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Superluminal: A Novel of Interplanetary Civil War Mass Market Paperback – 1 Mar 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Eos; Reprint edition (1 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061020265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061020261
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,262,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book, along with its precursor, Metaplanetary, is an invigorating read. It really pushes the envelope, with the author speculating upon future tech, its impact in society, and the next step in human engineered evolution. All this is done with a believability and a freshness that is so often missing from other books.
It is hard sci-fi at its best, with the author occasionally taking time-out to explain the physics behind the story. Sometimes this physics is cutting edge theory, other times it is pure speculation. The genius is that it is difficult sometimes to spot the join between the two. Saying that, the only thing I found difficult to envisage was the concept of a 'web' of planets.
My only concern is that this should be a series of 3 books, and the future of the final part is in the balance. If you are reading this Mr Daniels, I would urge you to take up your pen once more and finish this outstanding piece of work.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Superluminal continues on from the first book - Metaplanetary.
I'd forgotten how complex the first book was, until I read this book. It's such a compelling story, with an incredibly futuristic and colourful solar system. It's a rollercoaster ride that just keeps on going, with unimaginable twists and turns.
My only disappointment was that it seemed a little short.
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An excellent sequel to metaplanetary, but the biggest disappointment was that it doesn't finish the story. I assume (hope) there is another book to come as the book finishes in mid-air. There was nothing in the blurb on the cover to suggest that it was not complete.
The last part of the book is an appendix providing a list of all characters and technical background, etc. Read this first before you start. I only found it when I came to the end. Wish I'd seen it first as I dithered over whether to reread metaplanetary first and didn't (remembering that there were multiple, interlinked story lines).
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f10a0d8) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f5dc8dc) out of 5 stars Outstanding continuation ... but not a conclusion 5 Jun. 2004
By Edward Barnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Superluminal is a strong continuation of Metaplanetary. Other reviewers' comments regarding the quality of characters, plot, and writing are spot on. If you enjoy classic space opera (as we all should), you'll be grateful for Superluminal. Be aware, however, that this volume does not provide a conclusion to the story begun in Metaplanetary, merely a continuation. I wish that the publisher had been honest enough to flag clearly that this is an open-ended series, each ending in a cliffhanger rather than a climax. There's nothing wrong with that approach, either from a literary or a commercial point of view -- I just wish that publishers would note which books are self-contained and which are installments in a series.

Update, 22 Feb 2007: Sadly, there is still no word regarding the next (and, I would hope, concluding) book in this series. The first two books (Metaplanetary and Superluminal) succeeded in creating a fascinating future world, with intriguing characters and a captivating storyline. I want to know how it ends! Make no mistake, it's well worth reading these two books, even if the third never takes form. However, like many other readers, I seriously hope the author and publisher eventually get around to concluding the series and closing the story arc. I'm ready to pre-order!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fc519f0) out of 5 stars Amazing book -- but the publisher should be shot 27 Mar. 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This novel is as good as all the other reviewers say it is -- each chapter really does have enough new ideas to sustain an entire book!

My issue is with the publisher. They're pulling the same shoddy trick they tried with the first volume of the series, Metaplanetary. Just as that book was ruined for many readers because nowhere on the cover did it state that it was the first novel in a series, anyone who hasn't read the first book could pick up this second volume with the expectation that they're starting a stand-alone novel. The only place the true nature of Superluminal is mentioned is in the author's bio on the inside back cover.

This is clearly intentional on the publisher's part, but you have to wonder why are they doing it? Why are they positioning these two novels as stand-alones, rather than as parts of a series? Guess they just don't believe in the power of the entire trilogy to sell itself. This is just stupid!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f6e790c) out of 5 stars Ending on a middle book 7 Jun. 2005
By Matt Hausig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
After finishing Superluminal I was dissapointed to find out that plans for a third book are on hold for the foreseeable future. While Superluminal was not as good as Metaplanetary it is still an enjoyable read with interesting SF elements. It does have a strong case of middlebookitis in that plot elements are not fully resolved and the ending is a cliffhanger.

On the positive side, Tony Daniel succeeds in making Director Ames a truly creepy entity and his characterization of a semisentient jeep was well done. On the other hand, several of the other characters are not as well fleshed out. Also, in juggling many plot lines at once, the author tends to focus on just a few and leaves the rest too bare. Considering that there were around a hundred pages worth of appendices that space would have been better utilized on the minor characters and their storylines.

Hopefully, the author's next project will be successful enough so that he can revisit this universe and provide a proper conclusion.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f6e7d8c) out of 5 stars Great fun despite the lack of any resolution 25 Aug. 2004
By R. Floyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I went looking for this book after reading Metaplanetary. I ended up so wrapped up in that book that I had to know how it all turned out. Like some of the other reviewers, I had no idea when I picked up Superluminal that it was the middle book of a more extended series, not the conclusion I had sought. It was clear by the time I was half way through the book, though, that there was far too much complexity and far too many quantum-entangled plot lines for it all to be resolved in one book. Despite my dashed expectations (Thanks, EOS), I very much enjoyed this book. It features technology that's advanced in very believable ways, a society that appears to have evolved naturally from this technology, complex and evolving characters, a grand sweep and vision, wonderful inventiveness, intelligent writing and on and on. It's everything a really good space opera can and should be.

My only criticism, and it's a weak one, is that the complexity and the presentation might make it difficult to keep track of all of those interweaving threads if the book were read over an extended period. I doubt that "extended" will be an issue for most readers. In any case, there are convenient appendices in the back to refresh one's memory on the characters and locations as needed.

So imagine my dismay when I went looking for information on the sequel and discovered that there wasn't one planned! Thanks, EOS (Or did I already say that?). I sincerely hope that the author finds an outlet for the last book. It's a story that deserves to be told. Oh - this is not a warning against purchasing the book. It's worth it even without a conclusion. There's more than enough intriguing material here to serve as a good start for imagining your own.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f3166f0) out of 5 stars The Story Continues... 29 Jun. 2006
By themarsman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Daniel's continues the story he started in Metaplanetary. The Department of Immunity Enforcement Division (DIED) forces have been building up their fleet in preparation for an all-out attack on the fremden (basically rebels) Triton. Also, Aubry has finally found her free-convert mother and is set to make an attempt to rescue her.

These events, along with Director Ames's further scheming to co-opt all of humanity, make Superluminal an easy page-turner. Unfortunately, Daniel's character development is hit and miss. He does a wonderful job delving into the burgeoning romance of a free-convert (all 1's and 0's) and aspect (flesh and blood)...but then lacks development of characters on other fronts...like Aubry and Jill...their lives as partisans fighting against Ames were skipped over almost completely.

What it all boils down to is a fun read...unfortunately, the depth Daniel's does show in his characters is hardly enough to sate readers but on the most cursory of levels. This being said, I do look forward to a continuation? ending? to Daniel's story.
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