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Noumenon Hardcover – 27 Jul 2017
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‘NOUMENON is a grand interstellar quest that marries intimate detail with the sweep of social change and discovery across generations. I was enthralled’
Yoon Ha Lee, author of Ninefox Gambit
‘A striking adventure story that could hold a galaxy in its scope’
‘An ambitious and stunning debut’
From the Back Cover
In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth's solar system.
But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go?
Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has an idea. He's discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics, and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon, or something more alien.
The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind's greatest ambition--to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy--is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie's mysterious star and explore its origins . . . and implications.
A mosaic novel of discovery, Noumenon--in a series of vignettes--examines the dedication, adventure, growth, and fear of having your entire world consist of nine ships in the vacuum of space. The men and women, and even the artificial intelligence, must learn to work and live together in harmony, as their original DNA is continuously replicated and they are born again and again into a thousand new lives. With the stars as their home and the unknown their destination, they are on a voyage of many lifetimes--an odyssey to understand what lies beyond the limits of human knowledge and imagination.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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6 August 2017
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
Character development is taken to a different level as the genetic lines struggle with what their predecessors were like. The pace was good apart from the last quarter which seemed rushed. More detail and a slower pace would really have helped that last quarter.
3 October 2017
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I found myself drawn in to the characters interactions in closed society. A surprising and new vision of how the 1st interstellar travel might occur, and the outcome very incitefull. I hope there is a sequel.
7 September 2017
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Some nice ideas here, generally well executed although I found the episodic structure (inevitable given the nature of the story) reduced some of the effectiveness and some episodes (The Pit, for example) didn't quite work.
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This excellent book features deep and satisfying character development and interesting, thought-provoking ideas about the development of societies. I highly recommend it.
Most of the reviewers seem to like this book, and so I'm sorry to be so negative, but the story really didn't do it for me.Read more
Loved this book, as you can tell. Only one problem. Quite likely people (like me, for example) will demand a follow up