"Far more fun than deep space drama has any right to be...Just read the book. Then read it again. It's even better the second time." -SFX on Newton's Wake
"Stylish, witty, and engaging!" -San Diego Union Tribune on Newton's Wake
"For my money, Ken MacLeod is the current champion of the very smartest kind of New Space Opera: a relentlessly engaged thinker about nitty-gritty political-economic-social matters who also operates on the Romantic end of the genre by imagining worlds that offer vast (and even godlike) possibilities for humankind...MacLeod returns to his story elements and concerns with a persistence that signals a stubbornly committed intelligence as well as a fertile and mischievous imagination, and every variation on his themes produces something worth re-reading." -Locus on Newton's Wake
"If you haven't yet read MacLeod's work, this is an excellent place to start." -Scifi.com on Newton's Wake
"Exciting...Accessible to the average reader as well as the hardcore SF fan. This is a work sure to keep the reader on the edge of her seat." -Romantic Times Bookclub on Newton's Wake
"The kind of book that we wish would come to us more often in science fiction...Above everything, this book is fun." -Vector on Newton's Wake
"Ken MacLeod's novels are fast, funny and sophisticated. There can never be enough books like these. A nova has appeared in our sky."
Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Red Mars
"Science fiction's freshest new writer...MacLeod is a fiercely intelligent, prodigously well-read author who manages to fill his books with big issues without weighing them down."
"Engaged, ingenious, and wittily partisan, Ken MacLeod is a one-man revolution, SF's Billy Bragg." -Asimov's SF
"This man's going to be a major writer." -Iain Banks
"Prose sleek and fast and the technology it describes-watch this man go global." -Peter F. Hamilton
"MacLeod at his strongest: clever, passionate, and committed." -SFX on Dark Light
"Distinctive, politically challenging, both tantalizing and satisfying." -Kirkus Reviews on Cosmonaut Keep
"Rarely does a book demand so much of the reader-and then deliver." -Publishers Weekly on Cosmonaut Keep
"Stylish, witty, and engaging!"
"Far more fun than deep space drama has any right to be…Just read the book. Then read it again. It's even better the second time."
"For my money, Ken MacLeod is the current champion of the very smartest kind of New Space Opera… every variation on his themes produces something worth re-reading."
"If you haven't yet read MacLeod's work, this is an excellent place to start."
"Exciting…Accessible to the average reader as well as the hardcore SF fan. This is a work sure to keep the reader on the edge of her seat."
"The kind of book that we wish would come to us more often in science fiction…Above everything, this book is fun."
After the Hard Rapture, a cataclysmic war of machine against man, humans are spread across the galaxy. Only three empires are known to exist. The first is America Offline, consisting of a group of farmers who survived the war due to their lack of technology. The second empire consists of the Knights of Enlightenment, who are supporters of computer hacking and advanced technology, and the third empire is made up of the DK, communist "space settlers." Lucinda Carlyle belongs to none of these groups. She is a member of a clan that controls the wormhole skein, also known as Carlyle's Drift, a system of "gates" that provide the means to travel from one part of the galaxy to another in the blink of an eye. When Lucinda is on the distant planet Eurydice, conflicts with the resident humans break out as she discovers what is believed to be an ancient alien artifact. Eurydice's inhabitants, including General Jacques Armand, have never heard of the Carlyles or the wormhole skein. They label Lucinda as a slaveholder due to the familiar, a posthuman computer science professor, she accesses in her work suit. While Lucinda is stranded on Eurydice after a "gate" collapses, the Knights of Enlightenment, desiring control of the artifact, soon arrive. Lucinda later discovers that the relic contains a far greater power than she imagined. With brash dialog and witty characters, MacLeod intersperses humor with science while offering a female protagonist who speaks in a Scottish dialect. The antics of entertainers Winter and Calder and the plays of Ben-Ami provide humorous moments as the characters react to the novel's political climate. MacLeod has created an intriguing world in which humans can createmind-backups and even fake memories can be transferred from one body to the next. Fans of Lee Hogan's Belarus will especially enjoy this adventurous space opera. KLIATT Codes: SARecommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Tor, 339p., Ages 15 to adult.