The Diamond Deep

The Diamond Deep

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by Brenda Cooper

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What if a woman as strong and as complex as Eva Perón began her life as a robot repair assistant threatened by a powerful peacekeeping force that wants to take all she has from her?

The discovery ship, Creative Fire, is on its way home from a multi-generational journey. But home is nothing like the crew expected. They have been gone for


What if a woman as strong and as complex as Eva Perón began her life as a robot repair assistant threatened by a powerful peacekeeping force that wants to take all she has from her?

The discovery ship, Creative Fire, is on its way home from a multi-generational journey. But home is nothing like the crew expected. They have been gone for generations, and the system they return to is home to technologies and riches beyond their wildest dreams. But they are immediately oppressed and relegated to the lowest status imaginable, barely able to interact with the technologies and people of the star station where they dock, the Diamond Deep. 

Ruby Martin and her partner, Joel North, must find a way to learn what they need to know and to become more than they have ever been if they are to find a way to save their people.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this unappealing second half of a space opera duology (after The Creative Fire) based loosely on the life of Evita Perón, Cooper bites off far more than she can chew, muddling her original saga of overcoming oppression with a first-contact narrative that falls completely flat. The bickering factions on the damaged generation ship Creative Fire have reached a compromise. There are still pockets of resistance, especially among the laboring “reds,” but thanks to Ruby Martin’s selfless leadership and the aid of the ship’s AI, the ship is integrated and its inhabitants are working as a cohesive group. Reaching their home system in a functioning ship turns out to be a simple task, though, compared with trying to understand the differences that generations apart have created between the ship’s inhabitants and those on their originating planet of Adiamo. Stilted language, a one-track plot, and Ruby’s distinct lack of Evita’s talent for leadership and politics make this limp novel one to miss. Agent: Eleanor Wood, Spectrum Agency. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“I loved The Diamond Deep. Excellent writing, fabulous story, and an emotional punch that leaves you wishing that Cooper wrote faster. Damned fine storytelling.” 
J. A. Pitts, author of Forged in Fire

"Cooper makes her real-life model, Argentina’s Evita Perón, a clear presence while declining to be mindlessly constrained by her inspiration. Interestingly for a genre that often glorifies “lifeboat rules” and contrived hard choices, Cooper’s protagonists err on the side of mercy; violence has its place but they do their best to bring change through law. Similarly the studied indifference of the rich and powerful to the weak and poor is condemned, not praised. A sequel to 2012’s The Creative Fire, this is a worthy conclusion to Ruby’s story."
RT Book Reviews, Four stars

Praise for The Creative Fire (Book One of Ruby's Song):

"What [it] does, and does well, is marry the character-driven focus of Cooper's writing with an intriguing protagonist, a well thought out setting and spins a fascinating story. I most definitely want to read the second volume of Ruby's Song." 
- SF Signal

"Cooper puts a science fiction spin on the life of Eva Perón in this fast-paced, teen-friendly series starter." - Publisher's Weekly

“[A] wonderful work of social science fiction.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will admire Ruby’s resolve and ability in this dystopian thriller.” - VOYA
“An intriguing protagonist, a well thought out setting, and…a fascinating story. I most definitely want to read the second volume of Ruby's Song." - SF Signal

Product Details

Prometheus Books
Publication date:
Ruby's Song Series
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.16(d)

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Copyright © 2013 Brenda Cooper
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ISBN: 978-1-61614-855-3


Ruby sat on the edge of the bed, as silent and still as possible. Now, more than ever before, she felt all of the generations that had been born and died in The Creative Fire. Their work, their hope, their dreams, and their pain seemed to float around Ruby like a fog of intent.

Joel's quiet breath filled the room, punctuated with the creaks and groans of the great ship around her, the sigh of machinery that filled the space inside with air and delivered water to grow food, to drink, and to clean. Living so near the center not only sounded different, but it felt different; as if the entire mass of The Creative Fire centered here on Joel's room.

On their room. It was their room, and she would stay in it. She would share his power, and she would do it well. She had earned it. She would find a way to fit here.

Beside her, Joel rolled over and stretched. She put a hand on his shoulder, kneading softly to work at his stiff muscles. As her fingers worked, Joel's breath lost the even rhythm of sleep.

He pushed himself up on his elbow. "You might as well be pacing."

"I can feel the ship around me. At home," she gestured outward, toward the working habitats, "at home there would be robots going by and children laughing and bells for shift change."

"Isn't your home here now?"

"Of course." The tone of her whisper was a caress to match the hand that trailed along his back. "You worked out hard yesterday."

"Winning has given me more enemies." He touched her hair, stroking it. "You have them, too. You should start working with KJ again. It's been five weeks since the last actual fighting. Get back into routines. I'll send two guards with you."

Ruby laughed. "No guards."

He turned her face toward his. "It's not a request. You don't know who hates you yet. It's a risk of being with me."

"I'll take friends. Like Ani and Dayn."

"Good thing there isn't a stubborn bone in your body."

"Or yours." She fell back onto the bed against him. "Ix!"

"Yes, Ruby." The ship's AI chose a soft female voice.

"Bring up the Adiamo system." She loved having a display in the bedroom. A luxurious manifestation of Joel's power as captain of The Creative Fire. The screen sprang to life, presenting a view of a single brilliant sun with two gas giants, and cradled between, two inhabited planets. Tiny lights blinked for the orbiting space stations. "Is that real yet?" she asked Ix.

"It's still the game view. I can see the sun, Adiamo, but we aren't close enough for the cameras to pick up planets or stations."

She frowned and whispered into Joel's ear. "What are we going to find there?"

One hand roamed her torso. "Our home."

"Our destiny."

She closed her eyes. Change. She loved change, she had made change, created it with all of her being.

So why did she feel so unprepared?


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Meet the Author

Brenda Cooper (Bellevue, WA) is the author of The Creative Fire, Book One of Ruby's Song, and the The Silver Ship series. Though not intended as a Young Adult novel, book 1, The Silver Ship and the Sea, was selected by Library Journal as one of the year's 100 Best Books for YA and by Booklist as one of the top ten 2007 adult books for youth to read. The other books in the series are Reading the Wind and Wings of Creation. She is the author of Mayan December and has collaborated with Larry Niven (Building Harlequin's Moon).

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The Diamond Deep 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd have a lot more faith in the so-called "professional" reviews if the reviewer actually knew enough about it to get the series order correct. Diamond Deep is actually the FIRST book in the series and Creative Fire is the second. While not necessarily Pulitzer material, Diamond Deep is a satisfying space opera with fun characters; especially a good female protagonist