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Charles Stross
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5 Jun 2014

Neptune's Brood is a brand new space opera from science fiction legend Charles Stross. Shortlisted for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

She was looking for her sister. She found Atlantis.

Krina Alizond is a metahuman in a universe where the last natural humans became extinct five thousand years ago. When her sister goes missing, she embarks on a daring voyage across the star systems to find her, travelling to her last known location - the mysterious water-world of Shin-Tethys.

In a universe with no faster-than-light travel that's a dangerous journey, made all the more perilous by the arrival of an assassin on Krina's tail, by the 'privateers' chasing her sister's life insurance policy and by growing signs that the disappearance is linked to one of the biggest financial scams in the known universe.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356501000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356501000
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Stross was born in Leeds, England, in 1964. He has worked as a pharmacist, software engineer and freelance journalist, but now writes full time.

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Neptune's Brood is fast-paced, imaginative, and embeds some fascinating ideas about the economics of an interstellar society constrained by real physics. Above all else, though, it's just terrific fun (Alastair Reynolds)

Neptune's Brood is the perfect book for our times (io9)

A thoroughly entertaining sci-fi mind-expander from one of the genre's most reliable imaginations (SFX (five star review))

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Neptune's Brood is a brand new space opera from science fiction legend Charles Stross. Shortlisted for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the Hugo Award for Best Novel

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good. not quite great. 17 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An excellent read. Very Charles Stross. Very enjoyable.
The end feels a bit abrupt - it could do with an epilogue In my opinion, but that's Charlie for you.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Money, fast and slow 4 July 2013
By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This book is a follow up (not a sequel) set in the same universe as Stross's earlier Saturn's Children (and for completeness, a short story, "Bit Rot" in the anthology Engineering Infinity fits in between and is mentioned in passing here).

It is several thousand years in the future. Humanity has become extinct - and been recreated - several times. Taking our place is a flourishing society of post-humans, originally robots created to do our bidding (as described in "Saturn's Children"). They are tougher than us, better able to survive the rigours of interplanetary travel and able to be transferred, as software, from one body to another. Yet their design was originally based on ours, and they share all our failings and feelings (subject, of course, to the effects of a tweak here or there to increase empathy or decrease libido - the better to focus on the task in hand).

Krina Alizond and her kind inhabit a society that is enthusiastically colonizing the galaxy, establishing toeholds in remote systems where "beacons" are constructed to which colonists can be "beamed" and downloaded into freshly grown bodies. it's a lucrative trade, financed by massive debt, and Stross goes to some lengths to explain the economic basis of the whole thing. The debt is key here, as the brave new post-human world is nakedly capitalist: freshly created "persons" are owned by their progenitors until they have paid off the costs of their instantiation; those distant colonies are also born deeply in debt, which they generally pay off, by founding daughter colonies which are in debt to them.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why can't Stross finish a book? 6 Aug 2013
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Once again Stross creates an interesting premise, but is unable to satisfactorily conclude.

This is the case with iron sunrise, the whole laundry series. We get to about 95% of the way through and then it is finished in a 1, 2, 3, often a deus ex machina.

I like Stross' work, but like Iain Banks, I think his work rate is undermining the quality control. I'd like to see him get back to the heights of Glasshouse and Accelerando.

Adequate, but I should have waited until it came out in paper-back.
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This is a tale of robots, interstellar space travel, body modification, economics, child abuse, brain downloading, deep sea diving, and more. This is set in the same universe as Saturn’s Children, although several thousand years later, when the robots have established an interstellar civilisation. Krina Alizond is a clone-daughter of Sondra, trained as a historical economics librarian, now at loose on the universe, trying to track down her clone-sister. The reason gradually becomes clear: they have a great secret, and lots of other people are after it.

The robots are “humans”, but not the old-fashioned “fragile” variety: those keep going extinct. These new improved less-fragile people still have many of the same issues, though, only with longer lives and stronger more malleable bodies for those issues to play out in.

The main thrust of the book, leavened by many delicious little scenes of utter madness, is how to run a currency across interstellar space when there is only slower-than-light travel, and the scams that can be played as a result. That might sound potentially dull, but remember, this is Stross. The complex plot weaves several threads skilfully together, until the final denouement where all becomes clear (and Stross again subverts Weber).

Good fun, with some deep ideas, and I gave it my vote for the Hugo this year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By P. Kendell VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
They call economics the "dismal science". So does it follow that a science fiction novel based on economics will also be dismal?

Well, no, not necessarily, but it's a close-run thing. Charles Stross has obviously had a good think about the economics of interstellar colonisation in a relativistic universe and boy, does he want us to know it. So he falls into the the old SF trope of introducing a term, leaving it a couple of pages, and then explaining it. At length. And all that had me doing was saying, 'OK, Charlie. Got it already. Let's move on now, shall we?' Surely Stross has been writing long enough by now to remember the mantra of "show, don't tell"? Trust your readers!

Fortunately he does, mostly. But look - I'm neither an economist nor a nun-historian, so if I can get it without having it spelled out in repeated detail so can anyone.

That over, what's left is fun in a later version of the post-human future history we first encountered in (the superior) Saturn's Children. It all rollicks along in a cheerfully gruesome manner until we reach the final showdown when everything unexpectedly and abruptly sto
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 4 Jun 2014
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I really like Charles' quirky sense of humour. The book was gripping right to the end, and the texture of his reality was rich and expansive. My (very small) gripe is that I wish there was an 'afterword' or something - the end of the book was very sudden (can be a complete surprise when reading on a Kindle to find you got to the last page!) I wanted to know just a little more about her life after mother ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and banking
If ever banking was made exciting then Charles Stross has made a good attempt at it. I admit the banking part phased me out from time to time but all in all the story was... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Roger Speed
5.0 out of 5 stars the complexity and twists and turns in the story made it a great read...
The characters hooked me into the novel, the complexity and twists and turns in the story made it a great read to the last page!
Published 23 days ago by Clive Fred Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up
An odd but amusing angle: the banking issues involved in interstellar space colonisation. Stross deals with how the descendants of the cyborgs in "Saturn's Children" a few... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DB
5.0 out of 5 stars another hard sci-fi space opera of note
Thus guy has replaced Reynolds for me, absolutely rip snorting read and Bitcoin speculation for future galactic colonisation is mind bending.
Published 1 month ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything in this book makes sense. It's not the ...
Everything in this book makes sense. It's not the world we live in, but it's a rather more likely world than you'll hear about from politicians. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Far future take on today's financial industry...with lots of fun action bits in between. Really good read and really good ideas about money (fast , slow etc)
Published 2 months ago by Dan
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Quirky book with a few problems
I really enjoyed the previous book in the series - and the link between them is pretty tenuous so I wouldn't say it really matters whether or not you've read it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lawrence Kent
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but flawed pacing
The core story of the book is wonderful, and there's a rich amount of world building that runs deep from accountancy, the interaction of finance and society to radiation and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicholas
3.0 out of 5 stars Started well....
I enjoyed the book on the whole but felt let down by the rushed finish to the book.
A question to Charles Stross , Where is her home ?
Published 2 months ago by WayneB
5.0 out of 5 stars Accounting Sci-Fi !
One of the strangest but best books I have read for a long time. The fact that I am an accountant is a weird coincidence, as the main character studies the history of accounting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Clapton
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