- File Size: 69180 KB
- Print Length: 460 pages
- Publisher: Electronic & Database Publishing, Inc. (June 7, 2008)
- Publication Date: June 7, 2008
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001AV1RPA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,960,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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So much for the good which is indeed good. Now for the bad. This copy is poorly done and frustrating to read. It can be read if the reader is patient and is worth the reading. But the reader must be warned.
Brief Plot Summary
The Nomads are a group of individualistic star traders who are loyal primarily to their ships instead of a planet or empire. The members of each ship are considered gigantic extended families -- the social order reflects this, for example marriage is prohibited within the "family." These tentative social postulations about a solely spacefaring people are fascinating but underdeveloped.
One of the main characters, Trevelyan is a Cordy -- a Union law enforcement/investigative officer. The Union is a massive interstellar organization of planets at heads with the Nomads who refuse to settle on a planet.
Joachim, a captain of a Nomad ship, sets off on an expedition to an area of space where all indications indicate that powerful civilization exists that potentially could threaten the Nomads and the Union.
Trevelyan, an instrument of the Union, sets off for the same reason and meets up with Joachim and his Nomads. The third main character Sean is a young Nomad who against the taboos of his culture has fallen in love with Ilaloa, a native from the planet Rendezvous.
The actual encounter with the alien species is out of the ordinary. Instead of a militaristic all-powerful society they find something quite different, and alluring.Read more ›
The background to the story is that humanity has set up farms on the continental shelves which are owned by many different corporations; these corporations press-gang people into working for them, since the job is so unpopular.
At the same time, various submarines of the Underwater Sea Force have been disappearing in the Mariana trench, and there are increasing suspicions that perhaps this is caused by an alien intelligences.
The story begins with Major Dodge, of the space force, coming to inspect his inheritance, which is one of these sea farms, which he received when his uncle died.
However, when he is taking a tour from a sea hotel, he is press-ganged into one of these illegal corporations.
When Dodge wakes up, he finds that he has been operated on, and he now has gills, and has to work on the sea farms as a slave.
The rest of the novel deals with Dodge as he tries to escape, and his attempt to create a rebellion among the slaves (the Men-fish), while at the same time the Space Force is looking for Dodge, since they suspect he was kidnapped.
The stories of the attempted rebellion, the search for Dodge, and the disappearing submarines are tied together at the very end, in a mostly satisfying conclusion.
Since this novel takes place under the ocean, with people who do not need special equipment to survive, it definitely has a different flavor than any other science fiction novel that I have read, which is good; however, the basic plot of a man rebelling against an unjust system has been done so many times that the unique and pedestrian sort of cancel each other out, and I only rate it about 3 stars.
Starways: 3 stars:
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The story is quite good. However, this is one of the worst ebooks I have ever seen. Text changes font size, text is duplicated, and words are split and misspelled. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rater1100
Many reviewers are complaining about the formatting of the Kindle edition and or the price.
My review will be about the book, not the publishers issue. Read more
Poul Anderson won 14 major sci-fi and fantasy awards, including multiple Hugos and Nebulas. He was probably best known for several "future history" series that combined space opera... Read morePublished on January 21, 2013 by Gully Gosseyn
The text is sideways. Extremely disappointed it is impossible to comfortably read this book on kindle.Not up to the standard I would expect from AmazonPublished on October 2, 2012 by Paul Carton
This book was published in 1956. Poul Anderson died in 2008. You are charging $9.95 for the book and a bad copy to boot. Shame on you. Read morePublished on September 27, 2012 by Gary L. Roach
The kindle version of this book is readable but of lower quality than standard kindle books. There are extra spaces in the middle of words and occasionally no spaces between other... Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by David from Tokyo
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