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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Eos; Reprint edition (June 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380803518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380803514
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,858,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this exuberant if jumbled concluding volume of Goonan's Nanontech Quartet (Queen City Jazz, etc.), the microscopic machines of the 22nd century have gone beyond creating sentient cities and controlling all communications on Earth they are themselves evolving. When mysterious lights point to an alien presence and disappearing people arouse stark fear, three human survivors, including Argentine refugee Angelina, set out to solve the mystery and measure the threat to humanity. A lot of picaresque adventures ensue. Angelina's travels take her from an authoritarian Argentina across the Atlantic in a robot ship to North Africa, then in a mysterious one-way train to a nano-ruled Paris, accompanied all the while by a sapient doll (evolving toward humanity) named Chester. Nothing that happens to the other two, elderly Jason Peabody and his sidekick, Dania, is quite as interesting, until the Crescent City devolves into its original function as a spaceship and rides into orbit. As part of a grand scheme, humans and nanos eventually merge into a single entity linked to Earth. Readers new to the quartet will find the action hard to follow, while others may be put off by the author's at times less than polished narrative technique. Nonetheless, this classic novel of ideas, with state-of-the-art technology as its subject, remains the work of a powerful imagination with a superior command of language. (June 7)of Time.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

When Crescent City, the sentient hub of a world reinvented by nanotechnology and cosmic revelations, falls under attack by pirates, Jason Peabody, one of the few remaining humans who remembers a time when the world relied on external communications for connections, undertakes a journey to unlock the secret behind the changes that have come to the world. Accompanied by Dania, a visionary who preaches the art of "seeing," Peabody travels halfway around the world in search of the one man who can reveal the truth to him. Goonan brings her "Nanotech Quartet" to a satisfying conclusion as she draws together threads from previous novels (Mississippi Blues, Queen City Jazz, Crescent City Rhapsody) and links them through the personality of a determined and dedicated young man in pursuit of the truth. Recommended, along with other series titles, for most sf collections.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Kathleen Ann Goonan is a writer, critic, and, presently, a Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she teaches Creative Writing and Literature.

Her 2007 novel IN WAR TIMES won the prestigious Campbell Award for Best Novel of 2007. Her first novel, QUEEN CITY JAZZ, was a New York Times Notable Book and a British Science Fiction Award finalist, and her second, THE BONES OF TIME, was an Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist. CRESCENT CITY RHAPSODY and LIGHT MUSIC were Nebula Award finalists.

Well-known for her Nanotech Quartet, Goonan's speaking engagements include appearances at Utopiales in Nantes, Kosmopolis in Barcelona, and at many universities. She has published over forty short stories, some of which are collected in ANGELS AND YOU DOGS, which will be released from PS Publishing in the fall of 2011.

She has this to say about THIS SHARED DREAM:

THIS SHARED DREAM evolved, as do most of my novels, from a variety of currents and influences. Chief among these were Eric Kandel's IN SEARCH OF MEMORY. Kandel, a Nobel laureate, has done extensive research on the biological roots and pathways of memory--how it is created, how it is stored, and how it re-emerges in certain conditions. In his book, his memories of his family's flight from Vienna following Krystallnacht in 1938 are interspersed with his growing appreciation of the mysteries of memory.

But THIS SHARED DREAM is in the main a family saga about lost and unevenly distributed information, and about how differing memories among siblings create their present. It is also about retrieving lost memories, lost parts of the self, and re-integrating them into one's present being.

It is about the nature of time and consciousness, and identity. It is about music, communication, and the potential of children when they have a science-based educational environment that meshes with and enhances their natural developmental.

Mostly, though, it is about the tenacity of love, and the power of love to heal.

Kathleen Ann Goonan can be reached for interviews via kathleen@goonan.com, www.goonan.com, and www.goonan.com/blog.

This Shared Dream website is www.thisshareddream.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book starts off with great promise, but then simply goes on and on and ----. The whole light/energy/music concept is done to DEATH and as I reached page 300, I just couldn't stand it any more. This is one of an extremely small number of books that I literally chose to close and never reopen. I simply didn't give a damn what happened to anyone in it, and that is a great indicator of poor writing at worst, poor editing, at least. The characters are interesting when you are first introduced to them, but then they go nowhere as the book progresses. Each character can be counted on to behave exactly as he/she did from their introduction. I read The Bones of Time a while ago, and I seem to remember that it too became tough to get through as it reached its last hundred pages. Goonan apparently needs to learn how to "cut to the chase" when it comes to plot development and resolution. I would not recommend this book unless you have a bunch of time to kill on a long flight, and can hack reading basically about the same thing stated a few different ways for almost four hundred pages.
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I agree with what the other reviewers have said. Both the one saying that the ideas are near genuis and the one saying that the book is a difficult read. This is part three or four of an amazingly ambitious work. It was the book I happened upon first. Now that I've read Mississippi Blues, I feel sure this book will make more sense and I intend to go back and read it again. I don't suggest beginning with this book - but I do suggest reading it. I'm not that taken with Marie, but I loved the character Zeb. I guess I identify more with a crazy scientist than with a voodoo princess. Actually, I think I could go the rest of my life without reading any more about voodoo. But I did enjoy the New Orleans setting. Few writers would dare tackle a work this sweeping in scope. In fact, it boggles my mind how ANYONE could tackle such a huge work (other than possibly Vernon Vinge). But I'm glad she did.
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By Gary S. Norton on May 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a SF reader for sixty years, it is difficult to find new authors I enjoy. This author's narrative is among the best. Her ideas are original and clever.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In the latter part of the twenty-first century, nanotechnology is about to take man into the next evolutionary leap. Then continuous, mysterious, and unstoppable signals from space created The Silence, a state where radios, television and the net were inoperable. Crescent City was created in the Caribbean Sea, a sentient life form meant to be a repository of all human knowledge.

Crescent City will one day turn itself into a space ship but before that could happen, pirates attack and destroy the coordinates needed to take the ship to it's proper destination. Jason Peabody and Dania leave Crescent City for Johnson Space Station in Houston where they can retrieve the coordinates the city so desperately needs. Their journey through a world altered by nanotechnology and decimated by plague is the stuff of legends.

On one level, a person has to be a super genius to understand all the scientific concepts put forth in LIGHT MUSIC. On the other hand, if the readers are willing to let their imaginations flow freely, they will enjoy a fascinating story line populated with characters that are all too human despite their genetic differences. Kathleen Ann Goonan is a writer on the cutting edge of literature.

Harriet Klausner
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