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Lost in Transmission Mass Market Paperback – March 2, 2004

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Book 3 of 4 in the Queendom of Sol Series

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Architect Conrad Mursk's story continues from The Wellstone [BKL Mr 15 03] with the aftermath of the Children's Revolution and the long journey in the Newhope to Barnard's Star, where, upon arrival, the exiles face the growing pains of a new colony, which prove more terrible than anyone expected. The technology of faxes, which allows one to print out fresh selves as needed, becomes almost unsustainable without a strong industrial base; hence, death returns to their civilization with a vengeance. Worse, Bascal Edward, now king, shows signs of madness induced by decades as the only one awake on the Newhope. Conrad decides to take action after a visit by copies of the monarchs of the queendom of Sol piques his curiosity. He makes another revolutionary move, stealing the cryogenically frozen dead to take them back to Earth, where they can be faxed to health. Fortunately, this worthy sequel detailing the fascinating development and inevitable decline of the Barnard's Star colony has enough loose ends to make another, equally engaging sequel a necessity. Regina Schroeder
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"An ideal blend of wit and superscience, set in a brilliant future age when wealth and immortality just aren't enough. McCarthy gives an adventurous new spin to the ongoing rebellion of the young."
-- David Brin

"A standout job...full of action, humor, top-notch speculation and intriguing characters...Such ambition and creative playfulness should serve this book well when award lists are made up."
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"If Robert Heinlein had written Lord of the Flies, he probably would have come up with something like The Wellstone."
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"Wil McCarthy considers post-scarcity economics, leadership politics and immortality--all in an adventure that would have made Robert A. Heinlein proud."
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (March 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553584472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553584479
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,140,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel Roy on March 21, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up this book on a whim, based on the strange summary of immortals cast out of their home, and unaware that there were two previous books tied to this story. I would recommend that you pick up 'The Collapsium' and 'The Wellstone' before delving into 'Lost in Transmission', but know that the book stands formidably on its own.
I tend to avoid so-called 'hard scifi' books because I prefer a good story to a clever bit of scientific extrapolation. I find hard scifi books to dwelve too much into scientific exposition, as they seem to be too much in love with their own concepts to care about their characters.
This is partly true of Lost in Transmission, but it's far from annoying. The science displayed in this novel is, to be frank, absolutely stunning and well worth the expositions, especially as its workings have major consequences on the rest of the story. Not only does McCarthy tackle a frighteningly original and awe-inspiring concept, but he takes the time to think on its consequences on human life.
And that's what stands so perfectly at the core of this novel... It's the way the technology forms the basis of a fascinating study on human psychology, of a humanity that has no more material need and knows immortality. The protagonists are given this gift, then it slowly falls away from them as the story progresses.
The structure of the novel might seem disjointed, but it is perfectly appropriate for the nature of the story, that of the life of an immortal. The main character changes his mind a few times, gets close then drifts away from friends and lovers... In that regard, the story's pace is perfect for an immortal life, if quite unconventional.
Another thing I found awesome with this novel is the fact that there is no Bad Guy and Good Guy in this story.
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By A Customer on March 2, 2004
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In the twenty-sixth century earth time, mankind has achieved immortality through the fax and duplicating clones that can be used at a moment's notice. In such a society the children have no hope of making a mark because what can they do that their older and wiser parents can't? Some young rebels turn to piracy, revolution and other acts of violence that upsets the status quo. These rebels are caught and their punishment is to take the OSS Newhope to a world light years away and colonize it for a thousand years.
The former rebels make it to planet P2 and at first it looks like they will have the freedom to pursue their dreams. However, the planet is short on tracer metals needed to keep people healthy and young. As the technology wears out, there is nothing to replace it and for the first time these immortals know what final death is. One brave former revolutionary conceives of a plan to rescue some of the population but it is history that will judge whether he is a hero or a pirate.
In LOST IN TRANSMISSION readers will find that immortality leads to stagnation and a need for the status quo, a situation that drives the second generation of immortals into rebellion so they can break free of the social constraints. The irony is that when they "grow up" in tens of centuries they are much like their parents except for a few "old" revolutionaries who are not content with their situation and intend to change it (sounds like the love children of the sixties). Will McCarthy has written a fascinating book about a future the audience hopes will never come true.
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Lost in Transmission is the third of Wil McCarthy's novels set a few centuries in the future in the Queendom of Sol (and successor states). I have enjoyed all these novels, and I feel they are improving as the series continues. One reason for this may be the increasing dark tone -- the first novel was in some ways a Tom Swiftian tour of fun technology, while the subsequent novels have focussed increasingly on the human problems of McCarthy's future. I rank Lost in Transmission one of the best SF novels of 2004.

All three books are set in a wondrous technological future, based largely on programmable matter and on instantaneous matter transmission. Crucially, the latter wonder also leads to near immortality: one can be maintained at any desired age by filtering software in the "faxes," and one can be reinstantiated from stored copies in case of accident. In the first two novels, we saw how this bounty led to near-utopian conditions, but how human nature represented the snake in that garden. The first novel, The Collapsium, is an episodic story in which the great scientist Bruno de Towaji thrice saves the Solar System from destruction. Here the problem is human jealousy and the great power available from such high tech. In the second novel, The Wellstone, Bruno's son Bascal and his friends, frustrated by the place of youth in a world of immortals, play a number of increasingly dangerous pranks, and end up exiled to Barnard's Star.

Lost in Transmission, then, is the story of the journey to Barnard's Star and the effort to colonize one of the planets of that star. The main character, as in The Wellstone, is Bascal's close friend Conrad Mursk. Conrad is First Mate of the Newhope, their starship. His lover Xiomara Li Weng, or Xmary, is the Captain.
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