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Summary

When a brilliant scientist gets a letter from herself about faster-than-light travel, she doesn't know what to believe. The equations work, but her paper is discredited - and soon the criticism is more than scientific. Exiled by the establishment, she gets an offer to build her starship from an unlikely source. But in the heights of Venus and on a planet of another star, a secret is already being uncovered that will shake humanity to its foundations.

Science fiction legend Ken MacLeod begins a new space-opera trilogy by imagining humankind on the precipice of discovery - the invention of faster-than-light travel unlocks a universe of new possibilities and new dangers

©2021 Ken MacLeod (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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"An exceptional blend of international politics, hard science, and first contact." (Michael Mammay, author of the Planetside series)

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Old fashioned

This is not a standalone story, so it ends rather abruptly. It also feels very old fashioned, like stories from the 50s where a rocket to the moon is built in a backyard.

Still the world building is impressive and the plot rattles along.

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Interesting

My first Ken MacLeod book and I was expecting hard sci-fi but got a grand whimsical near future story with some sharp observations and political satire but there was no overarching plot or threat that drove the story on. However, a very enjoyable story with some great characters so I’m in for the ride and will get the next book. Elliot Chapman does a good job with a range of accents but for those that live/have lived there some of his Clydeside pronunciations are a wee bit quirky.