- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (22 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316072818
- ISBN-13: 978-0316072816
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,092,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hull Zero Three Hardcover – 22 Nov 2010
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Hull Zero Three is a lean, mean, supercharged sense-of-wonder engine. (Alastair Reynolds)
Hull Zero Three is a grand adventure of scientific discovery ... by turns chilling and touching, it poses challenging questions about what it means to be human. (Charlie Stross)
Greg Bear's voice is a resonant, clear chord of quality binding some of the best SF of the 20th Century to the short list of science-savvy, sophisticated, top-notch speculative fiction of the 21st. More than a grace note, Hull Zero Three is a compelling allegro in the growing symphony of Greg Bear's finest work. (Dan Simmons)
Not for those who prefer their space opera simple-minded, this beautifully written tale where nothing is as it seems will please readers with a well-developed sense of wonder. (PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY)
I loved Hull Zero Three ... this book reminds me of why I fell in love with science fiction in the first place. Searing questions of humanity, a good old fashioned riddle of a plot, and excellent conceptualization make Hull Zero Three more than worth the effort. (THE BOOK SMUGGLERS) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Trapped on a mysterious spaceship, the only way to escape is to survive. A thrilling novel from the Hugo and Nebula award-winning Greg Bear. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
"Hull Zero Three" comprises 304 pages of text, split into three main sections: "The Flesh", "The Devil", and "The World" (a typically Biblical allusion for those with that sort of background).Read more ›
'Hull Zero Three' is Greg Bear's masterful working of one of the big questions of science fiction. What happens when new technology quite literally overtakes old technology? Old hat - yes but Greg Bear has some interesting twists.
His old technology is not the usual generation ship launched from Earth towards a specific target. This behemoth is an automated ship with three semi-autonomous hulls, linked through Destination Control, and wrapped around the mountain of ice that is its fuel and propellant supply. The plan is that as the ship nears the halfway point of its journey it will give birth to a group of human crew members. They will live in Destination Control and select the ships target system. As the ship approaches its target world it will give birth to other human crew members. The key twist is that these crew members will be genetically adapted to both survive on their new world and to perform specific duties. One such special task is the extermination of any intelligent, native life from their new world.
The story of 'Hull Zero Three' happens long after the time of the selection of the ship's destination. The main character is born believing that the ship has arrived. He expects to be disembarking to teach the new settlers about humanity's ideals and achievements.Read more ›
He is untimely ripped from an artificial womb and forced to confront a world where gravity comes and goes, where different variations on humanity form shifting alliances, where ghosts lurk in the machine, and where all are hunted by monstrous creatures fashioned from the ship's gene pool.
This is a thriller of discovery as our narrator, at first confused, and with large gaps in his knowledge, slowly learns about himself, about the nature of the ship on which he is travelling, about what has gone wrong and about the true nature of its mission. All the time, he and his companions must decide who to trust and with whom to ally themselves between three powerful forces, Ship Control, Destination Guidance and the apparently benevolent Mother.
To get a feel of the novel I would say it has elements of Greg Bear's own Anvil of Stars in its themes of the destruction of civilsiations and of children growing beyond their parents, the nature of the mission owes much to Allen Steele's Coyote novels and the environment within the starship is reminiscent of Larry Niven's Integral Trees.
This is definitely at the thought provoking end of SF, exploring themes of identity, of what is acceptable in the name of survival and of colonialism. The writing is often dreamlike, sometimes borders on the lyrical, but is also gripping and fast paced when necessary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this. Good to have Greg Bear around now that Iain Banks is sadly no longer with us.Published 16 months ago by Mr. Paul Barrow
Endless boring description of journey along corridors with hardly any story or character development. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jag
I'm a fan of sci-fi books generally, but this book annoyed me to finish. The main character is the standard unreliable narrator, but the book does poorly at revealing what, exactly... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Shane Mulcair
Normally like Greg Bear but found this hard going to complete .Think could have been 150 pages shorterPublished 19 months ago by Andrew Miller
Cold, dark and bewildering - great science fiction! It is different from other Greg Bear books and should be read as a stand-alone novel. Read morePublished 22 months ago by arunmuk
I read this on my e-reader and was dismayed that Greg Bear, whom I previously considered a talented Sci-Fi writer, should have consented to having such a lame and unimaginative... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Perfect
Step 1: Read Rendezvous with Rama and watch Pandorum
Step 2: Combine the underlying ideas of both
Step 3: Start to waffle
Step 4: Get bored, don't bother resolving... Read more
Disappointing, compared with other Greg Bear books I've read. It started very well but seemed to ramble after a while.Published on 11 Mar. 2015 by rodbod