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The Superlative Stream

The Superlative Stream

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by Kerry Nietz

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He crossed the stars to follow a song...so where's the singer?

Sandfly is free of the rules and free of Earth, but now there's a new mystery to solve.

With his female companion, HardCandy, and a secret ship named DarkTrench,
he travels across time and space to find the source and meaning of the transmission that changed his life.

When they


He crossed the stars to follow a song...so where's the singer?

Sandfly is free of the rules and free of Earth, but now there's a new mystery to solve.

With his female companion, HardCandy, and a secret ship named DarkTrench,
he travels across time and space to find the source and meaning of the transmission that changed his life.

When they arrive in the Betelgeuse system, they discover something the former crew did not--a planet. On it lives a civilization of humanoids that are technologically advanced, peaceful, and mystifying. Is their meeting an occurrence the Scriptures predicted? HardCandy thinks so. Sandfly is not so sure.

But what he most wants to know is why is he seeing things no one else can.

And where is the song that brought them here--or its singer? Where is the Superlative Stream?


Kerry Nietz is a refugee of the software industry. He spent more than a decade of his life flipping bits-first as one of the principal developers of the database product FoxPro for the now mythical Fox Software, and then as one of Bill Gates's minions at Microsoft. He is a husband and father, a technophile and a movie buff. He has two previously published books: a memoir entitled FoxTales: Behind the Scenes at Fox Software and Book 1 in the DarkTrench Saga:
A Star Curiously Singing.

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Superlative Stream 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The story begins where book one left off. Sandfly and HardCandy are traveling in the spacecraft called DarkTrench, following the mysterious stream they picked up on at the end of book one. But instead of a stream, they find a planet. One with life on it. Life that raises many questions in both Sandfly and HardCandy's minds. I liked this story as much as the first-maybe more so. The whole premise is wonderfully creative. And now that Sandfly is free from the former restraints on his mind, it is interesting how he sees life in a different way. I particularly enjoyed the backflashes in which we learned how HardCandy became a debugger. Nietz has weaved an incredible tale and is sharing bits of data with us just when we need it. Fabulous science fiction! I can't wait to read the next book.
The_General1776 More than 1 year ago
Kerry Nietz maintains his edge in his sequel. The nature of this book is different from A Star Curiously Singing. That book was like a mystery, with clues and deductions leading the main character to the solution. The Superlative Stream, however, is a quest. It is the search for the Superlative Stream (what else?). Without giving too much of the book away, the type of science fiction also shifts subtly, from that of Asimov to that of Star Trek. You'll have to read the book to find out how. Nietz's main strength in the previous book (his strong protagonist) carries over, but with a few twists. Some chapters are written as memories of HardCandy's past, helpfully labeled as 'HardCandy Storage'. A lot of back story is revealed, but it is all very gentle. GrimJack only appears in memories, but his character is fleshed out and given a touching metaphor. Also, the eponymous DarkTrench, the ship on which Sandfly and HardCandy travel, becomes a character, with dialogue and a personality all to its own. Nietz's world deserves a lot of praise as well. Very little has to be explained to the reader, and those few explanations are smooth and barely noticeable. Unlike 1984, in which Winston spends a lengthy chapter reading about the history of his world, the history of their world is seamless and bound up in the world itself. Story elements such as Tanzer, the date change, and the science all flow without any explanation needed. One particular detail stands out: the use of the names of well-known science fiction authors as expletives. Not having read anything by Arthur C. Clarke or Michael Crichton, I failed to notice it in the first book, but the repertoire of invective is expanded, and a few familiar names helped me catch on now. The plot took some getting used to, but once I adjusted, I loved it. I was taken with the new world they discovered, and surprised at each new twist. Nietz remains one of my favorite authors beneath the Marcher Lord Press banner.
WintersRead More than 1 year ago
I have a hard time calling this just a book. It is a masterful tale, woven with a different thread, and in colors mixed in a very unique way. It brings you in with its use of the present tense and futuristic dialogue. It is not just a book, but an enthralling, up-against-your-nose story. Despite the characters' absence from Earth, Nietz still shows the wrongs of Islamic society through their memories. It also shows the delusion of those living with no purpose but pleasure. Nietz continues to astound me. "Five stars," I say without hesitation.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye. for Readers Favorite This book relates a Science Fiction tale that takes place in a world efficiently created by the author. As the best Sci-Fi stories go, this one also has intergalactic flight, space living, interplanetary discoveries, and extra terrestrials, or so they think. It is subtitled the second book of "The Darktrench Saga", but I see no evidence in this book of the previous tale. In this earth-based civilization, some children are taken from their parents and raised by a priest of A. At a certain age, all of them get a chip implanted in their head. It is set surgically there to make them comply with everything or receive a painful shock if they choose not to. Because of that, both men and women are bald-headed. Girls in their view have no rights. They are a piece of property to the human race and their life is forfeited if they show their faces in public. To make this point more potent, there are hundreds of girls who die in a fire because the robots that are supposed to save them don’t let them come out without their face scarves. It would be a crime in the sight of A. Their world revolves around what the robots say, because they are A’s (their God’s) messengers. The tale is well-written and creative. The end of each chapter is left with a well-placed cliffhanger to keep us reading just to see what will happen next. I like the pace of the story and the depth of character developed for the principal female. Reading this book was time well spent. It will be a must read for any young adult or adult library.
reader-author More than 1 year ago
"The Superlative Stream" is the sequel to "A Star Curiously Singing" - and a voyage of discovery into deep space. I want to talk about what makes Mr. Nietz's work controversial. Some love it - some decry it. In a word, it's spiritual. Some might call it "Christian," but this is no narrow, preachy story. "TSS" is entertainment. Not a tract. As famous director Alfred Hitchcock said of his work, "it's only a movie!" In author Nietz's case, it is "only" a series of futuristic, fantasy novels. These works do live in a theistic universe. Readers learn that the "superlative stream" is received as fragments of a poetic, mystical message from a power beyond the material universe. It is a force so huge, so awe-inspiring, it must "stoop" to communicate with humanity. In Vol. 1 of the Dark Trench Saga, Nietz showed us a future-Earth controlled by an Islam that has embraced technology. Now, in some naïve circles, there's a sense that we must be tolerant of all religions, no matter how violent and repressive they become. In my view, that attitude is as foolhardy and dangerous as British Prime Minister Chamberlain trying to suck up to Adolph Hitler. If there are those who hate you and your way of life, and call your nation "Satan," it's not smart to say "ah well! Live and let live!" It doesn't take a quantum physicist to figure out that Kerry Nietz's work is a fantasy about the future - not a description of a nation that exists today. It's the job of dystopian novels like "Brave New World," "1984" and "Fahrenheit 451" to observe disturbing trends, and extrapolate what will happen if they continue and grow strong - the "what ifs" of fiction. This is Vol. 2 of "The Dark Trench Saga" - and as you might expect, the ending sets us up for the final tome of the series. So what's the scoop? Where are we going with Sandfly, HardCandy - and of course, Dark Trench (for this is the starship's saga)? The ending of "The Superlative Stream" sets the stage. But that, my friend, you must discover for yourself.
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