Nulapeiron: a world isolated for twelve centuries. Its billions of inhabitants occupy subterranean strata, ruled by a trained aristocracy of lords and ladies whose power base is upheld by oracles. But revolution has touched all of its many cultures – failing in its intent, yet changing everything. Now Lord Tom Corcorigan – the commoner-turned-noble who renounced his power; the poet, logosopher, and holder of the key to understanding the myriad wonders of mu-space; the legendary one-armed warrior, former revolutionary, and would-be peacemaker – lies fatally wounded. His survival is dependent on his meeting with a mysterious seer whose spacetime-warping talents transcend the merely Oracular. It is a confrontation that will result in bitter tragedy and loss. Can the woman he loves be truly dead, or can quantum mysteries lie beyond the grave? Turning his back on a society sliding once more into anarchy and chaos, a disillusioned and despairing Tom wanders this strange, stratified world in search of meaning, love, and his own salvation. But it seems Nulapeiron is threatened by a vast, insidious, and terrifying enemy whose origins may lie beyond their world, beyond their understanding. And now is the time for legends to be reborn. Sequel to the acclaimed Paradox and the second book in the Nulapeiron Sequence, Context is a thrilling, daring and complex novel that confirms John Meaney as one of British science fiction’s most original and exciting practitioners.
About the Author
John Meaney is the author of four novels—To Hold Infinity, Paradox, Context, and Resolution, the latter three titles comprising his critically-acclaimed Nulapeiron Sequence. He also has numerous short-fiction publication credits. His novelette "Sharp Tang" was short-listed for the British Science Fiction Association Award in 1995. His novella "The Whisper of Disks" was included in the 2003 edition of The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois. His novella "The Swastika Bomb" was reprinted in The Best Short Science Fiction Novels of the Year (2004), edited by Jonathan Strahan. His story "Diva’s Bones" was reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy 5, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. Meaney has a degree in physics and computer science, and holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate. He lives in England. Visit his website at www.johnmeaney.com.
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Context based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Meaney keeps up the pace he set in Paradox. Tom Corcorigan has survived the revolution he helped create in the previous volume, and now has to locate a lost love in a world struggling against the Blight, a collective intelligence using humans as puppets. We also learn a bit more about the events in his future history both with the development of mu-space Pilots and following the story in To Hold Infinity. The book is as much of a page-turner as the first one.I¿m impressed by the amount of development that Meaney puts into his future world; while the human condition is recognizably the same as in the modern era or the Middle Ages, he portrays a world that has spent a long time developing away from our own, even under the shackles of a pseudo-feudal hierarchy, with cross-pollination between physics and mathematics and philosophy.
The is the second book of a series. It's been a while since I read the first book. The author's writing style is some times terse when it comes to actual events and the description of what is going on. He frequently has characters mentioning terms and facts without some related background. I think it is a difficult book to finish quite frankly. He certainly is creative. But his world that he has created seems incomplete. The story line also follows two plots. One path follows the life of young astronaut ten centuries earlier on earth. The other path focuses on the developments on the Nulapeiron world. I don't think the author made a convincing link between both story lines. Overall, I don't think I would recommend this series of books.