Newton's Wake

Newton's Wake

by Ken MacLeod
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Newton's Wake by Ken MacLeod


In the aftermath of the Hard Rapture-a cataclysmic war sparked by the explosive evolution of Earth's artificial intelligences into godlike beings-a few remnants of humanity managed to survive. Some even prospered.

Lucinda Carlyle, head of an ambitious clan of galactic entrepreneurs, had carved out a profitable niche for herself and her kin by taking control of the Skein, a chain of interstellar gates left behind by the posthumans. But on a world called Eurydice, a remote planet at the farthest rim of the galaxy, Lucinda stumbled upon a forgotten relic of the past that could threaten the Carlyles' way of life.

For, in the last instants before the war, a desperate band of scientists had scanned billions of human personalities into digital storage, and sent them into space in the hope of one day resurrecting them to the flesh. Now, armed, dangerous, and very much alive, these revenants have triggered a fateful confrontation that could shatter the balance of power, and even change the nature of reality itself.

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ISBN-13: 9780765344229
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Ken MacLeod holds a degree in zoology and has worked in the fields of biomechanics and computer programming. His first two novels, The Star Fraction and The Stone Canal, each won the Prometheus Award; The Cassini Division was a finalist for the Nebula Award; The Sky Road won the British Science Fiction Association Award, and it and Cosmonaut Keep were finalists for the Hugo Award. His novella The Human Front won the Sidewise Award. Ken MacLeod lives near Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and children.

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Newton's Wake: A Space Opera 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Gurdonark More than 1 year ago
How can a young woman's first mission of battlefield "archeology" go so wrong? In "Newton's Wake", Ken MacLeod takes the reader to a future history grounded in the mystery and folly of our present technological time. As with the best space opera, hard science and satire intermingle in an interesting plot to permit ideas to be made more entertaining by the characters who live them. A technological catastrophe creates a universe in which the people are recognizably human, but the settings as exotic as space itself. The work shapes up into a clash of cultures and of visions of humanity, all told within characters whose behavior is not that far removed from our own time. The narrative covers a great deal of ground in a few pages, yet the story never feels rushed or threadbare. The author wisely does not tell us all the details of his universe, but allows an allusion here and a reference there for the benefit of the jigsaw-loving reader. At the end, I was left pleased with the ride, but ready to return to the folly of my own reality.
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Finished Newton's Wake yesterday and found the book very entertaining. The book is about the Carlyles, a family (more like a Mob Syndicate) and their control over the worm holes through-out the galaxy. During an expedition through a new work hole, they end up on a new planet and find some pre-human gear but are soon detained by the planets occupants, who are also human. How did they get there, well, the earth had a huge fallout and a global war. Everyone migrated into space...almost everyone...and this is where the story begins. Is it a Space Opera...yes!
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In this stand-alone novel about a future human society in the aftermath of a singularity event, the author shows excellent creativity in developing interesting political situations interspersed with smaller scale action, adventure, and mystery. It's not a book you'll want to put down often. My only complaint is that after reading it through one time I felt like I missed alot. For those interested in hard SF, this one has lots of techno-wonders that make you smile as you think 'what-if.' One of my favorites is a society that modifies all of its members so that their facial-recognition brain centers never forget a face. It does wonders for security - everyone knows you once they've seen you once! I liked the novel overall, but found some of the dialects spoken by the Scottish characters difficult to wade through and decipher. This is a wild ride and worth reading.