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  • Mass Market Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra Books (23 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553591088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553591088
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Elizabeth Bear was born on the same say as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. This, coupled with her childhood tendency to read the dictionary for fun, has led inevitably to penury, intransigence, and the writing of speculative fiction. Her hobbies include incompetent archery, practicing guitar, and reading biographies of Elizabethan playmenders.
She is the recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for best New Writer and the author of over a dozen published or forthcoming novels, including the Locus Award-winning Jenny Casey trilogy and the Phillip K. Dick Award-nominated Carnival. A native New Englander, she spent seven years near Las Vegas, but now lives in Connecticut with a presumptuous cat.


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This novel takes no prisoners. Like the characters, the reader is continually searching for explanations and meaning. Something bad has happened to the generation starship the story takes place in. It was launched from Earth ages ago and was designed to spur the evolution and adaptation of its crew and ecosystems during its journey out. It uses an eclectic mix of technologies, both digital and biological. But where is the starship going and why?

The original ship crew were frozen after the cataclysmic events in its precursor Dust and in this book are restored in new bodies. The ship restoration is not complete as there are blind areas, that the new captain, Perceval, and her Angel Nova (an artificial intelligence) cannot penetrate. Even more worrying, the dark areas start to spread.

Perceval is a Conn, a member of the family that run things. The ex-head of the family, Alasdair Conn, instilled into his family a brutal disregard for anything except remaining in power. The fratricidal strife that drove the plot in Dust resurfaces in this novel. Tristen Conn is awakened to become the new First Mate. Along with Mallory the mage and his faithful, sentient power tool, Gavin, he is sent into the dark areas, where is it feared a secretly awakened Arianrhod Conn and her Angel Asrafil are en route to find a secret weapon hidden by the dead sorceress Cynric Conn. Benedick Conn, the father of Perceval and Tristen's brother, along with Chelsea Conn, are also awakened, as a second team questing after Arianrhod, as backup in case the first fails.

The Conns are not the only people on the ship: there are Means who acts as servants for the Conns, and small colonies of Go Backs, people who want off of the starship.
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I enjoyed most of "Dust" but at times found the style less than fluent. "Chill" felt like a step up to me - more cohesive and sustaining interest over every page. Looking forward to reading "Grail."
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This book follows on from Dust- Elizabeth Bear's most interesting novel combining machine technology and the concept of angels. I really enjoyed Dust- as an audio book- proper science fiction after reading mostly fantasy for years and equally enjoyed Dust. As is often the case, my only criticism is that the books are too short! So I am hoping for a third book soon to develop the concepts further.

Sheri Tepper's The Companions is another proper science fiction novel - for those who liked Dust and Chill
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3.0 out of 5 stars The problems with the middle 12 April 2011
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In a series you suffer from the same issues as the middle of a novel. You know the start already and it can't really end since there will be another novel after it. The action continues the characters deal with events that happened at the end of the 1st novel and mope for quite a few pages. Events start to pace and the chase is on again and then key event to the series to get things headed again finally happens. Then you are off to the third and final novel. I would recommend the series for those who are a bit open on their science fiction to add in elements traditionally found in fantasy.
5.0 out of 5 stars I am loving Elizabeth Bear 8 July 2015
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What an incredible author! If you want to expand your vocabulary this is the book to do it! I enjoy the story line and the different ideas of how various cultures might develop seperately, completely independent of Earth and communication from one another. The concept in and of itself is interesting but Bear developed it incredibly well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Annyone who is a fan of science fiction should enjoy this 23 Jan. 2016
By Tracey L. - Published on Amazon.com
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The second of trilogy that has kept me awake reading far too late at nights is entertaining and suspensful and just plain fun. Elizabeth Bear has limitless imagination and let's it run without pause throughout this trilogy.
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising 24 July 2013
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Initially I became a bit bored thinking this was another volume of chasing around after a fugitive, but step by step I realised it was more than that. I enjoyed the slow revealing of earlier history through the memories of the characters, the weird environments and the surprising twists and turns of the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She did it again! 29 Jun. 2010
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I think I may have liked it more than Dust. Only a bit.

I love everything about the world, the family, the technology, the prose, the plot, the shiny, the damage, the emotional states... Yeah, that. Everything.

I want to live there - which may sound idiotic - but dude!

ETA: The way some authors stay doggedly with a story in sequels, refusing to change, shackled to some imaginary framework of how to manage a *series* oft times bores me. This author is not afraid to change things as the story dictates - and if that means that a beloved character - is changed into a nearly unrecognizable other character - she is not afraid to do it. I just wished she'd be rewarded for it more often by readers who appreciate her fearlessness as a story teller.
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