- 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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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).
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this. The entire concept was unique, and I love sci-fi too. I'm not going to put any spoilers in here, but I would definitely look for more by this author. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Cleany
Slabscape:Reset is an all consuming read which takes you deep into the traveling world of the Slabscape. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert C. Jacobson
Delicious, savory science fiction! It’s admittedly a favorite treat of mine, so I was quite excited to see today’s meal slid out in front... Read more
I bought this book on a review that compared it to The Hitchhiker's Guide. This book was nowhere near as funny as that and rather raunchy to boot.Published 8 months ago by trent bristol
Good first effort, I'll be interested in seeing where he takes this. Hopefully, he doesn't keep soliciting readers for storylines.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
I am preparing to read this the 2nd time! It IS that good. It's not only HILARIOUS it's also hard science fiction ala Arthur C Clark and with Slabscapedia and highlighted links it... Read morePublished 8 months ago by David Ridgway
Really enjoyed this book. Nice worldbuilding. looking forward to third book.Published 8 months ago by Robert M Hill
The impression I got was as if Douglas Adams, Harry Harrison, and Isaac Asimov had collaborated over a bottle of gin. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tinfoot
Lighthearted and funny. An interesting romp through a future world by someone new to it. The on line reference guide is well integrated.Published 9 months ago by David A McConnell