Natural History / Edition 1by Justina Robson
Pub. Date: 12/28/2004
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
IMAGINE A WORLD...
Half-human, half-machine, Voyager Isol was as beautiful as a coiled/i>
A daring and original new novel from one of sci fi’s most provocative voices, Natural History is a stunning work of bold ideas, unforgettable characters, and epic adventure as one woman seeks to explore what may be the greatest mystery of all....
IMAGINE A WORLD...
Half-human, half-machine, Voyager Isol was as beautiful as a coiled scorpion–and just as dangerous. Her claim that she’d found a distant but habitable earthlike planet was welcome news to the rest of the Forged. But it could mean the end of what was left of the humanity who’d created and once enslaved them.
IMAGINE A FATE...
It was on behalf of the “unevolved” humans that Professor Zephyr Duquesne, cultural archaeologist and historian of Earth’s lost worlds, was chosen by the Gaiasol military authority to uncover the truth about this second “earth.” And her voyage, traveling inside the body of Isol, will take her to the center of a storm exploding across a spectrum of space and time, dimension and consciousness.
IMAGINE THE IMPOSSIBLE...
On an abandoned planet, in a wrinkle of time, Isol and Zephyr will find a gift and a curse: a power so vast that once unlocked, it will change the universe forever. With civil war looming, Zephyr’s perilous journey will lead her to a past where one civilization mysteriously vanished...and another may soon follow.
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A struggle between un-evolved humans and mech created people creatures just starts to degrade into what competely crazy stuff the author can imagine. There are some interesting questions in this simple story line but there are too many distractions with the "evolved" to make it worth reading. Not recommended unless you want a fantasy nightmare and not a single character or creature you give a darn about. JC
Millenniums since the music died of American Pie, humanity has split into two distinct species. The Unevolved retain the same DNA that mankind has had for millenniums while the Forged have been customized by splicing and pasting animal genes with mechanical devices to adapt them to whatever job their creators the Unevolved want them to perform. The Forged thirst for freedom from these 'chimp' makers, but their dream seems impossible as the Unevolved feel it is their lot to protect these lesser beings...................... The symbiotic relationship between maker and offspring changes when Voyager Lonestar Isol seeks a shortcut through debris near Barnard's Star. Instead the microscopic remains of an explosion caused by an alien presence earth time equivalent 246 BC punch holes into her turning her into Swiss cheese. The Forged ponder whether this third sentient species still survive and how could they have thrived without the leadership of the Unevolved. Hope amongst the suppressed Forged rises that they can form their own world without their keepers, but the Unevolved will never allow them to go because they depend on the Forged to survive.................... NATURAL HISTORY is a fantastic futuristic science fiction that provides an exciting tale yet also furbishes a deep thought provoking look at group interrelationships. The Unevolved seem like a future version of Colonialism with the ¿White Man¿s Burden while the Forged come across as victims unable to break the dependency chains though irate towards those who keep them enslaved. The discovery of a third intelligent species shakes the so called natural order, but will the Forged be willing to give up their comfortable yoke to follow this vanished race in a quest for freedom................ Harriet Klausner