A Darkling Sea: A Novel

A Darkling Sea: A Novel

by James L. Cambias
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A Darkling Sea: A Novel by James L. Cambias

On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a team of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The Terran explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don't disturb the Ilmataran habitat, they're free to conduct their missions in peace.

But when Henri Kerlerec, media personality and reckless adventurer, ends up sliced open by curious Ilmatarans, tensions between Terran and Sholen erupt, leading to a diplomatic disaster that threatens to escalate to war.

Against the backdrop of deep-sea guerrilla conflict, a new age of human exploration begins as alien cultures collide. Both sides seek the aid of the newly enlightened Ilmatarans. But what this struggle means for the natives—and the future of human exploration—is anything but certain, in A Darkling Sea by James Cambias.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466827561
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 184,265
File size: 658 KB

About the Author

James Cambias has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and the 2001 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He lives in Western Massachusetts. A Darkling Sea is his first novel.


James L. Cambias, the author of A Darkling Sea, has been nominated for the Nebula Award, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and the 2001 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He lives in Western Massachusetts.

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A Darkling Sea 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JimboMI More than 1 year ago
This book is 100% pure, unadulterated win. Cambias has managed to not only create two new complete, real feeling alien cultures, he has also successfully extrapolated a future human society that is both believable and interesting without being distopian. No, not everything is perfect, but it's not all bad either. He manages to create different ways of speaking and of thinking to separate the three species in his book so that the reader is always aware of who is speaking. That's a rare gift. I will be getting more of his books in the near future.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The closing chapters are rather weaker than the main body and the narrative around the challenging aliens less convincing than the local development. A rushed and superficial feeling ending. Not bad but detract from a very strong first 2/3rds
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was fantastic. The cultures and alien anatomy was unique and believable. I liked the interactions between all of them. It was great. But I may be a little dense. Can anyone tell me the signifigance of what was found in the stone box on the last page?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An interesting read capturing science fiction and fantasy.
Repeat_BandN_Customer More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully remote and strange. Don't consider it on the basis of being a "good first novel." Consider it instead as a good scifi novel of an amazingly distant and foreign world. I look forward with enthusiasm to whatever this writer does next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick, fun, little bit scary, fast paced sci-fi read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An imaginative read that I want more of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complex with so many threads to the story
joeb1 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best I've read in quite some time. You won't be disapointed with the charactors or the story line. I only hope that Cambias adds more books to go with 'A Darkling Sea'! Excellent Book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This should be made into an AMC show or something. It is the perfect blend of sci-fi and moral indescision.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago