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Finalist: 2016 Philip K. Dick Award
“Playing God is dangerous: Edge of Dark is an intelligent, thoughtful look at what it might mean to coexist with superior AIs that we ourselves have created. Brenda Cooper’s universe is detailed, inventive, and ultimately dazzling. I will remember Chrystal for a very long time.”
—NANCY KRESS, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards
“Edge of Dark is bold, immersive, boundary-pushing sci-fi; a new breed of transhuman space opera. It asks all the right questions: What’s the line between human and posthuman? How would immensely enhanced creatures treat mere humans? And how would we baseline humans view them—as our successors, our future selves, or our exterminators? Whatever opinion you enter this book with, it’ll surprise you. Read it.”
—RAMEZ NAAM, author of Nexus and Crux
Praise for previous books by Brenda Cooper:
"What The Creative Fire does, and does well, is marry the character-driven focus of Cooper's writing with an intriguing protagonist, a well thought out setting and spins a fascinating story."--SF Signal
"I loved The Diamond Deep. Excellent writing, fabulous story, and an emotional punch that leaves you wishing that Cooper wrote faster. Damned fine storytelling." --J. A. Pitts, author of Forged in Fire --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00N6PCQRQ
- Publisher : Pyr (March 3, 2015)
- Publication date : March 3, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 794 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 402 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #732,560 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book takes place in the same universe as Brenda Cooper's "Ruby's Song" books (The Creative Fire; The Diamond Deep). However, you don't need to have read those books to enjoy this one. The story in Edge of Dark picks up decades after the earlier books.
The setting is a solar system in which the most Earth-like planet, once nearly ecologically destroyed, is now in large part a wilderness preserve, still undergoing active restoration. Most humans live on massive space stations in the inner solar system. A few live on smaller space stations a bit further out, closer to the proverbial "Edge". And beyond that? Beyond that, far from the sun, dwell exiles, cast out long ago for violating social norms by daring to go too far in tinkering with the human mind and body.
As the story progresses, it becomes clear that those exiles have grown in strength and have become, in some cases, not just transhuman, but truly posthuman. What follows is a story that is rich in politics, and even more rich in plausible, fascinating, and nuanced tensions created by this juxtaposition of human and posthuman.
There are a tremendous number of stories out there that simple-mindedly posit post-humans as a grave threat and enemy to humanity. (Think "Terminator.") There are others that take a view that human and post- or trans- human can all learn to get along. (Think "X-Men".) Brenda Cooper has done something remarkable here: She's given us a story that isn't simple or moralistic. It's complicated. At the beginning of the book, I expected a simple morality play with a specific outcome. Later, I changed my mind. Then I changed it again. What she's presented is messy, just like real life. It's wound up with politics, just like real life.
The early parts of the book introduce new characters and new settings. They later parts of the book are what grabbed me. In the end, I was extremely happy I read this. Edge of Dark is a unique view of the interaction of human and post-human in my experience. I recommend it highly.
The Next, who are often referred to as ice pirates, have been banished to the outer reaches of the star system have attacked High Sweet Home and turned Chrystal and her family into robotic entities against their will.
Although there is a sequel and two prequels, this book is complete within itself and offers up a satisfying conclusion.