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Stross’ novel Saturn’s Children (2008) took place in a twenty-third century devoid of humans but replete with androids, including a professional sexual companion with no more biological customers left to service. This equally inventive follow-up occupies the same universe, albeit thousands of years later, featuring a new metahuman protagonist named Krina Alizond-114, whose consciousness can be beamed across light-years of space into newly fabricated bodies. When her sister, Ana, unaccountably goes missing, Krina sets out for Ana’s last known home base—the water world of Shin-Tethys—but she doesn’t get far before her ship is seized by pirates. While their captain, Count Rudi, chivalrously offers to ferry Krina to Shin-Tethys in order to meet Ana, his real motive is shadier: capturing a fabled and powerful monetary instrument called the Atlantis Carnet, of which Ana and Krina are part-owners. Readers new to Stross’ densely packed prose and profusion of ideas may want to switch to lighter fare. His many fans, however, will find the author’s usual wealth of futuristic scenarios and technological extrapolation enthralling. --Carl Hays
Praise for Charles Stross
“Where Charles Stross goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow.”—Gardner Dozois
“Stross sizzles with ideas.”—The Denver Post
“Charles Stross may be the science fiction field’s most exciting writer.”—SFRevu
“A new kind of future requires a new breed of guide—someone like Stross.”—Popular Science
“The act of creation seems to come easily to Charles Stross…[He] is peerless at dreaming up devices that could conceivably exist in six, sixty, or six hundred years’ time.”—The New York Times
“Stross’s brand of gonzo techno-speculation makes hallucinogens obsolete.”—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Pirate Cinema
An outstanding piece of speculative fiction, with a murder mystery wrapped in a banking scandal, spanning millennia and multiple light years. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael P.
I ve loved the reflexion about the way money could work in an interstellar universe.
Action is also quite breath taking.
Overall is a very nice Sci Fi reading with a lot of twists and interesting concept and ideas allover. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Abdiel
Even better than Saturn's Children. A really great book on a future slower-than-light society that has gone interstellar. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The ending was abrupt but I guess I just wanted more. Other then that it was a spectacular read through and through. Can not wait to read another one of Strosses books.Published 3 months ago by Kenyatta T. Harris
Yet another new novel by the very prolific Mr. Stross. And yet again I fell into the temptation of buying and reading it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nigel Farquharson
This is certainly the worst Charles Stross book I've come across. While I'm a fan of his other work, and have read most excluding some of the short-stories, this one disappointed... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peter Wake