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  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (5 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230700403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230700406
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prior to becoming a professional writer, Gary Gibson worked for an environmental agency, but left shortly after other members of staff attempted to levitate a local bridge as a protest against road traffic.

Following this, he worked as a graphic designer for a printing firm that turned out to be run by a gang of convicted forgers, hastening his departure, and then for a small publishing company otherwise notable only for producing a Freddie Mercury impersonator well-known on the Scottish cabaret circuit. Until recently he resided in Taipei with his wife, and is pleased to say that the only lunatic he has to answer to these days is himself.

He has a blog at www.garygibson.net.

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'Stealing Light is remarkably free from the thick soup of description and metaphor normally associated with books of its genre'
-- Death Ray

'a gripping interplanetary saga close in tone to both Alistair Reynolds and Peter F Hamilton, but with enough edge and imagination to give it its own unique flavour...a seriously entertaining sci-fi pageturner.' -- SFX

'ambitious, clever and ultimately rewarding...Impressive.' -- Starburst

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In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration throughout the galaxy. Mankind has operated within their influence for two centuries, establishing a dozen human colony worlds scattered along Shoal trade routes. Dakota Merrick, while serving as a military pilot, has witnessed atrocities for which this alien race is responsible. Now piloting a civilian cargo ship, she is currently ferrying an exploration team to a star system containing a derelict starship. From its wreckage, her passengers hope to salvage a functioning FTL drive of mysteriously non-Shoal origin. But the Shoal are not yet ready to relinquish their monopoly over a technology they acquired through ancient genocide.

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chitty on 13 Mar 2008
Format: Hardcover
It is the 25th century and the Consortium spreads out over an area of space in the orion arm. Although humanity do not have the capability to use ftl travel, a species called the Shoal do, and are the only species in the galaxy with that know-how. They happily transport humans within the area they have been designated, but they also put strict limits within the agreement they have with humans, one among many being the prohibition of research into ftl travel.

Dakota Merrick is a machine head, a human with implants that were made illegal after a terrible attack that killed many innocent humans. She now does whatever work she can get using her ship, Piri Reis, although sometimes taking dangerous cargo to keep the money coming in. It is during a job like this that things go wrong and she must get out of the Sol system quickly and keep her head down. She gets work on board the Hyperion, working for the Freehold in what she is told is a scout mission searching for a new planet for them.

Lucas Corso is blackmailed into working for the Freehold, his specialist skills in Shoal computer language desperately desired. The Freehold have discovered a derelict ship, one with ftl capabilities, but not of Shoal origin. They hope to retrieve this ship and use it for what they hope will be a glorious victory over their enemies and the start of independent human expansion throughout the galaxy, all under their watchful eye. However, the Shoal have kept a secret for thousands of years and are prepared to protect it at all costs. Now that this derelict is discovered, that secret is at risk of being revealed.

The derelict found by the Freehold is the main focus of this novel and brings together all characters we meet.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Taylor on 13 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a strange read from beginning to end. The plot was either frustratingly obvious, with the characters piecing it together like a drunk attempting a jigsaw puzzle, or just confusing, with random leaps of logic. There were some great ideas in there, original and solid, but the delivery was a little off. It's also worth saying that I'd read the next in the trilogy, if only to find out what happens next as the ending a very abrupt (and a little daft). Not a bad holiday read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dan1986 on 29 July 2010
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After reading through these mixed reviews and deciding to buy the book and find out for myself. I've decided to pass on my thoughts.

First of all, don't buy the book expecting Hamilton, Banks or anyone of that ilk. As this is not the same scale, style or general read. However, it is entertaining, fairly fast paced, and a good overall idea (as mentioned before).

The main issue is it's just not as deep as other books I've read.

My advice would be not to expect too much and you "should" enjoy it. I've recently got into Neal Asher I would recommend him if you have finished most of Hamilton and Bank's work.

Hope this is helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Morley on 28 Dec 2008
Format: Paperback
"Stealing Light" was a great read - I swept through it very quickly. The action moves through a series of settings, roughly aligned with the three parts of the book, and each setting is driven by different but overlapping concerns. The ending was good but seemed to be a rather sudden turn-around in the last page or two. I can't help but think that there was a better book lurking in here which weaves the plot strands a little more elegantly.

This might sound like a negative review but despite all this I really enjoyed the book and liked the ideas behind the plot. I felt the book had some resonances with themes in the "Babylon 5" TV series. I'll be trying one of Mr Gibson's other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Weeden on 30 Sep 2009
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I got this from the library, somewhat tentatively, as I like space opera, but the cover didn't have any positive reviews. I read it very quickly, it's an easy read, and things keep happening. There's a nice moment early on where a character knows something of the backstory and seems to be about to reveal it to another character who instead has him assassinated. But that's how suspense works here: characters explain what's happening, and they're only kept for explaining even more by senseless violence.
There are many good points. I like the aliens: they're not humanoid, there aren't too many of them, their names (with one exception) are what we call them, rather than some silly attempt to invent alien sounding words (lots of xs, zs, etc). He doesn't explain how a bunch of fish who didn't invent fire came to rule the galaxy, but the big concepts - long-ago wars in the magellanic clouds, ftl being known to only one alien race are fun.
It's not a book that it's worth thinking about too much. It's better than an explanation will make it seem. How could one man decode all the programming on an alien starship in a few weeks? There's too much emphasis on implants controlling their wearer without that person's knowledge. I realise that the backstory here serves two purposes: it sets up tension between characters who end as allies, and it primes the reader for the main character being taken over again. But then it happens a third time, and my belief suspenders were getting a little overstretched.
Unlike another reviewer, I quite liked the writing, generally. I just hated the ending, which couldn't come soon enough.
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