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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; 1st Impression edition. edition (14 Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857988884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857988888
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 3.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,572,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kathleen Ann Goonan is a writer, critic, and, presently, a Visiting Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she teaches Creative Writing and Literature.

Her 2007 novel IN WAR TIMES won the prestigious Campbell Award for Best Novel of 2007. Her first novel, QUEEN CITY JAZZ, was a New York Times Notable Book and a British Science Fiction Award finalist, and her second, THE BONES OF TIME, was an Arthur C. Clarke Award finalist. CRESCENT CITY RHAPSODY and LIGHT MUSIC were Nebula Award finalists.

Well-known for her Nanotech Quartet, Goonan's speaking engagements include appearances at Utopiales in Nantes, Kosmopolis in Barcelona, and at many universities. She has published over forty short stories, some of which are collected in ANGELS AND YOU DOGS, which will be released from PS Publishing in the fall of 2011.

She has this to say about THIS SHARED DREAM:

THIS SHARED DREAM evolved, as do most of my novels, from a variety of currents and influences. Chief among these were Eric Kandel's IN SEARCH OF MEMORY. Kandel, a Nobel laureate, has done extensive research on the biological roots and pathways of memory--how it is created, how it is stored, and how it re-emerges in certain conditions. In his book, his memories of his family's flight from Vienna following Krystallnacht in 1938 are interspersed with his growing appreciation of the mysteries of memory.

But THIS SHARED DREAM is in the main a family saga about lost and unevenly distributed information, and about how differing memories among siblings create their present. It is also about retrieving lost memories, lost parts of the self, and re-integrating them into one's present being.

It is about the nature of time and consciousness, and identity. It is about music, communication, and the potential of children when they have an science-based educational environment that meshes with and enhances their natural developmental.

But mostly it is about the tenacity of love, and the power of love to heal.

Kathleen Ann Goonan can be reached for interviews via,, and

This Shared Dream website is

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A visionary take of the century long development of nanotechnology ¿ the prequel to QUEEN CITY JAZZ

About the Author

SALES POINTS * QUEEN CITY JAZZ was chosen as one of the eight best novels of the year by the New York Times * ¿A startlingly original and energetic imagination¿ Paul McAuley Goonan is one of the rising stars of world SF Regarded as Goonan¿s best novel yet Mass market edition many months in advance of US mass market

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was an enjoyable if not particularly satisfying read. The premise is intriguing enough - that a "pulse" from outer space knocks out most of earth's advanced technology, forcing the world to confront a major political, social and economic re-think against the backdrop of this pulse as proof of extraterrestrial intelligence. But this premise is then squandered in two-dimensional characterisation and a confused, chaotic plot. The disparate strands of the characters' experiences do not add up, but simply fragment the narrative. Its like three or four separate novellas lumped together into a novel, but without a connecting thread or explanation that makes the story more than the sum of these parts. For example, much is made of the possibility of the pulse containing a message, but in the end even this ccentral plot point is left unclear in resolution. I enjoyed reading this book, but it is not a book that I would read again, or consider bringing anything new to the genre.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
An excellent page-turning book that will keep you occupied until you've finished it. Anyone who enjoys science will love the way the multi-narative storyline develops over many years-an excedingly good buy.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 10 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
Despite this I kept turning the pages because some of the narrative was interesting. I did find convoluted sentences confusing and it was annoying to have to read, then re-read, then re-re-read paragraphs. On the plus side I was grabbed by the idea that if elecromagnetic communication was not possible we might resort to a chemical (c-mail?). All in all - Kathleen Goonan is developing a writing style that bodes well for the future and I'll certainly read her books again.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Sf the way it is supposed to be written 20 Feb. 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
In 2012, the electromagnetic impulse that shuts down worldwide communications makes the Northeast blackout of four plus decades ago seems like a blown light bulb. Computers become silent. Studying that void, DC astrophysicist Zeb Aberly concludes that the impulse was not a freak of nature, but a signal from an intelligent ET source. Instead of accolades and kudos, Zeb is forced to run for his life, ultimately ending up in New Orleans.
While the pulses continue to wreck havoc, infants born after the disaster start showing strange physical and mental abilities. In New Orleans, someone assassinates mob chieftain Marie Laveau, her spouse, and child. Nanotechnology brings Marie back to life, but her family was beyond repair. Marie vows revenge. She also tries to build a safe haven with the help of outlawed technological geniuses like Zeb, but time is running out as the new world order plans to stop her and her Crescent City.
CRESCENT CITY RHAPSODY, the third novel in Kathleen Ann Goonan's "Nanotech" series (see QUEEN CITY JAZZ and MISSISSIPPI BLUES) is a wonderful futuristic tale. The story line speculates on the path science and technology may take mankind down in the next decade or so. The action is non-stop in this bleak but fascinating novel. The charcaters are fully developed, but what makes this tale and its predecessors so good is the author's ability to paint a grim landscape that feels genuinely possible.

Harriet Klausner
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
You'll Never Look at the Stars the Same Again 21 Feb. 2000
By Charlotte R. Dixon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Crescent City Rhapsody absorbed me in a way no other novel has in recent history. Kathleen Ann Goonan has the gift for creating complex, interesting characters who people a richly developed plot that takes an intriguing, if terrifying look at the future. Far and away the best of the trilogy, and I liked the other books a lot, too. As a professional writer, I'm a tough customer, but I really loved this book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Pleasing, but... 15 April 2000
By BK Miller - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Crescent City Rhapsody is the third in Kathleen Ann Goonan's nanotech/jazz series. It opens with a staggering collapse of global communications and ends with the promise of a better tomorrow. In between the ride is bumpy, sometimes compelling and sometimes not. Of the three, this one has a far higher level of suspense and far less speculation than the other two, probably because the time is so much closer to our own. Solid characters, stunning prose, and only a couple of weak spots make this a book well worth reading.
About those weak spots though,...
After the stunning portrayal of Hawaiian culture in "Bones of Time", the cultural symbols in this book often leave one wondering about their significance. The sections on Voudoun rites and ritual, although accurate and sympathetic, seem forced and awkward, as if they are wondering why they are even here. When she drops into Japan for a brief stint, she confuses common foods and falls back on a few tired cliches about Japanese culture. Other than those two minor weaknesses, an excellent book and a superb addition to her repertoire.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
SF romance 30 May 2001
By Curiosity #3 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A series of electromagnetic pulses from space disrupt the operation of human civilization and ultimately force it to come up with something new, namely nanotechnology. Several powerful female figures are central to this, and overcoming chaos in the meantime, while all male figures in the book are basically cute side-kicks. The book never resolves the overarching question: who is sending those pulses and how are we going to kick the **** out of them? Does this mean we're in for a follow-up story that wraps this up? The book presents nothing new or original in the way of technology. You have read this all before in "The Diamond Age" and others. Literary value of the book is low. The author divulges herself in stereotypical descriptions, flat emotions, lazy language. People are always shooting glances at each other, their hearts are beating hard, anger is welling up etc. There is not one, not two, but three love stories going on in this book. A bit too much, unless you enjoy the 50-cent type of romance stories you can buy at the kiosk. The author violates in many places the golden rule: write about what you know. One of the main characters is a Japanese scientist and that's why the author takes us to Japan. She makes people bow in places where no Japanese would bow, she misspells literally EVERY Japanese word she cares to employ ("doma" for domo, "kannitchiwa" for konnichiwa") and generally fails to create a credible atmosphere for scenes taking place in this country. In what other areas that I don't happen to know well has the author allowed herself this kind of sloppiness? Anyway, when I reached the end of the story I was scratching my head asking myself what this was all about. And I paid money for this.
Avoid this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dont pay for this one 7 May 2002
By Tetalia - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cresent City has many amusing and intricate little plots, a couple cute ideas, and a bit of politics. That is it folks! The show is over! Half the plots are never resolved and it's not written well enough for me to forgive Goonan for that. Electronic equipment can be protected from electromagnetic impulses, and the entire premise of nanites being automaticaly immune to the impulse is absurd. The idea of pheremone comunication is about the only thing in the book that is plausible. Read some Neal Stephenson or find a "Transmetropolitan" graphic novel. If you feel the need to read Cresent City Rhapsody go to the library.
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