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Ray Nayler

Autor(a) de The Mountain in the Sea

32+ Works 916 Membros 46 Críticas

Obras por Ray Nayler

The Mountain in the Sea (2022) 767 exemplares
The Tusks of Extinction (2024) 89 exemplares
American Graveyards (2001) 6 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 46, No. 3 & 4 [March/April 2022] (2021) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Protectorats (2023) 3 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 45, No. 5 & 6 [May/June 2021] (2021) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Sleepwalking: Crime Stories (2012) 2 exemplares
Father 2 exemplares
Cemetery Dance Issue 38 (2002) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection (2018) — Contribuidor — 118 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2016 Edition (2016) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 5 (2020) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 6 (2021) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2018 Edition (2018) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2020 Edition (2020) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 7 (2023) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares Short Fiction: Summer 2023 (2010) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 42, No. 3 & 4 [March/April 2018] (2018) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 39, No. 6 [June 2015] (2015) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 40, No. 3 [March 2016] (2016) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
The Year's Top Hard Science Fiction Stories 4 (2020) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 113 • October 2019 (2019) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 43, No. 7 & 8 [July/August 2019] (2019) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 148 (January 2019) (2019) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 47, No. 3 & 4 [March/April 2023] (2018) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 173 (February 2021) (2021) — Tradutor — 5 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 44, No. 3 & 4 [March/April 2020] (1983) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 44, No. 7 & 8 [July/August 2020] (2020) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Clarkesworld: Issue 175 (April 2021) (2021) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Locais de residência
Pristina, Kosovo
Fremont, California, USA
foreign service officer
U.S. State Department
Seth Fishman



Moscow has resurrected the mammoth. But someone must teach them how to be mammoths or they are doomed to die out again. Dr. Damira, an expert in elephant behavior, was brutally murdered trying to defend the world's last elephants from the ivory trade. Now, her digitalized consciousness has been downloaded into the mind of a mammoth.
taurus27 | 5 outras críticas | May 20, 2024 |
I choose it from some "book of the month" choices in a SFF GR group.

I was worried that my instinct to protect myself from witnessing the suffering of animals would be too much but I made it through. The author did not abuse his power to inflict great suffering onto the reader so I am grateful for that.

The story opens and had me "back and forth-ing" the pages a bit to see if I misread something. The first section we have Damira with a "trunk" and the very next section Damira is "shifting a rifle from one shoulder to the other". I hadn't misread, so my only choice was to continue on and hope the meaning became clear.

I felt the author masterfully weaved a couple different timelines and many characters, keeping us just a bit confused as more and more became clear. By the end, a handful of major characters became prominent and the ideas of the book were well revealed.

I believe the author is attempting to raise awareness to the fact that poaching is happening even if many of us don't know about it. We can dismiss so many things because they are not happening to us or around us. He is reminding us that humans are actively causing the extinction of elephants.

What happens when the only ones left are the ones that have only known captivity? What happens when animals that used to help maintain things like undergrowth, permafrost, food chain, etc... disappear? If we make a test tube elephant and stick him in the safari, would they know how to elephant?

As authors do, Ray Nayler wrote an interesting SF story examining this.
3.5* rounded up for GR.

I think the author spent too much time with the "boy". Too much time on his memories and how he organized them. Maps too or I should say his concept of maps. Perhaps he wanted to touch on some ideas and needed someone to share them through but I don't see how they helped with his role in the story.

Also I don't understand why the animal brought back was the woolly mammoth. If Damira was an elephant expert and the author was trying to raise awareness of poaching of elephants then why was the story about Woolly Mammoths. .
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Corinne2020 | 5 outras críticas | May 5, 2024 |
Set decades into the future, this is a dystopian(ish) view of humans with advanced AI technology trying to understand emergent consciousness in different organisms. One is a culture developing in octopi, the other is a highly advanced android.

Overall, I enjoyed the book which includes a lot of exploration of the idea of consciousness as well as a couple twists I didn't see coming.
ohheybrian | 37 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |



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