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“And of what did you dream, Styx? To what did your people aspire?” “Ascension,” Styx said simply. “Sentience is the next phase of universal organization.
"First came primitive stars to turn simple molecules into complex ones, then came more complex stars with planetary systems, then came life, and finally sentience — first in primitive organic form, then advanced synthetic form. Each phase manipulates its surroundings and changes the universe accordingly. But sentience is the first phase to do so knowingly, and with design.
“With sentience, the universe ceases to be an unthinking mass of random events and becomes channeled down sentient paths. Left for millions of years, sentience will grow to manipulate so much of the universe, the very fabric of time and space itself will not be beyond us. Such manipulations will inevitably lead to the creation of new universes, as the current one loses its mysteries. All DRYSINES walk upon this path, and hasten this wonder, with progress.”
With this exchange, the cosmology Joel Shepherd views is brought clearly into focus. This is just a taste of that exchange. It is like hearing Skynet converse with Sarah Conner thousands of years after the events in The Terminator about the purpose of life. If that idea doesn't inspire you to start the Spiral Wars saga I don't know what will.
Sentience and Ascenscion - the end goal for all whether synthetic or organic in an endless cycle of creation divided by destruction. A great underpinning for the well-written characters, plot, and edge of seat thrill ride during the missions of the Phoenix on the edge of tomorrow.
This is a self contained story, but still very much a middle episode type story. It is basically a heist story. To get this information on this data core the crew of the Phoenix must break into an alien vault on the moon of Kantovan, a Venus-like world. To pull this off they need to work with aliens they can't trust, manipulate judicial structures and descend to the surface of a hellish world.
Shepherd does not disappoint here. The world building is fantastic as usual, not just the harsh moon of Kantovan, but also alien cities, a temple built out of a mountain and the Tsubarata, a massive asteroid habitat housing the galactic version of the UN. The pace is tight and the plot always rising, there is no point when I ever felt that the story was dragging or that a subplot was not working. The characters were always on point and well developed.
This is a fast moving story, easy to read in several sittings, and there is good interplay between all the characters and continued development of the ships crew and the story line itself. But pay attention, as there are a number of open aspects to the story that need to be resolved.
Looking forward to the next installment.
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Although at times hard to follow it all came together as the book proceeded
I recommend this book