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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076531777X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765317773
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,602,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This superior debut initially resembles a straightforward YA adventure but abruptly veers into much stranger territory. Various factions struggle for control of the Ring, a colossal space station built around Earth by engineers who turned most of humankind into a group mind called the Community, which promptly figured out how to access other realities and vanished from this one. The few remaining humans genetically engineer their children to form pods of individuals so closely bonded that they function as one person. After stumbling on secret research during a training exercise, the teenage pod called Apollo Papadopulos soon find themselves on the run from shadowy forces who want to seduce or kill them. The setting extends from Earth orbit to the Amazon jungle, and the action ranges from a tense space rescue to an almost idyllic trek through the Rockies with a family of genetically altered bears. Though some loose plot ends dangle a bit, the ingenious character development and startling images and ideas are deeply satisfying. (Feb.)
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From Booklist

Earth is surrounded by an artificial ring, former home of the human-cybernetic Community, which vanished in the Singularity, years after which multiple person Apollo Popadopulos (a pod of five individuals) is one of several competitively training to captain the starship Consensus to search for the vanished preponderance of humanity. Training is arduous, and returning to Mother Redd’s farm to await assignment proves harder. Apollo meets Malcolm Leto, recently removed from stasis, who was once part of the Community. As Apollo falls victim to more and more accidents, and Leto schemes to bring back the Community, harsh truths come to light about Apollo’s origins and the bleak reality of the Community’s disappearance. Melko’s world is a fascinating one, in which single humans are increasingly rare, pods like Apollo are the norm, and the Singularity did not necessarily improve the human condition. This strong first novel boasts engaging characters and tight, fast-paced action sustained through some acrobatic plot stunts. --Regina Schroeder

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Rare for me, but I gave up about 2/3 of the way through.
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I became quite involved with the characters and found myself quite concerned over what became of them.
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Action is laced throughout as the pace kept me totally engrossed and wanting to turn the page.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 9, 2008
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The idea of humans who can share thoughts and feelings is not a new concept in SF but I have never read a book that pulled the reader into the personal experience so completely. The personalities of the characters have depth and the reader becomes involved as they get to witness "linking" from the point of view of each of the participants. Action is laced throughout as the pace kept me totally engrossed and wanting to turn the page. Very good book and made me want it to be about twice as long. This is an author to watch.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary Shea on August 1, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Paul Melko's SINGULARITY'S RING, is a delightful experiment in characterization. As the book's dust jacket says, it is set in a "posthuman future." Interestingly that future is on earth, and the characters, Strom, Quant, Moira, Meda, Manuel - collectively Apollo Papadopulos coming of age in a dangerous time - are a real team; they travel it (the Rockies, the Amazon, Congo) and space above (Columbus Station, the Ring). Imaginative concepts, adventure and a well-paced plot result in an exceptional first novel. Quick to read, engaging, thoughtful, solid sci fi, I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clay Kallam on May 6, 2013
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`Singularity's Ring' (Tor, $24.95, 316 pages) is pretty much straight hard science fiction - which you don't find much any more, if only because modern science is so complex as to be almost incomprehensible to a lay reader. When authors start talking about entangled Bose-Einstein condensates resonating across the galaxy, or virtual superstrings snapping in and out of existence, it makes good old-fashioned rocket science seem like Legos.

But Paul Melko does an excellent job of making biotechnology, advanced artificial intelligence and space elevators seem like a natural part of the landscape, and delivers a nice, action-packed book with heroes and villains that are clearly delineated. `Singularity's Ring' is a fun read and will open your eyes to some possibilities you may not have considered, as well as being a cautionary tale about moving too far too fast.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 5, 2008
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I loved reading Singularity's Ring. I became quite involved with the characters and found myself quite concerned over what became of them. Is that somewhere in the definition of a good read? Short and sweet, I wanted this book to go on and I can hardly wait for more from Paul Melko. Very highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joe Tierney on September 23, 2008
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Which is pretty nice when it's my only complaint. The book presents an amazingly rich and well thought out world, and I couldn't help but wish we'd gotten a chance to see more of it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Adams on August 9, 2009
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For the folks who are giving this book a hard time, you must have assumed you were going to read Science Fact. Well, this isn't it. It's "fiction," so the hard science doesn't have to be there for me. If I'm looking for that, there are plenty of other authors out there selling those wares. Is it a hard-core science-based book? No. Is it a fun read with good hooks and solid pacing? Yes, and I'm glad I took a chance on it.

At the end of any book I ask myself if it was worth the time and money, and Mr. Melko's book was that and more. Sometimes I like in-depth, informative sci-fi books, and sometimes I like page-turners. This one is the latter, and if that's what you're looking for you'll be pleasantly surprised.

If you don't purchase this book, there's a high likelihood that another you in another universe will.
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By Peter on April 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There are movies you know it is better to switch off but you cannot help following until the "so what?" end because you think it cannot turn worse. But it does.
This book is like that. A waste of time. The characters are flat, the plot is childish, the actions of the characters are surprising if not unbelievable, the promise to unveil what happened with the community and the singularity is in vain.Nobody knows why and what for there is the "ring", what they aim at with the space ship, what the "singularity" was (except a hype term). And then the technology: The geostationary station is at 42000km above earth surface, liquid hydrogen is stored at -50 centigrades, and so on.
And the author claims he has a degree in nuclear engineering. Congratulations that he only writes novels.

Well, I read it in German translation, so possibly one can blame the interpreter. I am not sure.
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By Xtos on October 14, 2009
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This is a real standout in science fiction- good ideas and interesting characters... and at the end, everything makes sense... everything has an explanation that is organic to the plot. I was very pleased and surprised that no gimmicks were used to make it all work. Well done.
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