Orbital Burn

Orbital Burn

by K. A. Bedford

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BN ID: 2940158999499
Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 305
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

K. A. Bedford lives in Perth, Western Australia. All of his novels have been shortlisted for the Aurealis Award for Best Australian Science Fiction Novel, and he has twice won, for Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, which was also shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Award, and Eclipse.

Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait (A Spider Webb Novel) was subsequently released in Australia by Fremantle Press after its initial success in North America.

Paradox Resolution (A Spider Webb Novel) won the Australian Tin Duck Award.

Bedford attended Curtin and Murdoch Universities, where he studied Writing, Theater, and Philosophy.

Other books by K. A. Bedford:

Orbital Burn
Hydrogen Steel
Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait (A Spider Webb Novel)
Paradox Resolution (A Spider Webb Novel)

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Orbital Burn 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
plappen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Louise ¿Lou¿ Meagher is an unlicensed private investigator in the city of Stalktown on the planet Kestrel. Down on her luck, she ekes out a living solving petty crimes. One day, a neuro-enhanced and abused beagle named Dog asks (yes, asks) Lou to find its master, a biological android boy named Kid. This wouldn¿t be so unusual, except for two things. The first is that the planet Kestrel is to be destroyed in less than ten days by a planet-sized rock heading its way. Lou wants nothing more than to start over elsewhere. She can¿t do that, because the second unusual thing is that Lou is clinically dead, and the dead have no rights. Having inhaled a nasty nanovirus when she was younger, she is kept alive by an expensive, and extensive, nanobot treatment. Lou is overdue for another treatment.As time goes on, Lou discovers that a man of questionable reputation named Etienne Tourignon is also interested in Kid, along with a synthetic mind named Otaru. Lou is unable to find Kid before D-Day, so on one of the last ships off Kestrel, heading toward an orbital station, she watches Kestrel¿s last moments. When the rock is only minutes away, it suddenly starts shrinking, until it actually disappears.On the orbital station, Lou shoots and kills (so she thinks) another member of the Tourignon family. At her trial, in front of a religious court, Lou is looking at a one-way trip in an airlock. Otaru gets her out of jail, due to her not-exactly-alive status. Lou is now the property of Otaru, and gets her nanobot treatment.For a while, Lou and Dog thought Kid was dead. Their only connection with Kid was through a psychic connection with Dog. Finding that Kid is not dead yet, and is on the station, doesn¿t answer the overriding question: Why is this defective biological android so important?This one is surprisingly good. It¿s interesting and well done, it has plenty of Strange and the author does a fine job at making the characters into real people. This is a gem of a story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Orbital Burn, It has a great story of a dead but alive detective girl whose body is kept going by great nano technology and her client a dog whose head has been scientifically programed to allow communication with humans. While looking for the dog's master Lou the girl and the dog form a great friendship which brings out the love and concern Lou feels for the dog. Murder, betrayal and crooked cops make this a good story that takes place on a planet that is teetering on the brink of anhiolation by an unknown enemy, time is running out for lou and the dog and the planet. I hope people will read and enjoy as I did I look forward to the author's next book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found Orbital Burn really interesting and enjoyable. I found it was funny and sad and very human with the love and concern shown by Lou the girl detective for her client Dog who she loved and treated with great feeling. The technology of the book was amazing and a little beyond my ability to understand, but it is very believable and wonderful to think about and realise this is the future or things to come. The mystery of the murder was exciting and beliveable. I hope this author goes far. His love for animals also shines through and does him great credit. we need more compassion for animals in any world we are in. I hope there are more books by this author and that many people read and enjoy Orbital Burn for the mystery,adventure and good story everyone can enjoy.