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I first read this in 2004 and most recently on the 13th March 2010.
The United Nations controls an interstellar empire, powerful and vast. But it's the
FTL jumps that hold it together. Without FTL, the empire would fail.
The sole source of the Bose-Einstein condensate that is the fuel for FTL
engines is from a coal mine on the planet Compson's World.
Catherine Li is a major in the UN armed forces. She
very tough, unrelenting. She does the dirty jobs for General Nguyen
Now the General wants he to go to Compson's World to investigate the death of
the scientist that invented FTL and more importantly bring back the data
that the dead scientist should have handed over before
he so inconveniently died.
But the one place Catherine really doesn't want to ever return to again is
Compson's world. It's where she grew up and their are some murky secrets
about a certain Caitlin Perkins hidden back there.
Meantime Catherine could expect support from Cohen, the powerful AI. They've been
friends for years. However they're currently not speaking and perhaps she
could never have trusted him anyway.
It's a murky plot and a murky, dirty, grimy world.
Fabulous. Well, not entirely. I got a bit
confused over worm holes in spin foam and
never quite worked out if we we talking about FTL or
teleportation, telereplication to conjure a word.
Is it wormholing through spinfoam or destructive replication
at a distance
of multiple light years? It's important to get this stuff right.
But apart from some technological confusion on my part.
Oh, and the odd appearance of the IRA on Compson's World,
(but again there's probably more going on there than I
realised) it's a fab book. Top notch.
What's it got? It's got greatness. It's got babes and big
guns, AIs and aliens, faster than light travel, dirty deeds,
betrayal. A real joy.
Loaded on the 23rd March 2011.