Hull Zero Three

Hull Zero Three

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by Greg Bear
     
 

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A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination - unknown. Its purpose - a mystery.

Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home - a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms - he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the

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A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination - unknown. Its purpose - a mystery.

Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home - a new planet and the woman he was meant to love in his arms - he finds himself wet, naked, and freezing to death. The dark halls are full of monsters but trusting other survivors he meets might be the greater danger.

All he has are questions — Who is he? Where are they going? What happened to the dream of a new life? What happened to Hull 03?

All will be answered, if he can survive the ship.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Multiple Hugo and Nebula winner Bear (City at the End of Time) sets this difficult but rewarding short novel on an interstellar colony ship gone astray. Teacher was supposed to be awakened just before landfall. What he finds when he gains some semblance of consciousness, however, is a dangerous and chaotic environment, with monsters roaming the ship's corridors and no one in charge. As he and a small band of equally ignorant crew members attempt to reach the gigantic ship's control center, they travel through a series of labyrinthine spaces, uncovering a variety of clues to the disaster that has destroyed large parts of the starship and damaged the controlling AIs. Not for those who prefer their space opera simpleminded, this beautifully written tale where nothing is as it seems will please readers with a well-developed sense of wonder. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780575100961
Publisher:
Gollancz, Victor Limited
Publication date:
11/28/2011

Meet the Author

Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy, including Forerunner: Cryptum, Mariposa, Darwin's Radio, Eon, and Quantico. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear and is the father of Erik and Alexandra. His works have been published internationally in over twenty languages. Bear has been called the "Best working writer of hard science fiction" by "The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Science Fiction."

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Hull Zero Three 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Larreatri More than 1 year ago
I've been a Greg Bear fan since I read Eon 25 years ago and in the quarter century that's passed I've read almost everything he's written. Most of his writings are quite readable, some are truly page-turners, but every now and then he misses the mark widely. He missed it in Dead Lines and he's missed it in Hull Zero Three. I found reading Hull Zero Three to be drudgery but I kept at it thinking that it would pick up and the work would be worth it. It didn't and it wasn't. It might be that I've been reading SciFi for more than 50 years now and am overly critical but I think not. This is just not a good book. Bear can do better and has. Hopefully he will again.
pduncan More than 1 year ago
I am an avid SF reader. Hull zero three was one of the worst books I have ever attempted to read. I stayed with it for many pages,hoping that it would eventually make sense. I finally gave up, about 2/3rds through it. The narrative was chaotic. Maybe there were some good ideas, but they were lost among the rambling and repetitive account - I won't even call it a "story". I love most of Greg Bear's work. I don't understand why he wrote this, or why it was published.
S-III More than 1 year ago
The ONLY book I've never finished reading! I loved other works by Bear like Eon, but he dropped the ball in this one. The begging is really awkward to read, I get that its supposed to follow a guy that doesn't know what is going on, but it felt like the Author didn't know how to write. Which we all know is not true, Eon and Blood music are fantastic. The pace is TOO fast, like you are trying to keep up and feel like you are missing key elements in the story, but in reality, they are not there. A good idea, poorly implemented.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Greg Bear, but I really did not like this book. I was unable to get past coupleof chapters. The confusion of the protagonist in the beginning, the staccato way of writing, horrible.
Aeshec More than 1 year ago
I picked up Hull Zero Three because, firstly, I saw that one of my favorite authors, Vernor Vinge (Fire Upon the Deep), had written a tag line praising the book. Secondly, after reading the first page, I knew that Bear's writing could hold my interest. Reading this book was a pure pleasure. Bear's writing really serves to transport your mind into a specific state of being. The writing, coupled with some excellent twists and an array of imaginative ideas, left me spellbound through the entirety of the novel. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dark SciFi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing like waking up on a spaceship with a bunch of monsters that want to kill you.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
Man wakes up on a ship travelling through space with little or no memory. A young girl saves him from danger and they travel through this huge ship which is damaged. They meet others (including twins?) and constantly fight against death to reach the forward part of the ship. Is this science fiction or a horror tale? Although, I like the premise, I could not get into this novel or the characters, including lead who is narrating the story. A certain miss for me.
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choppy writing not up to his usual standards...my friend and I exchange it back n forth as a bad joke.
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
A novel that keeps you guessing, a narrator whose scattered memories bear little relation to his present situation, a space-ship that might be symbol or reality, and a wealth of characters who aren’t quite human but might not be anything else; it would be hard to imagine a more unsettling start or setting for a novel. But Greg Bear’s Hull Zero Three keeps readers glued to the page, providing just enough consistency and detail to promise a genuine resolution. The story has a computer-game feeling, with dark corridors, surprise scares waiting around corners, and sudden telling details that tie it all together. But everything is so beautifully and convincingly described, it makes a thoroughly enjoyable read. Cleverly three-dimensional and absorbingly real, it offers much more than any game, keeping the reader guessing, wondering, choosing and deciding as the tale progresses. Te freezing cold of space will have you shivering in your armchair, and the shape and design of the giant spaceship almost paints itself on the movie screen of the mind. A well-hidden mystery blends science and human error into a shape resembling myth as the tale comes together, making this a fascinating, fast-flowing novel exploring space and human nature and more. Highly recommended for fans of science fiction, and ponderers of the fate of humankind. Disclosure: One of my sons gave me this for Christmas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very riviting book good as any book Bear has written.
US-Military-Art-Guy More than 1 year ago
This is my first reading of a Greg Bear work. The story is unique, and takes many unexpected turns. Though I wouldn't consider it a "page turner," it definitely held my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thestory is intended to be a thriller. The narrstor starts out not knowing ehat is real or dream time. He slowly learns more about the real world as he comes up against various monsters. Finds friends. Not quite as formulaic as all that but the characters just did not engage me. Since I didn't care not much suspense. Othereise ok. Not a waste if time, but certainly not Bear's best.
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Dinodavid More than 1 year ago
This was stupied painfull to read. Sorry