- Series: The Nulapeiron Sequence (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 492 pages
- Publisher: Pyr; 1st edition (March 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591023084
- ISBN-13: 978-1591023081
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,495,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paradox: Book I of the Nulapeiron Sequence (Bk. 1) Hardcover – March 11, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In British author Meaney's impressive second SF novel (after To Hold Infinity), the first of a trilogy, young Tom Corcorigan, born poor on the corrupt far-future world of Nulapeiron, receives a dangerous data-crystal from a doomed Pilot, one of the legendary travelers who can traverse the "mu-space" between planets. The crystal slowly teaches Tom how to negotiate complex algorithms of time and mu-space. When an Oracle (a member of Nulapeiron's ruling elite) capriciously deprives Tom of his mother, he finds solace in the crystal, which reveals the Pilots' secrets through episodic tales of old Earth. In his quest for vengeance against the Oracles, Tom survives many horrific rites of passage, including the loss of an arm. Tom not only becomes capable of manipulating perceptions of time but also helps unleash a revolution that unbalances the status quo on Nulapeiron. Intriguing ruminations on the nature of time mesh well with Meaney's fine plotting and his excellent world building.
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"Paradox's ingeniously stratified universe is reminiscent of Dune
" Grade: B+ -- Entertainment Weekly March 11, 2005
" [a] rich, complex, baroque novel recognizable from the outset as a unique milestone in the SF field A landmark work " -- Paul Di Filippo;Science Fiction Weekly/SciFi.com March 6, 2005
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I enjoyed this book. It presents a world whose old way of doing things is no longer helping its citizens to live a good life. When stagnant civilizations grow weak, there is always a destroyer lurking in the wings. The character of Tom is portrayed well and doesn't fall into the stereotype of the dashing sci-fi hero. Sometimes he is cowardly, sometimes brave. He is loyal but at times also betrays his friends in the worst possible way. Meaney's world-building skills are also to be commended. This strange technologically advanced in some ways society with traces of psychic and organic living ships and sentient homes strikes one as weird but somehow utterly plausible at the same time. No matter where the human race resides in the galaxy, pitiful creatures that we are, will find a way to subjugate those weaker than ourselves. At first the Nobles are shown as Nazi-like purveyors of style that kill and maim commoners with no remorse, but as we get more into their world, we find that most of them are just glorified debutantes or fops who no longer seem threatening once you learn about their dreadfully boring lives. Meaney at times bring too much of his own interests into the work, especially his alleged expertise in karate, making it a prime element of Tom's abilities. Also, his degrees in physics and computer science only succeed in investing the book with droning gobbledy-gook at times which only confuse the reader instead of making clear the plot. But you can make it through those passages with at least an "impression" of what he was talking about. All in a all, a pretty good book.
Also recommended: Dune by Frank Herbert.
Tom Corcorigan is the 14 year old son of a lower level market trader. A person of no significance in their world till a fleeing, almost mythical, pilot gifts him with a data crystal that will quite literally change his life and fortune when he one days goes up-strata.
This novel presents a complex world where the ability to understand complex mathematical formula is highly prized and in conjunction with leaps in biological engineering is the basis of much of their advanced technology. Tom's journey takes you through a world of striking poverty and wealthy extravagance and a world on the edge of revolution though many do not realise it.
I have to say I enjoyed this novel, even though I don't really understand all the concepts and jargon the author uses. By the end of the book I really felt for Tom and felt attached to him and I'm looking forward to book 2 in this trilogy very much. This novel is a bit more hard SF than I normally read but I'm glad I picked it up to read.
The book reads as a satisfying new world blend and the plot comes to a satisfying resolution. I gave four instead of five stars because it could have been held together a little more firmly. The book states it is the first of a new series, so the jumpiness between some sequences may be due to the author's establishing ground for further events and characters.
Here is a list of sci-fi influences I saw:
* Study of advanced logic - A.E. Van Vogt's World of Null A
* Exaggerated court manners - Walter Jon Williams' Majistral series
* Living in a giant multi-layered subterranean environment - Isaac Asimov's Caves of Steel.
* Young hero surviving childhood to become great - Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game.
* Young here mastering physical fitness and martial arts - Gordon Dickson's Tactics of Mistake (Dorsai series)
* Prediction of future events - Frank Herbert's Dune. And more...
Looking forward to the next book in the series.