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Cosmonaut Keep

por Ken MacLeod

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After the Ural Caspian Oil War, nobody really trusted the EU government. So why should their extraordinary announcement of first contact with alien intelligence be believed? Matt Cairns thinks he can discover the truth. It is out there, but much, much further away than he could have imagined. Thousands of light-years from Earth, a human colony is struggling for survival. The world on which they have settled, however, has already been inhabited by humans - and other intelligent species from Earth - for millennia. In that ancient division of labour, humans do have a place. But where is it? Twenty-first-century political intrigue becomes space opera on an epic scale in Ken MacLeod's first book in a dazzling new series. His most ambitious novel to date, it will take one of Britain's most exciting new science fiction authors to even greater heights of success and critical acclaim. More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk… (mais)
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    Dark Light por Ken MacLeod (pgmcc)
    pgmcc: Sames series. The trilogy is more than the sum of the parts.
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  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
Sometimes when you read a book you can really tell that it is designed to be part of a trilogy. Even three quarters of the way through there wasn't really a major plot, it was all build up. But good build up, I really enjoyed it, the main character is an idiot everyman, the social environment involves a sensible critique of the successes and failures of communism and capitalism, and the science is believeable. Looking forward to reading the next part. ( )
  elahrairah | Nov 11, 2021 |
I liked how everything came together in the end. Preferred the part of the story that was off-earth, and hope there will be more of this in future books. ( )
  Enno23 | Aug 15, 2021 |
It's been a long time since I've read anything by this author and while I enjoyed what I read in the early 2K's I'm going to admit that MacLeod didn't entertain me as much as in the past. A lot of this boils down to how his quirky take on left-wing politics doesn't seem to have dated very well. As they say, the future isn't what it used to be! If I didn't have newer and shinier things calling to me I might have been more patient with this novel. ( )
  Shrike58 | Feb 27, 2020 |
Another Ken Macleod novel with alternating plotlines and an assumption that the reader will be fairly up to speed with Leftist politics, though not the same factions of the Left explored in the Fall Revolution novels. The near-future plotline in this novel starts out with a Soviet-dominated EU in the aftermath of World War Three (or is it Four? People have lost count) pitched against a fairly Republican and politically active USA, and the way things get confused when the Soviets suddenly announce First Contact with an alien species. It soon becomes clear that this First Contact isn't a new event; the near-future politics get rather thrown into disarray. In the middle of this, the protagonists, an Edinburgh-based hacker, an American freedom fighter (depending on whose viewpoint you adopt) working for West Coast tech money in Europe, and an American flying saucer pilot (no, this one's all our own work) get involved with the race to exploit the new technology the aliens are bringing us.

By the way, the aliens are microbial super-colonies; and they provide one link to the other plotline in the novel.

That plotline takes place in the future, on a distant world colonised from Earth. Humans live in close relations with saurs, reptilian aliens we would identify as Greys, but who have personalities that are both alien and relatable to our sensibilities. They also have a sense of humour that we definitely relate to. Other human-settled worlds also have working relationships with the saurs and the krakens, who navigate starships between the inhabited worlds of this part of the galaxy. The colony world, Mingulay, is well-drawn (though it's fairly clear that it's a thinly-disguised Hebridean island); there are hidden Ancestors, and First Families, and a castle, and pubs, and fishermen who go out in trawlers in oilskins; it all feels very Scottish. One of the First Families has a Great Work, and that will take the humans back to the stars, if they get to collect certain techie plot tokens...

This is very much the first book in a trilogy, although it doesn't end on a cliff-hanger as such and you can read it quite happily on its own. But it's as much about world-building as advancing the plot. And there's fun to be had sorting out how the two plot strands join up. So what starts out looking like another Ian Macleod novel with Scottish socialists plotting and swapping Leftie in-jokes with each other ends as something rather different. ( )
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After the Ural Caspian Oil War, nobody really trusted the EU government. So why should their extraordinary announcement of first contact with alien intelligence be believed? Matt Cairns thinks he can discover the truth. It is out there, but much, much further away than he could have imagined. Thousands of light-years from Earth, a human colony is struggling for survival. The world on which they have settled, however, has already been inhabited by humans - and other intelligent species from Earth - for millennia. In that ancient division of labour, humans do have a place. But where is it? Twenty-first-century political intrigue becomes space opera on an epic scale in Ken MacLeod's first book in a dazzling new series. His most ambitious novel to date, it will take one of Britain's most exciting new science fiction authors to even greater heights of success and critical acclaim. More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk

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