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Singularity's Ring

Singularity's Ring [Kindle Edition]

Paul Melko
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"Bursts forth like a new universe exploding into being; a major book that happens to also be the debut novel of a stellar new talent." - Robert J. Sawyer"

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The debut novel from a exciting new voice in SF—about what happens after ninety percent of humanity leaves Earth
There is an artificial ring around the Earth and it is empty after the Singularity. Either all the millions of inhabitants are dead, or they have been transformed into energy beings beyond human perception. Earth’s population was reduced by ninety percent. Human civilization on Earth is now recovering from this trauma and even has a vigorous space program.
Apollo Papadopulos is in training to become the captain of the starship Consensus. Apollo is a unique individual in that he/she/it is not an individual at all, but five separate teenagers who form a new entity. Strom, Meda, Quant, Manuel, and Moira are a pod, as these kinds of personalities are called, genetically engineered to work as one and to be able to communicate non-verbally. As a rare quintet, much relies on the successful training of Apollo, but as more accidents occur, the pod members struggle just to survive.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 076535702X
  • Publisher: Tor Books (28 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S0EGSQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,578 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good starter for those new to SF 6 Sep 2008
By Christopher Halo VINE VOICE
Singularity's Ring is Paul Melko's début novel, a science-fictional story of a not-too-distant future where Earth's population is now much less than a billion, and many live in poverty. What's worse is that all this has happened after 90% of humanity has transcended (which may or may not mean that they have all gone and died; they're certainly not around anymore, anyway), leaving the world crippled. Transcension occurred when the 6 billion people known as the Community, in a huge "communion as one", via the machine intelligence (for example, the huge Ring circling the Earth), moved on to the next plane of existence -- or died -- or both.

Er, but just what is a Singularity? There are a lot of terms in SF that are thrown about, but I'm sure a lot of people (myself included) don't always fully understand them, so forgive the small recap. The concept of a Singularity is a fairly common thing, in SF and "real science", but something I didn't understand properly until a few years ago. Anyway, a Singularity (the term was coined by Vernor Vinge) is the technological creation of smarter-than-human intelligence. AI is heading this way, as is brain augmentation (cool!), and, my favourite, ultra-high-resolution brain scans followed by computer emulation, which has a whole lot of potential ... but I digress.

In the 30 years that followed, and the aftermath of the Gene Wars, a new world order, the Overgovernment, exists. The majority of humans are genetically enhanced -- to the degree that any that aren't are frowned upon, scorned, and (occasionally) pitied...

Apollo Papadopulos is a pod.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original, involving, "quint"essential... 9 Jun 2008
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The idea of humans who can share thoughts and feelings is not a new concept in SF but I have never read a book that pulled the reader into the personal experience so completely. The personalities of the characters have depth and the reader becomes involved as they get to witness "linking" from the point of view of each of the participants. Action is laced throughout as the pace kept me totally engrossed and wanting to turn the page. Very good book and made me want it to be about twice as long. This is an author to watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Singularity's Ring" delivers old-fashioned goods 6 May 2013
By Clay Kallam - Published on
`Singularity's Ring' (Tor, $24.95, 316 pages) is pretty much straight hard science fiction - which you don't find much any more, if only because modern science is so complex as to be almost incomprehensible to a lay reader. When authors start talking about entangled Bose-Einstein condensates resonating across the galaxy, or virtual superstrings snapping in and out of existence, it makes good old-fashioned rocket science seem like Legos.

But Paul Melko does an excellent job of making biotechnology, advanced artificial intelligence and space elevators seem like a natural part of the landscape, and delivers a nice, action-packed book with heroes and villains that are clearly delineated. `Singularity's Ring' is a fun read and will open your eyes to some possibilities you may not have considered, as well as being a cautionary tale about moving too far too fast.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where We May Go From Here (apologies to the Alan Parsons Project) 1 Aug 2009
By Gary Shea - Published on
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Paul Melko's SINGULARITY'S RING, is a delightful experiment in characterization. As the book's dust jacket says, it is set in a "posthuman future." Interestingly that future is on earth, and the characters, Strom, Quant, Moira, Meda, Manuel - collectively Apollo Papadopulos coming of age in a dangerous time - are a real team; they travel it (the Rockies, the Amazon, Congo) and space above (Columbus Station, the Ring). Imaginative concepts, adventure and a well-paced plot result in an exceptional first novel. Quick to read, engaging, thoughtful, solid sci fi, I enjoyed it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It felt a bit short 23 Sep 2008
By Joe Tierney - Published on
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Which is pretty nice when it's my only complaint. The book presents an amazingly rich and well thought out world, and I couldn't help but wish we'd gotten a chance to see more of it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Well Spent 5 Jun 2008
By Pete Johnston - Published on
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I loved reading Singularity's Ring. I became quite involved with the characters and found myself quite concerned over what became of them. Is that somewhere in the definition of a good read? Short and sweet, I wanted this book to go on and I can hardly wait for more from Paul Melko. Very highly recommended.
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