by Karl Schroeder
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Ventus by Karl Schroeder

Ventus is a large-scale Hard SF adventure novel in the tradition of Larry Niven, Vernor Vinge, and Arthur C. Clarke. Karl Schroeder, a physicist and writer, is a winner of Canada's Aurora Award. His first novel was called the best first fantasy of the year by Science Fiction Chronicle, and now his first SF novel launches a major career in SF.

Young Jordan Mason, on the terraformed planet Ventus, has visions. Kidnapped by Calandria May--a human from offworld sent to investigate the AIs (the Winds) of Ventus--Jordan is desperate to find the meaning of his visions, desperate enough to risk calling down the Winds that destroy technology to protect the created environment, who descend and wreak havoc. As a result Jordan escapes from Calandria and sets out to discover his destiny on his own. Calandria and others, both human and AI, search for Jordan, who holds the key to catastrophe or salvation.

Ventus is an epic journey across a fascinating planet with a big mystery--why have the Winds fallen silent? It is one of the major, ambitious SF novels of the year and the international launch of an important new hard SF writer.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466800076
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 11/19/2001
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 154,635
File size: 625 KB

About the Author

Karl Schroeder lives in Toronto, Ontario.

KARL SCHROEDER lives in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of Ventus (New York Times Notable book for 2001),Permanence (winner of the 2003 Prix Aurora Award for best Canadian SF novel), Lady of Mazes, and the Virga Series, beginning with Sun of Suns.

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Ventus 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ventus is a novel of information apocalypse set in the far future. For a thousand years the sovereign Winds have maintained the delicate ecological balance of the terraformed planet Ventus. Now an alien force threatens to wrest control of the terraforming system away from the Winds. Jordan Mason, a young tradesman, is thrust into the midst of an ancient galactic conflict when he becomes the only human on Ventus who can locate the source of the alien threat. But will he side with the Winds, who have brutally suppressed technological development among the human colonists of Ventus? Or will he throw in his lot with an entity that may be planning to remake Ventus in its own, deathly image? Ventus incorporates ideas about nanotechnology, terraforming, and information theory in an epic tale of war, tragic love, betrayal and transcendence. (Of course I've rated this book at five stars, but that's just 'cause I'm proud of it. You'll want to form your own opinion.)
Anonymous 12 days ago
Not a very technical hard style but more of a charter discovery style. Could use a few sequels maybe since there was mention of humanity off world from the setting.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I started this book tentatively, as it was on sale and seemed to start slowly. Then it picked up. It kept going, out the window and into the Beyond. This ranks up there with other groundbreaking novels. I'm surprised that I never heard of it before. It transforms AI into a wonderful friend and deadly enemy. I'll be checking to see what else this author has written. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, gripping. Very enjoyable read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book after I read it had to do with nano-technology and world building. The beginning couple of chapters needed to be struggled through but once it gets going it delivers. Big time! He deals with issues that I've always wished the Star Trek people would tackle about the meaning of life and the definition of sentience. The world building is wonderous and thought provoking. Just a great read!