Paradox: Book I of the Nulapeiron Sequence

Paradox: Book I of the Nulapeiron Sequence

by John Meaney

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Centuries of self-imposed isolation have transformed Nulapeiron into a world unlike any other - a world of vast subterranean cities maintained by extraordinary organic technologies. For the majority of its peoples, however such wonders have little meaning. Denied their democratic rights and restricted to the impoverished lower levels, they are subjected to the brutal law of the Logic Lords and the Oracles, supra-human beings whose ability to truecast the future maintains the status quo. But all this is about to change. In a crowded marketplace a mysterious, beautiful woman is brutally cut down by a militia squad's graser fire. Amongst the horrified onlookers is young Tom Corcorigan. He recognizes her. Only the previous day she had presented him with a small, seemingly insignificant info-crystal. And only now, as the fire in the dying stranger's obsidian eyes fades, does he comprehend who - or what - she really was: a figure from legend, one of the fabled Pilots. What Tom has still to discover is that his crystal holds the key to understanding mu-space, and so to freedom itself. He doesn't know it yet, but he has been given a destiny to fulfill - nothing less than the rewriting of his future, and that of his world... Spectacularly staged, thrillingly written and set in a visionary future, Paradox places John Meaney at the forefront of science fiction in this new century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591027959
Publisher: Pyr
Publication date: 09/09/2010
Series: The Nulapeiron Sequence , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 492
Sales rank: 568,846
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Meaney is the author of four novels - To Hold Infinity, Paradox, Context, and Resolution, the latter three titles constituting the Nulapeiron Sequence. He also has numerous short fiction publication credits. His novelette "Sharp Tang" was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Award in 1995, and To Hold Infinity and Paradox were on the BSFA shortlists for Best Novel in 1999 and 2001 respectively. His novella "The Whisper of Disks" was included in the 2003 Years Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection. The Times called John Meaney "The first important new SF writer of the 21st century." Meaney has a degree in physics and computer science, and holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate. He lives in Kent. More on John Meaney can be found at:

Customer Reviews

Paradox 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
slothman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another tale set in the same universe as To Hold Infinity, set on an entirely different planet; we learn more about the Pilots introduced in Meaney¿s first novel, and are introduced to the world of Nulapeiron, whose incomplete terraforming requires that the populace live in underground caverns. The semi-feudal Lords that rule the planet rely on the prognostications of Oracles that provide glimpses of the future based on some speculative quantum cosmology. In a world of many layers of caverns, social strata are literal as well as figurative.Our hero, Tom Corcorigan, is just another low-caste victim of the world¿s unjust social structure as he is orphaned by the action of an Oracle¿ but he has an edge in a secret gift he received from a banned Pilot operative. Tom¿s tale goes to the highest and lowest strata of Nulapeiron as he works to survive and seek revenge.The book is quite a page-turner, with much implied rather than made explicit. The science in the fiction is quite interesting, delving into game theory, quantum physics, and cosmology; I have a BS in physics and found it quite interesting, but I don¿t know how well it would work for someone with less of a science background. I also enjoyed the depiction of the possibilities of moderately-strong nanotechnology.
SaintBrevity on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has a very familiar feel to most of its plot development; it starts with a young boy whose situation goes from bad to worse, but then what looks like a misfortune becomes the key to his elevation from misery to exaltation. Revenge and family are large thematic elements in this book, as well as the responsibility of government.A very good book, if somewhat difficult to summarize. There's a lot of what feels like excessively technical talk about logic and paradox that feels a little overdone, but it's just this side of too much. I'll certainly be reading the next in the series.
Zalen_Redlaw More than 1 year ago
Although the story kept me intrigued and wondering what was going to happen next, it takes a long time, very near the end of the book for that matter, for the plot to manifest itself. In the mean time the storyline follows the protagonist, Tom, on a 14 year journey and his doings in that time, wherein he goes from rags-to-riches, and back-sorta. The technology and sciences were quite intriguing, although many things were never explained-you just have to get a feel for it as you read along, sorta like being dumped in a foreign country and learning the language over time. Speaking of foreign languages, I really enjoyed how Meaney interwove multiple languages into the story. Interestingly enough, of the few languages I speak and dabble in, I was able to understand quite a bit of the un-translated bits of languages he inserted in the story. Although this story is a not a traditional page-turner, it kept me going, if for nothing else than to find out what happens next, as well as when the true plot would be made manifest. Will I read the next installment, most likely. This one leaves you hanging. Osu, Neko-sama.