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Product Details

  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Mythic Island Press LLC (February 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983110077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983110071
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,194,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I practically devoured the ebook on my Kindle . . . Even with fantastical elements . . . Nagata still touches on themes of humanity, community and family in a very real sense.  But, that's what good sci-fi is supposed to do.


--Hawaii Book Blog

More About the Author

Linda Nagata is the author of multiple novels and short stories including The Bohr Maker, winner of the Locus Award for best first novel, and the novella "Goddesses," the first online publication to receive a Nebula award. Though best known for science fiction, she writes fantasy too, exemplified by her "scoundrel lit" series Stories of the Puzzle Lands. Her newest science fiction novel is The Red: First Light, published under her own imprint, Mythic Island Press LLC. She lives with her husband in their long-time home on the island of Maui.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Vasicek on September 9, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It combined the best of both science fiction and young adult: likeable teenage characters struggling to find their place in a high-tech alien world. In particular, I found it fascinating how the widespread nanotech shaped both the society and the universe.

But the story isn't about the technology, it's about the characters, their adventures, and the friendships that form between them. This was what really made the story come alive for me. There's a small amount of wish fulfillment, which may or may not be your thing, but overall I found the characters to be both believable and likeable. It was a lot of fun to watch them grow and learn together.

At times, though, it felt as if the characters weren't challenged enough. The friendship and relationship issues were well done, but it wasn't until the end that they started to have any significant try-fail (or try-almost fail) cycles in their adventures. Also, while the ending was quite satisfying, it was also a little abrupt.

Those didn't detract much from the rest of the story, though. Overall, I thought it was a very satisfying read-the sort of book I wish I'd found when I was twelve or thirteen. If I wasn't already hooked on science fiction by that age, I have the feeling that this book would have turned me into a lifelong fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clyde M. Wisham Jr. on September 26, 2013
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I am far from the target demographic, but I quite enjoyed "Skye Object 3270a" nonetheless. This short novel is a mixture of the young-adult and science fiction genres. The main character is a 14 year old girl oddly named "Skye Object 3270a". Skye's odd name turns out to be related to the plot of the story.
Skye is precocious and somewhat given to impetuous action. Her friends are no better. When she finds that she has a serious problem she and her friends immediately set out to fix it, but without seeking any adult guidance or assistance. This leads to dangerous situations and wondrous complications. Four teenagers are soon off on a fast-paced high-tech adventure.
The story is set in the universe of Linda Nagata's "Nanotech Succession" series. Most of the action takes place in or near the city of Silk and (I think) near the time of Nagata's "Deception Well" novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Stafford VINE VOICE on November 14, 2011
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In this young adult novel, fourteen year old heroine Skye Object 3270a (the awkward moniker refers to the astronomical designation given to the drifting lifeboat she was discovered in) is found to have "puzzle pieces" in her blood, building blocks for a plague that could wipe out Silk, her home in space.

While Skye's blood contains a potentially lethal infection, Nagata's story has spliced, into the usual literary base pairs of the juvenile, aka young adult, sf story, a more benign packet of information: a collection of memes designed to rewrite the tastes of young readers.

I refer to the usual formulaic elements of the young adult story. There is the group of teens, sometimes cunning and sometimes rather clueless in the operation of the physical and social worlds: Skye, orphan and wild girl who has spent a lot of time under the surveillance of cute companion/robot/pet/city- designated overseer Ord and who lives with the city's oldest citizen; her friend Zia, slightly older than Skye with parents who grow the octopoid lydras, creatures genetically engineered for construction work in the hard vacuum in space; the boisterous Buyu, would-be planetary explorer and victim of unrequited interest in Skye; Devi, a sixteen year old suffering from an overprotective mother who has cloned him from a brother dead far in the past. It will come as no surprise that young romance crops up between Devi and Skye. Adults are, of course, rather clueless to the threat to Silk.

You will note, I didn't say these are clichés. I am not a fan of the young adult stories or, generally, stories with young protagonists, but I liked this story. I found the teen characters realistic and not annoyingly plucky or unrealistically competent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jill from Pgh on November 14, 2011
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Skye Object 3270a,named for the designation of the life boat she was found in, and her friends discover a secret that can threaten everyone they know. The book details their search for an answer that will save not only themselves and their world, but also other children still in lifeboats. An excellent book for the young adult reader.
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