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  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Blip Books; 1 edition (12 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956738702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956738707
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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S.Spencer Baker (1956~2106) fled formal education and family at the age of seventeen and refused to ever return to either. He spent a subjectively interminable, but retrospectively finite amount of time learning how to exploit the intellectual property of others until he re-remembered that his childhood obsession was to create his own intellectual property and get other people to exploit it on his behalf. Somewhere around the beginning of that seriously weird century that began inauspiciously in 2001 he started creating the the not-at-all-weird universe of Slabscape. By 2011 he had published his first science fiction novel; Slabscape:Reset - a webback (being backed up by information, back-stories, glossaries and complete irrelevancies in an online resource at http://slabscapedia.com). By 2020 he had published several more novels and short stories in the series, including Slabscape:Dammit, Slabscape:Reboot and a compendium of the first three books along with a contemporary text dump of the ever-expanding Slabscapedia entitled; Slabscape:Thank Dice That's Over (The Doorstop Slab). If it had have been over at that point, it's likely that Baker would have slipped back into relative obscurity. Unfortunately, the development of information temporal displacement technology onSlab by Fencer Dean Twenty (collectively recognised initiator of important intangible query assets) in 1040 (Slab asynchronology) meant that a deluge of fan-fiction written by SlabAficionados was sent back to the mid-twenty-first century from dice-knows-when by dice-knows-who. On July 30th, 2069, Amazon.com received 876 new, entirely different, Slabscape novels into its e-library servers in San Diego all purporting to be written by Baker. Fortunately the California Disappearance destroyed all record of every single one of them, which is odd when you think about it because if they really had come from the future then how come the authors didn't know about the California Disappearance in the first place? Such are the mysteries that surround temporal displacement.

Baker chose to go ahead on September 4th 2106 at the exact time that Slab departed/will have departed/is going to depart Earth Orbit. This biography © 43016 Blip Books (Home asynchronology).

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Slabscape : Reset is the first of a series of webbacks - paperbacks that are backed up by an online encyclopaedia of definitions, back-stories, explanations and complete irrelevancies. This resource is freely available and will seriously dice with your head.

Reset is either a fast-paced mixture of satire and hard-core science fiction that explores the boundary of human weaknesses and aspirations or one very elaborate joke. We can't decide.

From the Back Cover

Louie Drago had been born into a broken world during the closing decade of the twentieth century, in what later became the upper-eastern googopolis of the North American continent.

Despite, or maybe because of the fact that he was short and had very few redeeming features, he'd lived an intense and sybaritic life. Married three times and divorced twice, his last wife, twenty years his junior, had run off with his mistress's son when he was sixty-four.

He'd worked hard and played even harder. By the time he was seventy-five he was pornographically wealthy, had travelled to everywhere on Earth he'd had any desire to visit, had experienced as many risky and thrilling experiences as he could reasonably endure and had variously drunk, eaten or inhaled more legal, semi-legal or wildly illegal substances than even his robust constitution could tolerate. He'd been there, seen it and done it and stubbornly refused to buy any t-shirts, postcards or anything that would ever require dusting. He was also terminally bored.

They were building a spaceship. A huge interstellar spaceship. They needed two things; young, healthy volunteers and a lot of money. He bought himself a guaranteed place, but as the ship wouldn't be ready to leave for another thirty years and Louie had serious doubts about living that long, he developed an elaborate plan. On his eightieth birthday he signed a fiendishly complicated agreement, completed the downloading of his entire personality into an interactive long term storage system, had one of those parties that people talked about for years afterwards, and while the Bacchanalian festivities were at their peak, had himself ceremonially placed into cryonic suspension.

There's a small problem with cryonics. If a body has been frozen for more than a hundred years, when the subject is revived, they have no memories at all. Nothing. Three hundred and sixty years later, when medical science had advanced sufficiently so that every single stipulation of the original contract (except one) had been fulfilled, the long and painful process of unfreezing the considerably altered body of the entity previously known as Louis Clinton Drago began.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dunk on 25 Oct. 2012
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I'm not 1 for writing reviews, I never really know what to say but if your thinking of reading this book your thinking in the right direction.
It's not often I come across a book that i can read then read again only to discover that i want to read it yet again, I'm on my third read through now and am desperate for a sequel.
the fact that its also backed up by [...] is just amazing, its a fountain of information i never thought or considered a sci-fi book could come with. A personal favourite is the life disclaimer which i have actually come to believe should be taught in schools to curb the health and safety nuts that are ruining modern life.

I suppose i should say a little something about the book itself but where do i start? the characters are great, the humour is very similar to Douglas Adams style which makes the book all the more engaging and the whole idea of the slab and its mission is something truly human.

No other life form in this universe weather real or fictional could come up with something as engaging or original as slabscape:reset not without understanding true human nature (the fact that weather we admit it or not, all we really want is something or someone to blame)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Mercier on 8 July 2012
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An original concept, interesting characters, witty dialogue, and novel futuristic ideas all make this a most entertaining and often thought-provoking read. Just enough Sci-Fi for the hard-core fans, and enough plot and intrigue for the norms. Looking forward to the next in the series, it should be published in the current Earth year.

Mention has been made of a Hitchhikers connection; certainty the humour is similar, and the bizarre concepts are on a par with the fantastic ideas of the late DNA.

[[Don't be a cake, buy it and rate it]]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tabitha on 29 Sept. 2012
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Slabscape : Reset had me hooked from the outset and wormed its way into my dreams, but you really need to read it to find out why. It's hard to say much about this book without giving the game away- I've tried to find other reviews about it but they all say *spoilers*. I can say that it's brilliant. It's proper SciFi without being generic & predictable or so way out that it becomes niche. Maybe what matters is that I'm really looking forward to the arrival of Slabscape : Dammit & I hope that once you've read Slabscape : Reset you wll be too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Harkess on 26 Jun. 2013
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S. Spencer Baker was really nice to me a while back. He took the time to answer some noob questions I had, and gave me some really good advice. I bought this book as a 'thank you', then basically forgot I had it.

On my recent vacation, I almost ran out of Kindle books, and finally got to the page Slabscape was on. I really wished I had bumped into it sooner.

At first, I thought Spencer was taking the p***, and simply copying the style of a well known genius. A little persistence, though, showed me that what I was looking at was just ('just'?) a similar style. For me, Slabscape soon began to feel like a curious fusion of Douglas Adams and Iain M Banks, Hitchikers and Culture. Perhaps even a little Harry Harrison too.

What this mix produced was a solid story, but with a bubble of humour running along underneath. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was disappointed to find out that, despite suggestions there was another book, S. Spencer Baker appears to have only released this one. I'd very much like to see more
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Lynch on 19 Jan. 2013
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Can't believe someone gave this a one star because of a comparison to Hitch-hikers. Maybe in the writers head the voices were more similar to the narration in that, but to me that didn't come across. However, as another reviewer said, thankfully ot caused me to buy this book. This is amazing... I would go so far as to say a masterpiece! So well written that almost everything in it is acceptable without question, no matter how off-the-wall. Great characters and a series I hope continues to be as good as its first offering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. C. Horlock on 27 Oct. 2012
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Just finished reading SLABSCAPE: RESET.

I've been reading hard core science fiction all my adult life and I must say that I really enjoyed this novel. When I saw the first couple of pages I thought I had made a mistake in buying the book - I thought I was going to get stuck with something where strange formatting of text was the core of the story. It didn't take long to realise that there was a great story instead. It really does take a number of ideas and explores their impact on people.

I couldn't put the book down - I read until it was finished. That is how I measure any really great story.

Now I can't help waiting for SLABSCAPE: DAMMIT

The Author's blog from May 2012 suggests he was just starting a re-write of SLABSCAPE: DAMMIT having scribbled all over the finished story. I just hope he gets through the re-write quickly and that the proof-readers don't take too long! I wonder if it would spoil it for me if I offered to become a proof reader??
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris H on 7 Oct. 2012
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I downloaded the Kindle Edition of Slabscape:Reset a few weeks ago. At the time I had other books on the go, but thought I would have a read just to see what the story was like. Big mistake! From that point on all the other books went onto hold as I was gripped with the humour, imagination and the characters. I would really recommend this book if you enjoy late nights caused by not wanting to book the down!

Also worth checking out is Slabscapedia. It takes the book and adds more background.
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