E–pub (Netherspace Netherspace #1) By Andy Lane
An alien universe story but sadly it doesn t uite follow through on its brilliant beginningHumans have met the aliens first the
Gliese and later the Eridani and Cancri All of them are alien so completely alien and later the Eridani and Cancri All of them are alien so completely alien meaningful communication seems impossible let alone figuring out their desires or motivations Despite that a very simple trade has developed with human artifacts and humans themselves being traded for important and incomprehensible technologyLong after humans have come to completely depend on trade with the aliens as the whole base of their economy a Team Is Put Together is ut together investigate the disappearance of a small group of religious fanatics that one of the alien species appears to be holding as some form of hostage But how will the team do anything when they can t communicate at even a basic level with the kidnappersThe Code Name: Silence premise of this is great Truly alien aliens Cleverly explained alien technology and a fascinating and well thought out Earth with humanslaying the Und Schuf Mir Einen Götzen: Lehrjahre Eines Kommunisten part of the dumb cousins and what that does toeople Unfortunately once the action moves off Earth and we get to Netherspace and travel within it the whole lot derails into a dull and mostly ointless journey to where the religious group is being kept Yes there are some answers to the setup uestions in the book No they re not very satisfying with a lot uestions opened up 25 becuase 2 stars is unfair but I can t bring myself to ut it at a 3 for how LONG it
took me to be invested in it enough to finish Frustratingly the idea was very good original in a genre me to be invested in it enough to finish Frustratingly the idea was very good original in a genre visitors that s been done to the death but the novel couldn t decide what it wanted to be Miserable dystopian Futuristic adventure Aliens but with realism A less sychologically deep version of Arrival The final execution was messy with fairly dull characters that I know I ve met before in a thousand other SFFantasy aperbacksThe future tech bogged down a lot of the narrative instead of highlighting its realistic futurism Strangely enough their attempt at making AI realistic ended up becoming the most fantastical and confusing aspect of the whole novelI also took a lot of issues with Kara her sister and for that matter all the humans taken forcibly to be traded to aliens for tech layed very very little of a role in her The Wapshot Scandal personality and thelot as a whole Kara joins a list of strong female heroines obviously written by men who looks at touches and thinks of herself in such gratuitous ways for the reader that her bisexuality comes across as objectifyingfetishizing than bringing a much needed diverse The NIGHT. Erotischer Roman presence in science fiction An enjoyable space romp based around the freshremise of a galaxy full of alien species none of whom we have the faintest clue how to communicate with The broader world in which this story is set occasionally seems interesting than the main lot and the ending somewhat fizzles But nevertheless this is a solid opening instalment and there s certainly of this tale worth telling It is some time in the future Earth is at an uneasy eace the old warring states devolved into statelets but at a Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy, price and therice is stagnation Not least because first contact has been made with not just one alien race but several all enigmatic iling out of Netherspace hyperspace if you like And as Wittgenstein once said if a lion could speak we wouldn t understand it same here The aliens take things from us and give unimaginable tech in return Sometimes it s useful allowing access to Netherspace and anti grav sometimes its use is as enigmatic as the aliens themselves Maybe they re benefactors Maybe not Much of humankind spends much of time in the Out Sometimes humans are taken in exchange and who knows what happens to them So when a distant colony world is attacked a small team of specialists is assembled to go in and deal with the situation I enjoyed this novel Its aliens reminded me of those in the Strugatsky Brothers Roadside Picnic filmed by Tarkovsky as Stalker the leavers behind of weird artefacts in Zones around the globe although in the case of Netherspace they haven t been and gone but are still here Vaguely humanoid Gliese and the Cancri a bipartite race apparently comprised of maggots riding greyhounds if it s that way about turn up do stuff go away The human characters are engaging and largely avoid cliche A major theme is communication and as in Close Encounters of the Third Kind the underlying uestion that if we can t communicate with one another how can we hope to with alien lifeforms It is aced for adventure and that is what you get and hopefully will in the seuels It is also nice to see Andy Lane writing for adults again not that there s anything wrong with writing for Young Adults far from it. Iate As an ex army sniper Kara's role is clear But artist Marc has no combat experience although the team's Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 pre cog Tse is adamant that he has aart to lay All three know that success is unlikely For how will they negotiate with aliens when communication between the species is impossible. Avity generator leaves the Arc de Triomphe suspended three meters above the ground Rivers Last Longer permanently The inhabitants of an entire Alpine village are much less fortunateThe authors have created aost first contact scenario that s fresh inventive and totally credible Humanity has been introduced to the local galactic scene via the Gliese Netherspace drive There are human colonies on the lanets of some of the nearer stars AI is now commonplace in most fields of daily life That said the willingness Of The Gliese To the Gliese to out tech to just about anyone has led to the demise of national governments A loose atchwork of city states survives I struggled with this at first before realising that from an anthropological The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! point of view it s not unlikely The downside of course is that since all these advances are based on alien tech human R and D is stagnating It s against this background that a fastaced and enthralling story unfolds A shipload of religious colonists has been kidnapped by another one of the species humanity has met since leaving the solar system The rescue team sent to bring them home comes face to face with the fact that human society is failing socially morally and ethically even as it reaches for the stars The alien cultures they meet are so very alien that no frame of
reference is Witchcraft for Tomorrow possible As theyersevere against incredible odds the truth about the ast forty years is ossible As they The Wedding Redux persevere against incredible odds the truth about theast forty years alien contact slowly comes into focus Andy Lane and Nigel Foster have done their research for this book with consummate skill I found myself thinking of Professor Hawking s uote about an alien visit being like Columbus and the Indians This book Rolling Thunder puts a brilliant new spin on that idea It deserves to do really really well as does the seuel Erm there will be one won t there Intriguing idea 40 years after first contact aliens regularly visit Earth but they are so alien that nobody can figure out anything about them They give humans technology which they become dependent on but which can t be reverse engineered It is time to find out I liked the book a lot and willrobably read the seuels The writing was not brilliant and the characters were a little heavy handed Just my opinion It is definitely worth reading The setting and Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle? premise of this book are its only redeeming factors with original ideas and world building that made me lookast the arts I disliked and there were many The concept of aliens being impossible for humans to communicate with was a refreshing contrast to the anthropomorphic aliens of op culture It was fun to hear descriptions of these completely original creatures and how they attempt to relate to humans I also liked the ideas regarding space travel Bootie and the Beast posited in the novelHowever the world building itself cannot stand on its own and ultimately the book is a failure because of the way it treats the characters and their relationships I sensed no character depth while reading and did not imagine them as realeople As such there was no suspense because there was no emotional cost to me if one of them died I also did not feel the connection between characters the way the book wanted me to The authors opt to tell rather than show how the characters feel and thus I did not feel invested in any of the relationships because I did not see evidence of them being real Related to the flat characterization is the heavy emphasis laced on irrelevant sex that ultimately does nothing to move the lot forward With no emotional connection to the characters these arts of the novel felt gratuitous and discordant with the rest of the story I was also hyperaware of the male gaze within the writing based on the way the female characters especially Kara are ortrayedFinally the The Art of Mary Beth Edelson plot while takinglace within an interesting world is ultimately too slow aced with not enough tension or stakes to make the reader invested The victories are too easily won and the ending has no instance of realization or aha moments In fact hardly any of the uestions introduced in the book are answered making much of the lot feel throwaway and ointlessAltogether I enjoyed reading this novel for the new ideas but feel sad they had to be wasted on such flat writing An altogether different lot and better characterization within the same world could be the SF dreams are made ofA final note I could be wrong but shouldn t Tse have been referred to with gender neutral ronouns such as theythem since Tse s gender is by choice not specified at introduction The use of male ronouns seemed to come out of nowhere And using male None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) pronouns to be gender neutral is something I would expect from SF out of the 1960s certainly not a bookublished in 2017 An engrossing setup and fascinating mystery start this humans living in. S exchanged for this technology and Kara has little love for aliens So when she is drafted by GalDiv the organisation that oversees alien trades it is under duress A group of colonists have been kidnapped by aliens and taken to an uncharted lanet and an unusual team is to be sent to negot.