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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638027
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638028
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,808,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tony Daniel is the author of five science fiction books, the latest of which is Guardian of Night, as well as an award-winning short story collection, The Robot’s Twilight Companion. He is Hugo finalist for his story “Life on the Moon,” which also won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award. Daniel’s short fiction has been much anthologized and has been collected in multiple year’s best compilations. Daniel has also cowritten screenplays for SyFy Channel horror movies including cult-favorite, Flu Bird Horror, and during the early 2000s was the writer and director of numerous audio dramas for critically-acclaimed SCIFI.COM’s Seeing Ear Theatre. Born in Alabama, Daniel has lived in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Prague, Texas, and New York City.  He now lives in North Carolina with his wife and two children.

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The Guardian of Night has a stolen artifact onboard with great powers.
Arthur W. Jordin
Too much internal dialog and meandering narrative at times....it seemed the whole first half was simply setup and at times, ponderous.
C. Thomas
The science in this science fiction is also well thought out, and gets deeply, but clearly into the weird world of quantum physics.
Jerry Wright

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Wright on March 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
Okay, Clancy's "The Hunt For Red October" is the skeleton of this really excellent novel, but that isn't as important as the way the story is told. The meat on these bones is a well told story of an alien race who perceives parasitism as the pinnacle of evolution, and they, being the best parasites, win.

But although the leaders feel this way, and are great at stealing and utilizing tech from their subdued foes, they have internal foes in the form of Mutualists, who feel that perhaps parasitism is not the highest form of being. And this internal dissension is the only thing that saved the Earth from being totally destroyed.

Tony Daniel's creation of not only the "sceeve" the alien race that uses scent and pheromones for communication, but the A.I. "Servants" who work with their humans to overcome the alien foes, are both excellently done. Although perhaps the sceeve are a bit TOO human in many ways, it does allow the reader to understand "The Poet" and Ricimer, the captain of "Guardian of Night".

If you have the opportunity, you should go to the Baen website and read the short story Tony posted about the trial of one of the A.I. Servants. A very moving and deep look into a potential partner of humanity.

The science in this science fiction is also well thought out, and gets deeply, but clearly into the weird world of quantum physics.

I thoroughly enjoyed "Guardian of Night", and I think you will too.

--Jerry
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By peter darbyshire on February 20, 2012
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I never know what to say about Tony Daniel's work because, unlike many other SF writers, he resists categorization. Sure, this is a typical SF novel about humanity besieged by an invading, technologically advanced alien race. Sure, it's a typical SF novel about an alien artifact. Sure, it's a typical SF novel concerned with the extrapolation of current research, especially all things quantum. Only it's not a typical SF novel at all. It takes all the genre conventions and tropes and does so much more with them. Tony Daniel isn't writing about the future. Tony Daniel is from the future -- the future of science fiction. Do yourself a favour and check this out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rick on October 9, 2012
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For me, Guardian of Night seemed one or two edits short of for a published novel. I found the book a little too serious for casual reading and yet too simplistic for serious hard-science fiction. In addition, the story seems very compressed, as though the author had planned a series of books but was forced to condense them into one volume.

I have two major stumbling blocks with Guardians of Night and they kept me from enjoying the novel more than I might have had a little more time been put into its writing and editing. Of course, what bothers me may not bother you or may be completely off the mark. Still, I'm the only person whose reaction I can truly comment on, so here goes. I won't put in specifics because I don't want to spoil your read if you decide to buy or check out the book.

1. Alien names and alien actions are so similar to humans there's little to distinguish one from the other. While you don't need an alien name like Musvxyy!uu, it would be nice to have a quick sense of "alienness". And, even on earth, different cultures have different ways of acting and reacting. For the most part, the aliens in Guardians of Night could have been from Kansas or France or Japan: you couldn't tell from their actions.

2. Science and interruptions to explain it. It's part of the genre Science Fiction. Some authors are good at explaining and integrating scientific advances in their stories. Others--Heinlein and Asimov come to mind--take advanced science the same way we take cellular communications and simply accept it as part of their world.

Imagine you're writing a science fiction story in 1960 that takes place in 2015. The protagonist is watching a movie on his portable device when a call comes in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Maceachern on September 21, 2012
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As other reviewers have pointed out, this book is basically Hardfought meets Hunt for Red October. It doesn't bother me--even Shakespeare jacked most of his plots from earlier writers, and I'd much rather read Macbeth than Holinshed's Chronicles. Quantum technobabble abounds in Guardian of Night, and I'm ill-equipped to appreciate it, but TD keeps it relevant to plotting and character development. The prose is easy readin' and the alien poetry is moving in its context. I thought the coolest thing about Guardian of Night was the alien bad guys' olfactory language. Tony Daniel's imagination is hard SF to the core--wine aficionados may be familiar with the idea of poetry in a flavour or smell, but advanced grammar and cryptography? The characters are often wry, sometimes sophisticated or silly. They do tend to speak and think with the same voice at times. The political allegory is tongue-in-cheek but insightful and applied with a light touch.

There's other reviews on here that give a much better summary of the book's contents. I'll just say that I enjoyed it thoroughly and will recommend it to friends. I hear TD has taken a day job these days, and I very much hope he continues to write his particular brand of SF so I can keep reading it.
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Tony Daniel is the author of five science fiction books, the latest of which is Guardian of Night, as well as an award-winning short story collection, The Robot's Twilight Companion. He is Hugo finalist for his story "Life on the Moon," which also won the Asimov's Reader's Choice Award. Daniel's short fiction has been much anthologized and has been collected in multiple year's best compilations. Daniel has also cowritten screenplays for SyFy Channel horror movies and during the early 2000s was the writer and director of numerous audio dramas for critically-acclaimed SCIFI.COM's Seeing Ear Theatre. Born in Alabama, he has lived in St. Louis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Prague, and New York City. Daniel is currently an editor at Baen Books. He is married and has two children.

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