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Product Details

  • Series: Slabscape
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Blip Books; first edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956738702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956738707
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,262,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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S.Spencer Baker (1956~2106) fled formal education and family at the age of seventeen and refused to ever return to either. He spent a subjectively interminable, but retrospectively finite amount of time learning how to exploit the intellectual property of others until he re-remembered that his childhood obsession was to create his own intellectual property and get other people to exploit it on his behalf. Somewhere around the beginning of that seriously weird century that began inauspiciously in 2001 he started creating the not-at-all-weird universe of Slabscape. By 2011 he had published his first science fiction novel; Slabscape:Reset - a webback (being backed up by information, back-stories, glossaries and complete irrelevancies in an online resource at http://slabscapedia.com). By 2020 he had published several more novels and short stories in the series, including Slabscape:Dammit, Slabscape:Reboot and a compendium of the first three books along with a contemporary text dump of the ever-expanding Slabscapedia entitled; Slabscape:Thank Dice That's Over (The Doorstop Slab). If it had have been over at that point, it's likely that Baker would have slipped back into relative obscurity. Unfortunately, the development of information temporal displacement technology onSlab by Fencer Dean Twenty (collectively recognised initiator of important intangible query assets) in 1040 (Slab asynchronology) meant that a deluge of fan-fiction written by SlabAficionados was sent back to the mid-twenty-first century from dice-knows-when by dice-knows-who. On July 30th, 2069, Amazon.com received 876 new, entirely different, Slabscape novels into its e-library servers in San Diego all purporting to be written by Baker. Fortunately the California Disappearance destroyed all record of every single one of them, which is odd when you think about it because if they really had come from the future then how come the authors didn't know about the California Disappearance in the first place? Such are the mysteries that surround temporal displacement.

Baker chose to go ahead on September 4th 2106 at the exact time that Slab departed/will have departed/is going to depart Earth Orbit. This biography © 43016 Blip Books (Home asynchronology).

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Slabscape: Reset had me hooked from start to finish. It explores life aboard an interstellar spaceship and the peculiaralities that occur there. The characters are believable and incredibly well thought out. Dielle's struggle with coming to terms with a new world is the central theme of the book and plays out in a hitchhiker's style comedic fashion. Baker adds humour and whimsy to all aspects of the story and uses it to bring his unbelievably well thought out world to life. And I mean well thought out! The attention to detail in creating the parts of "Slab" (the interstellar spaceship) and the society that lives within it is quite astounding and demonstrates the author's love for his world. He imagines the future of entertainment and the reality TV genre and the futuristic system of government and even how people shower and purchase food.

The second main story thread follows Louis Drago who is a holographic version of a business mogul from back on Earth. He has a traditional cut-throat attitude towards people and business and he makes a wonderful addition to the story as you can see how society has changed, being protected by a the benevolent AI overlord that is Sis.

Slabscape brings all the whimsical comedy of hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy in a refreshing and intriuging setting that is sure to captivate your imagination. I for one am eagerly anticipating the sequel.
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I first learned about Slabscape Reset when it appeared as a little advert on the side of my Facebook wall with the tagline "Like Douglas Adams? Read this!" or something to that effect. Intrigued I decided to give it a go and I have to say I wasn't disappointed. Comparisons to the mighty Adams (and by association Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) should not be taken lightly, however, Slabscape crafts a wonderfully detailed and engrossing futuristic world against which an intricate and oft times funny plot is woven. Wonderfully creative, sharp, witty and thoroughly enjoyable from the offset - I cannot recommend this book enough. Read it now.
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I read this first Slabscape book (it looks to be a trilogy, so be forewarned) on condition that I review it. In all honesty, I might have given up after a few chapters, but in the end, I'm glad I stuck it out. (To be honest, many trilogies start out slowly, especially those with a lot of world-building--and this has a LOT of world-building.)

The Slab is a generation space ship outfitted with an AI ("Sis"), which uses the matter it accumulates to both grow itself and fuel itself. It is currently heading toward the place souls go when people die, a point near the center of the galaxy, at 0.95c (so no FTL travel, though an object released from the Slab can go faster than the ship itself and zoom around it).

The book starts off from the point of view of a reset--a formerly frozen human who is revived. He has little memory of the past, and seems much like the 'monster' in Rocky Horror: guided mostly by hormones and a plaything of his creator. In this case, his creator is actually his nurse, Kiki, a Slab resident who makes most of her money filming (in full sensurround) the reset, whom she names Dielle (DL), for a sort of enhanced reality-TV experience.

The novel picks up when Dielle activates his former self (of whom he has no memory), the very rich, old, and acerbic Louie Drago, now a hologram. But the true masters of the Slab--who are not all human--have their own plans for Drago. The nominal master, an underhanded President, seems to have his own agenda. And it's possible that Kiki isn't all that she seems, either. And how trustworthy is Dielle's new-found friend, a drugged-out musician? In a place where VR is normal, and everything's a construct, nothing can be trusted.

Slabscape uses a lot of common SF tropes, some in new ways.
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Slabscape: Reset is quite imaginative. In fact, it made me think of Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" several times. No, it isn't a rip or similar story, but the feel was there and that is a good thing. Thirty-plus million humans fueled by advanced technology and A.I. are on a journey from Earth to Home to deliver a colossal message, in person, to an alien race that hosed humanity at the turn of evolution. Baker creates a rich, unique culture and environment for future us to live, relive, play and work.

Putting my thoughts to paper is difficult on this one. I didn't really get a connection with the characters and didn't put too much stock in their epically long journey through space. I did enjoy the scenery, the tech, and some of the philosophical points in the book. Yes, that is it. It was a very engaging world. Even in the future you still have corrupt politics and brain-dead reality-TV viewers; coupled with a monumental shift to A.I. Assisted Living and breaking the logic of gravity makes for an interesting read.

There are some tasty lines throughout and I don't want to spoil the discovery. On a side note, if Lex Luthor was on Earth at the beginning of the drive, he'd be relatively close to creating Costa del Lex.

Imagination, theory, sentient beings, plugged-in humans, and man-made mountains. Fun, but lack of connection to character and several lengthy passages later, this is a fun 4 Star for me.

Read March 2015; Copy supplied by author/publisher for review.
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