Nova Swing

Nova Swing

Book - 2007
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Years after Ed Chianese's fateful trip into the Kefahuchi Tract, the tract has begun to expand and change in ways we never could have predicted--and, even more terrifying, parts of it have actually begun to fall to Earth, transforming the landscapes they encounter.

Not far from Moneytown, in a neighborhood of underground clubs, body-modification chop shops, adolescent contract killers, and sexy streetwalking Monas, you'll find the Saudade Event Site: a zone of strange geography, twisted physics, and frightening psychic onslaughts--not to mention the black and white cats that come pouring out at irregular intervals.

Vic Serotonin is a "travel agent" into and out of Saudade. His latest client is a woman who's nearly as unpredictable as the site itself--and maybe just as dangerous. She wants a tour just as a troubling new class of biological artifacts are leaving the site--living algorithms that are transforming the world outside in inexplicable and unsettling ways. Shadowed by a metaphysically inclined detective determined to shut his illegal operation down, Vic must make sense of a universe rapidly veering toward a virulent and viral form of chaos...and a humanity almost lost.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9780553385014
Characteristics: 252 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 11, 2017

All in all I'm very uncertain about this book, I both liked and disliked it at the same time. I figured out the point of the book but then couldn't figure out the direction it was moving in. Then I figured out the direction it was moving in and couldn't find the point.

Sep 29, 2011

Read for our sci-fi club.
This has been described as space noir, a blend of sci-fi and film noir, with cynical heroes, a complex plot, and an examination of existential philosophy. The hero, Vic Serotonin, guides tourists into “the event”, an area of warped time and space. These tourists look to experience change without changing themselves, to redefine themselves from these experiences. Then Vic – and the Site Crime police – discover the site itself is generating new people, that wander the world outside, trying to define themselves out there. Trying, mostly failing, and then fading from existence. While the plot is complex, with jumps from reality to fantasy and back, I held in there. I enjoyed the tight prose itself, the phrases and images. True to it's noir roots, the story sees women as existing not as part of rationality. They prod and motivate the men, but are themselves inscrutable, until the very end where they are the ones to step forward.

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