Learning The World
Copyright 2005 by
I first read this on the 8th May 2006.
Humanity has travelled to the stars and has searched for but never found any
intelligent aliens. They've identified alien bacteria but never any
intelligence. It appears to be an empty, lonely Universe.
The Civil Worlds civilisation is an expanding sphere of human occupation
hundreds of light-years across. Humanity is heading outwards and, with human
life now prolonged for thousands of years, there seem to be no limits and
everything seems possible.
"But the Sky, My Lady! The Sky!" is a vast colony ship from the Civil Worlds.
It's been travelling for fourteen thousand years and it's neared its latest
destination. Everyone is ready and eager to colonize this new star system.
But there's a problem. There's a civilisation there already and it is not
This is quite a different style of novel for Ken MacLeod. There's a touch of
the David Brin "Eon" about it in the descriptions of the future humans.
I have to admit I haven't made up my mind yet. Currently I'd rate it as less
engrossing than his earlier books, but that could easily change on a re-read.
Loaded on the 16th December 2006.