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Angel Stations by [Gibson, Gary]
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Aeons ago, a super-scientific culture known as 'Angels' had left incomprehensible relics all over the galaxy. Among these phenomena were the Stations, whereby human spacecraft could jump instantly from one part of the galaxy to another. And from them the brilliant Angel technology could be explored and exploited. One of these stations orbits the planet Kaspar, where the only other known sentient species outside Earth has been meticulously allowed to continue evolving in its own world of primitive ignorance. But suddenly Kaspar's mysterious 'Citadel' has become the vital key to repelling the fast-approaching threat. At what cost, though, to its native inhabitants ... and to the human residents of the orbiting Angel station?

About the Author

GARY GIBSON works as a graphic designer, and was previously a magazine editor, in his home town of Glasgow. He has been writing since the age of fourteen, and this is his first published novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1149 KB
  • Print Length: 561 pages
  • Publisher: Tor; New Edit/Cover edition (9 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076LXRU6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,392 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Angel Stations: artifacts found around the galaxy that permit faster than light travel between them by travelling through the singularity it creates. These ancient structures were created by the Angels, a long gone race that have left many other interesting things throughout the stars. One of the Angel Stations is found in the oort cloud of our system and allows humanity to travel to other stations that are discovered.

Through these gateways another sentient race is discover on the planet Kasper, a dog-like race that is still in it's iron age. It is on this planet that the Citadel is discovered, a vast Angel built structure that has many, many secrets. However, with the discovery by some that a deadly radiation front is coming out from the centre of the galaxy, the Citadel could hold the answer to stopping it before it wipes out Kasper's inhabitants.

Kim is a pilot, travelling around the outer Kaspian system in her Goblin making a living any way she can. Troubled by her past, when she was the leader of an expedition to the Citadel and a terrible accident occurred, one that she still blames herself for. Her lover, Susan, was lost in this accident and Kim now re-lives the memories that Susan recorded. Susan was an observer, making recordings onto 'books', a way for others to experience what she does.

Eilias is an ex-soldier, one that volunteered for genetic experiments to be performed on him using Angel information that was discovered. He can sometimes see the future, although not very clearly. He is pursuing Trencher, an old friend whose precognitive abilities are by far the most powerful known. Trencher is also the result of experiments, but experiments that were performed on his unborn embryo, along with his two brothers.
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In the distant future, mankind has the ability to explore the stars, thanks to the discovery hundreds of years before of Angel technology. These Angel gates were left behind by an alien race long since vanished from the known universe. They allow ships to move from one to another across enormous expanses of space, leading to the establishment of stations around the gates, inhabited by traders, explorers and entrepreneurs. But despite the opportunities opened up to humankind, it has yet to find another world to replace the one it has damaged perhaps irreparably. Except for Kaspar.

Kaspar is a very distant planet, only just released from the grip of an Ice Age, but it is inhabited by the only known sentient aliens, a doglike race living an almost medieval existence, fighting wars, obeying religious laws, caring for their families, in complete ignorance of what else might share their planet. For on it is the Citadel, a mysterious and extremely strange Angel structure, which is studied by the humans who live on the Angel Station above, sending down secret missions into the Citadel. It is decreed, for now, that this planet must be left to the Kaspians but that doesn't stop it, and the powerful Alien technology that can be found there, from being an irresistible temptation to the men and women who watch from its orbit or plot from an overcrowded, dying Earth.

Angel Stations, the first novel by Gary Gibson, is a wonder. It is packed full to the brim with ideas and these ideas vary from being completely captivating to tantalisingly elusive. Above all else, they build a universe that I was eager to explore even though, in 400 pages, there was never going to be enough time for every question to be answered.
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Other people have covered the storyline so I'll be brief and describe how I felt about the book. It's too long. This story should have been done in half the pages. Good ideas but the bits I was really interested in were not developed. I think if this author can keep the ideas coming and refine the storytelling then he'll produce some really good work.
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It took me while to keep track of all the cast in this adventure, shades of dark and demon like people, brilliant aliens, and a great understanding of human nature, I love this writer, a new author for me to add to my list, up there with Alistair Reynolds and Neil Asher.
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Tolerably good although the man has a ways to go to establish himself in the first rank. Some cool ideas (probably too many), but dodgy characterization, and plenty of loose ends. If you've exhausted the REALLY good stuff, may be worth giving it a whirl.
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A really good book which due to the complexity of the story takes a little starting. However, it's a fascinating journey and quite original in places.

Quite comparable quality to "Stealing Light" and a good read.
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Just couldn't get into this. I had high expectations, but wasn't interested in the world, the characters or the plot. One of the few books I own to have wound up in s charity shop with no real reluctance.
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A bit outside my preferred type of science fiction, but a good read with plenty of action. Bought on Kindle to save on bookshelf space. Don't think I'd read again though.
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