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Slabscape : Reset by [Baker, S. Spencer]
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From the Publisher

Slabscape : Reset is the first of a series of webbacks - paperbacks that are backed up by an online encyclopaedia of definitions, back-stories, explanations and complete irrelevancies. This resource is freely available and will seriously dice with your head.

Reset is either a fast-paced mixture of satire and hard-core science fiction that explores the boundary of human weaknesses and aspirations or one very elaborate joke. We can't decide.

From the Back Cover

Louie Drago had been born into a broken world during the closing decade of the twentieth century, in what later became the upper-eastern googopolis of the North American continent.

Despite, or maybe because of the fact that he was short and had very few redeeming features, he'd lived an intense and sybaritic life. Married three times and divorced twice, his last wife, twenty years his junior, had run off with his mistress's son when he was sixty-four.

He'd worked hard and played even harder. By the time he was seventy-five he was pornographically wealthy, had travelled to everywhere on Earth he'd had any desire to visit, had experienced as many risky and thrilling experiences as he could reasonably endure and had variously drunk, eaten or inhaled more legal, semi-legal or wildly illegal substances than even his robust constitution could tolerate. He'd been there, seen it and done it and stubbornly refused to buy any t-shirts, postcards or anything that would ever require dusting. He was also terminally bored.

They were building a spaceship. A huge interstellar spaceship. They needed two things; young, healthy volunteers and a lot of money. He bought himself a guaranteed place, but as the ship wouldn't be ready to leave for another thirty years and Louie had serious doubts about living that long, he developed an elaborate plan. On his eightieth birthday he signed a fiendishly complicated agreement, completed the downloading of his entire personality into an interactive long term storage system, had one of those parties that people talked about for years afterwards, and while the Bacchanalian festivities were at their peak, had himself ceremonially placed into cryonic suspension.

There's a small problem with cryonics. If a body has been frozen for more than a hundred years, when the subject is revived, they have no memories at all. Nothing. Three hundred and sixty years later, when medical science had advanced sufficiently so that every single stipulation of the original contract (except one) had been fulfilled, the long and painful process of unfreezing the considerably altered body of the entity previously known as Louis Clinton Drago began.


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1120 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Blip Books; 2 edition (12 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DNWSWS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm not 1 for writing reviews, I never really know what to say but if your thinking of reading this book your thinking in the right direction.
It's not often I come across a book that i can read then read again only to discover that i want to read it yet again, I'm on my third read through now and am desperate for a sequel.
the fact that its also backed up by [...] is just amazing, its a fountain of information i never thought or considered a sci-fi book could come with. A personal favourite is the life disclaimer which i have actually come to believe should be taught in schools to curb the health and safety nuts that are ruining modern life.

I suppose i should say a little something about the book itself but where do i start? the characters are great, the humour is very similar to Douglas Adams style which makes the book all the more engaging and the whole idea of the slab and its mission is something truly human.

No other life form in this universe weather real or fictional could come up with something as engaging or original as slabscape:reset not without understanding true human nature (the fact that weather we admit it or not, all we really want is something or someone to blame)
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This is good Sci Fi. The Douglas Adams comparisons are not valid though and may unfairly set expectations. It is Sci-Fi - not comedy, not a jolly jape through space and I think stands up well as serious sci fi - albeit with some off the wall ideas.

The book is full of good ideas, an interesting story and believable (but not always likeable) characters.

It's not perfect tho. The middle portion of the book does low down too much. I could not at all picture the layout of the Slab - upside, downside etc. - compare to Clarke's Rendevous with Rama where I could picture it well.

Overall, though, an enjoyable book.

Hopefully a follow-up will come along soon - I'll certainly get it.
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An original concept, interesting characters, witty dialogue, and novel futuristic ideas all make this a most entertaining and often thought-provoking read. Just enough Sci-Fi for the hard-core fans, and enough plot and intrigue for the norms. Looking forward to the next in the series, it should be published in the current Earth year.

Mention has been made of a Hitchhikers connection; certainty the humour is similar, and the bizarre concepts are on a par with the fantastic ideas of the late DNA.

[[Don't be a cake, buy it and rate it]]
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Yes well I am not sure how to describe this one, its good sci fi set in the future marbled through with humour... not your rip roaring kind, but incongruous situations that make you smile or laugh out loud. I do like my dish served up with a dash of humour so this one worked well for me.

Set in the future our main character is reborn into basically a flying spaceship, with little or no memory. From there on we explore the life, culture and politics of the gigantic space ship in all its quirky futuristic wonder. There are so many different agendas ...who or what can you trust! Plenty of action in there and interesting ideas.

Whilst it can be read as a single story there is that
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S. Spencer Baker was really nice to me a while back. He took the time to answer some noob questions I had, and gave me some really good advice. I bought this book as a 'thank you', then basically forgot I had it.

On my recent vacation, I almost ran out of Kindle books, and finally got to the page Slabscape was on. I really wished I had bumped into it sooner.

At first, I thought Spencer was taking the p***, and simply copying the style of a well known genius. A little persistence, though, showed me that what I was looking at was just ('just'?) a similar style. For me, Slabscape soon began to feel like a curious fusion of Douglas Adams and Iain M Banks, Hitchikers and Culture. Perhaps even a little Harry Harrison too.

What this mix produced was a solid story, but with a bubble of humour running along underneath. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was disappointed to find out that, despite suggestions there was another book, S. Spencer Baker appears to have only released this one. I'd very much like to see more
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Just finished reading SLABSCAPE: RESET.

I've been reading hard core science fiction all my adult life and I must say that I really enjoyed this novel. When I saw the first couple of pages I thought I had made a mistake in buying the book - I thought I was going to get stuck with something where strange formatting of text was the core of the story. It didn't take long to realise that there was a great story instead. It really does take a number of ideas and explores their impact on people.

I couldn't put the book down - I read until it was finished. That is how I measure any really great story.

Now I can't help waiting for SLABSCAPE: DAMMIT

The Author's blog from May 2012 suggests he was just starting a re-write of SLABSCAPE: DAMMIT having scribbled all over the finished story. I just hope he gets through the re-write quickly and that the proof-readers don't take too long! I wonder if it would spoil it for me if I offered to become a proof reader??
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