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Up against it, M.J. Locke

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Up against it
Title
Up against it
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M.J. Locke
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eng
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Review
  • In this debut novel written by a professional engineer and set on the asteroid colony Phocaea, a group of space-born high-school students amuse themselves by hacking matter compilers to produce dancing skeletons, using their rocket-bikes to salvage methane ice shrapnel that flies away when the colony brings in a big (and vital) rock of the stuff, and figuring out how to avoid the ubiquitous surveillance motes that are the million eyes of ’Stroiders, a reality-TV show that spies on the colonists’ daily lives for entertainment back on Earth. Then the brother of one of the young men is killed in a freak accident. The accident reveals that the colony is facing a water crisis. Jane, the resource-management specialist in charge, discovers that the accident and the crisis were probably arranged by the Martian crime syndicate, which wants to control the colony. And then there’s this rogue AI from somewhere . . . . Thrills, action, real characters that you come to care about, and a true sense of what it would be like to live in a space colony—Locke has given all these. Here’s hoping to see more books from this writer. -- Murray, Frieda (Reviewed 03-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 13, p38)
  • Compulsively readable and packed with challenging ideas, this hefty debut is set in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Asteroid colony Phoecea survives by using nanotech to process huge chunks of methane ice, until sabotage by the Martian crime syndicate throws everything into jeopardy. Meanwhile, a feral AI is evolving within the colony's computer net, intending to spread throughout the solar system. The humans who have to cope with these threats are competent, endearing, and believably frazzled: Resource Commissioner Jane Navio has to make life and death decisions while watching her public approval rating fluctuate, and teen Geoff Agre and his rocketbike-riding friends make heroic choices while squabbling with their families and each other. Locke has created a believable ecosystem of struggling, competing, sometimes uncomfortably interacting components, where trust is betrayed painfully, but allies appear unexpectedly. Most of all, this smart, satisfying hard SF adventure celebrates human resilience. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 31, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 05, p)
  • The asteroid colony Phoecia is undergoing a water crisis that Resource Commissioner Jane Navio suspects might be an attempt by the Martian mafia to take over the world. Complicating matters, an AI (artificial intelligence) goes rogue. Locke's debut, a refreshing blend of hard sf and topical issues, introduces a resilient heroine who faces her challenges with resourcefulness and courage. VERDICT Fans of technically sound sf should enjoy this well-constructed adventure set two centuries from now. --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed February 15, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 3, p105)
  • Disaster threatens the survival of an asteroid colony in Locke's part thriller, part survival epic (as Laura J. Mixon, she wrote Burning the Ice, 2002, etc.). In Phocaea's unforgiving environment, survival itself is a relentless struggle. The asteroid needs a steady supply of volatiles, especially water and methane ice, to survive. But while processing a huge ice shipment, something goes wrong with the nanotechnology disassemblers, resulting in an explosion and partial meltdown; only the quick and heroic actions of four teenagers, Geoff, Ian, Amaya and Kamal, prevent an even worse disaster, though Geoff's brother Carl dies. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, the one ice shipment close enough to Phocaea to be of help is owned by Ogilvie & Sons—better known as the Martian mafia. Commissioner Jane Navio knows all about the Ogilvies—she was on Vesta when they engineered a coup and enslaved the colony—so she immediately suspects that the explosion was no accident. Ex-marine Sean Moriarty soon finds evidence of Ogilvie meddling, though Phocaea's political bigwigs don't believe it and insist that Jane accept Ogilvie's ruinous terms. Even worse, Phocaea's sophisticated computer systems have spawned a rogue Artificial Intelligence that must be contained before it wreaks dreadful damage. And the secretive Viridian cult, bioengineering whizzes shunned by ordinary humans, may have struck their own bargain with the Ogilvies. Locke's precariously wild frontier is inventive and intensely realized; her characters do dirty-hands jobs and aren't afraid of making difficult decisions. Gripping, well-rounded hard sci-fi, satisfyingly concluded while nicely poised for sequels.(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2011)
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DLC
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Locke, M. J
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3612.O249
LC item number
U7 2011
Literary form
fiction
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Life on other planets
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Up against it, M.J. Locke
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Control code
802250
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
416 pages
Isbn
9780765315151
Lccn
2010036538
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Label
Up against it, M.J. Locke
Publication
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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802250
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
416 pages
Isbn
9780765315151
Lccn
2010036538
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780765315151

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