a shocking discovery about a long-thought-dead alien species, it may be the thing that could tip the perilous peace mankind has found into war"--
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  • The first book of a space-opera duology tackles questions of identity, neurology, physics, and government. Engineer Haimey Dz and her crewmates encounter an ancient alien technology and find themselves of great interest to both pirates and the interstellar government. Haimey becomes infected with an alien parasite that allows her to comprehend space in a strange new way. Traveling across the galaxy with the aid of these new powers, she and her family (including two lovable cats) search for a long-hidden artifact. To cope with her traumatic past, Haimey relies heavily on an implanted technology to fine-tune her emotions and memories, but when she ends up stranded on an alien spaceship in the company of an unreliable yet compelling pirate, she must venture into her own history to find out who she really is and what she’s capable of. Bear's (Stone Mad, 2018) narrative skillfully balances world building, believable characterization, themes of the nature of self-determination and morality, and the wonder of discovery—plus space pirates! Ideal for fans of C.J. Cherryh, Ann Leckie, and Iain M. Banks. -- Anna Mickelsen (Reviewed 2/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 11, p37)
  • The disappearance of the Koregoi civilization has baffled historians throughout time. The few artifacts on display in museums give only clues as to what might have happened. So when salvage operator Haimey, her crew member Connla, and their AI, or "shipmind," Singer, discover a relic ship, they are certain it is Koregoi. While exploring its interior, Haimey determines that something terrible happened and prepares to take it home for further study. Before she and the others have a chance to set their course, they are attacked by pirates—Freeporters—who live well beyond Synarche law. Letting the ship go, Haimey and the others are thrown into survival mode and work their way back home, but getting there is rife with peril. The Koregoi may have a tale to tell, and Haimey may be a conduit—and she might have the opportunity to heal her past and right a wrong for an entire civilization. Though this space opera isn't for newcomers to the genre, teens who appreciate science and love diving into deep space will flock to it. The narrative is action packed from the beginning, plunging readers in the language and culture of Haimey's world: fascinating species, an AI who banters while performing vast calculations, and an all-too-human protagonist. VERDICT For devoted sci-fi fans.—Connie Williams, Petaluma Public Library, CA --Connie Williams (Reviewed 05/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 4, p108)
  • /* Starred Review */ Anyone who enjoys space opera, exploration of characters, and political speculation will love this outstanding novel, Bear’s welcome return to hard SF after several years of writing well-received steampunk (Karen Memory) and epic fantasy (the Eternal Sky trilogy). As an engineer on a scrappy space salvage tug, narrator Haimey Dz has a comfortable, relatively low-stress existence, chumming with pilot Connla Kuruscz and AI shipmind Singer. Then, while aboard a booby-trapped derelict ship, she is infected with a not-quite-parasitic alien device that gives her insights into the universe’s structure. This makes her valuable not only to the apparently benevolent interstellar government, the Synarche, but also to the vicious association of space pirates, represented by charismatic and utterly untrustworthy Zanya Farweather. While fleeing Zanya, Haimey and her crew discover a gigantic, ancient alien space ship hidden at the bottom of a black hole at the center of the galaxy, and at that point, things start getting complicated. This exciting story set in a richly detailed milieu is successful on many levels, digging into the nature of truth and reality, self-definition vs. predestination, and the calibration of moral compasses. Amid a space opera resurgence, Bear’s novel sets the bar high. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 11/12/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 46, p)
  • From the author of The Stone in the Skull (2017, etc.), the first of a space opera trilogy featuring gabby pirates, a giant intelligent mantis, and a narcoleptic cat. The galaxy is governed by the multispecies Synarche, though we're told little of how it operates. Operating on the economic fringes are engineer Haimey Dz, her partner, pilot Connla Kuruscz, and their spaceship/AI, Singer, who make a living by locating and exploiting space wrecks. Their latest acquisition, horrifyingly, turns out to be the murdered remains of a vast, ancient spacegoing alien. Human pirates have stripped the corpse of its advanced technology, but after investigating, Haimey finds she's acquired a nonsentient parasite that occupies her skin and confers strange new abilities to sense and manipulate gravity fields and navigate in hyperspace. This, we'll eventually learn, is part of an elaborate piratical scheme to force Haimey to face the past she's suppressed and divulge a secret she doesn't know she knows, resulting in a confrontation between Haimey and sociopathic pirate Zanya Farweather—clearly the intent all along. Their opposing views on just about everything form the centerpiece of an extended debate contrasting immature and irrational human sociopolitical mores with, ultimately, the mature, reasoned forbearance displayed by powerful aliens. Bear, then, offers plenty of big, bold, fascinating ideas in a narrative that culminates in a double showdown with a dazzling array of said thoughtful beings, but to get us there the plot has to wheel through highly improbable convolutions. The main characters—MacGyver-ish Haimey with her angst-y self-censorship, absurdly dull Connla, a chirpy know-it-all AI that natters on about politics—annoy more often than they appeal. The whole package contrasts somewhat unfavorably with Bear's fantasy works, where the characters realistically inhabit fanciful landscapes and stories grows organically from their interactions with it and each other. Impressive at the core. Readers who relished the Jacob's Ladder trilogy will certainly enjoy this one. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2018)
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Bear, Elizabeth
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813/.6
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no index present
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fiction
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True
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White Space
Series volume
book 1
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  • Space vehicles
  • Salvage vessels
  • Interplanetary voyages
  • Human-alien encounters
  • Antiquities
  • Alien artifacts
  • Technological innovations
  • FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Opera
  • Alien artifacts
  • Antiquities
  • Human-alien encounters
  • Interplanetary voyages
  • Salvage vessels
  • Space vehicles
  • Technological innovations
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Ancestral night, Elizabeth Bear
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on1032288242
Dimensions
24 cm.
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First edition.
Extent
502 pages
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9781534402980
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2018017492
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Ancestral night, Elizabeth Bear
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1032288242
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
502 pages
Isbn
9781534402980
Lccn
2018017492
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1032288242

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