Zero Point (Owner Series #2)by Neal Asher
Earth’s Zero Asset citizens no longer face extermination from orbit. Thanks to Alan Saul, the Committee’s network of control is a smoking ruin and its robotic enforcers lie dormant. But power abhors a vacuum and, scrambling from the wreckage, comes the ruthless Serene Galahad. She must act while the last vestiges of Committee infrastructure remain… See more details below
Earth’s Zero Asset citizens no longer face extermination from orbit. Thanks to Alan Saul, the Committee’s network of control is a smoking ruin and its robotic enforcers lie dormant. But power abhors a vacuum and, scrambling from the wreckage, comes the ruthless Serene Galahad. She must act while the last vestiges of Committee infrastructure remain intact and she has the means to ensure command is hers. On Mars, Var Delex fights for the survival of Antares Base, while the Argus Space Station hurls towards the red planet. And she knows whomever, or whatever, trashed Earth is still aboard. Var must save the base, while also dealing with the first signs of rebellion. And aboard Argus Station, Alan Saul’s mind has expanded into the local computer network. In the process, he uncovers the ghastly experiments of the Humanoid Unit Development, the possibility of eternal life, and a madman who may hold the keys to interstellar flight. But Earth’s agents are closer than Saul thinks, and the killing will soon begin.
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Asher's style continues to evolve from the Grand Guignol visceral nature of his earlier Prador novels into more philosophical musings on what it means to be human in a post-Singularity future without losing the slam-bang action of the best Space Opera leavened with mordant humor.
UNLESS SOMEONE TELLS YOU TO. GOT IT?
A bright light encases a tree as a dark grey femme pads out of it. She pads towards the two cats and tells them, "I'm sorry to say, but rough times are ahead. Things will become troubled, and too soon. I have a prophecy to take back to Dragonstar, Cloudbeauty, and Spiritfern. Talk it over."<br>"A storm of mud will rise<br>To defeat a shining sparkle<br>The kiss of shadows becomes a kiss of death<br>But the bark of a willow will stop the fight<br>with a threat of life or death<br>The shadow, kissed by the chance to live<br>grasps it in his claws.<br>While the dragon is cured,<br>the herbs will turn<br>And befuddle the minds of the young.<br>With the help of a spirit<br>and the shining sparkle<br>to teach the young the faults.<br>But lay the shadow to sleep<br>Guarded so he cannot turn back<br>The kiss will know hope isn't lost.<br>The forest of darkness<br>Will say they win<br>But they will be mistaken<br>for a willow at dusk<br>Will know to end it all<br>While the shining sparkle fights death's door"<br>"Good luck," Myntlight says softly, fading into the light. &starf &star Myntlight &star &starf