Learning the World
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Humanity has spread to every star within 500 light-years of its half-forgotten origin, coloring the sky with a haze of habitats. Societies rise and fall. Incautious experiments burn fast and fade. On the fringes, less modified humans get on with the job of settling a universe that has, so far, been empty of intelligent life.
The ancient starship But the Sky, My Lady! The Sky! is entering orbit around a promising new system after a four hundred year journey. For its long-lived inhabitants, the centuries have been busy. Now a younger generation is eager to settle the system. The ship is a seed-pod ready to burst.
Then they detect curious electromagnetic emissions from the system's Earth-like world. As the nature of the signals becomes clear, the choices facing the humans become stark.
On Ground, second world from the sun, a young astronomer searches for his system's outermost planet. A moving point of light thrills, then disappoints him. It's only a comet. His physicist colleague Orro takes time off from trying to invent a flying-machine to calculate the comet's trajectory. Something is very odd about that comet's path.
They are not the only ones for whom the world has changed.
"We are not living in the universe we thought we lived in yesterday. We have to start learning the world all over again."
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- PanCrit.Org: Learning the World, by Ken MacLeod
Ken MacLeod's new book, Learning the World, is a good first contact story. I didn't like it as much as I've enjoyed his previous stories, but it's still pretty good. Our distant descendents are spreading throughout the galaxy, and ...
- My Stuff: Book Review -- Learning the World, by Ken MacLeod
Learning the World by Ken MacLeod. 1st mass-market Tor edition (October 2006) ? softcover, 364 pages. Learning the World won Ken MacLeod the Prometheus Award in 2006. Should it have won? Considering that it was up ...
- 10 Famous Scientists Named Ken | Blog | Kenney Myers
Ken MacLeod ? Although MacLeod holds a degree in zoology and wrote a master's thesis on biomechanics, his claim to fame is as a science fiction writer. Two of his books, which are part of a series, are Fractions: (The First Half of the Fall Revolution), and Divisions: (The Second Half of the Fall Revolution). Other titles include Newton's Wake: A Space Opera, Learning the World: A Novel of First Contact and The Highway Men. Sallman Ken ? The fact that this Ken's name serves as his ...
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- Ken Macleod's ?Learning the World? | Heliophage
When I said a little while back that I would be posting occasionally on related books I meant that quite broadly -- so broadly, indeed, that quite a lot of science fiction that makes no reference to photosynthesis at all might fall ...
- Creator/Ken MacLeod - Television Tropes & Idioms
Ken MacLeod is a Scottish science fiction writer. His works ... Light; Engine City. His novels The Sky Road, Cosmonaut Keep, and Learning the World were nominated for the Hugo Award, and The Cassini Division was nominated for a Nebula.
- Review: Learning the World by Ken MacLeod - The Eyrie
Atomic Discourse Gale is a teenager, learning about possible careers, deciding what she wants to do with her life, and starting a popular blog. She lives on a space habitat which has been travelling for hundreds of years at ...
- From the Heart of Europe - March Books 2) Learning the World
March Books 2) Learning the World. Mar. 4th, 2006 at 7:55 PM. earthsea. 2) Learning the World, by Ken MacLeod. I don't plan to get into a habit of meta-reviewing, but I have read coalescent and immortalradical here, and ninebelow here, also ...
- The SF Site: A Conversation With Ken MacLeod
and plenty of material left to mine in the future implied in Learning the World, which I've already used as a setting for two short stories, one of which has been accepted for an anthology of New Space Opera edited by Gardner Dozois and ...
- eDiscover... Newton's Wake by Ken MacLeod | Tor.com
I'm a big fan of his SF-tinged thriller The Execution Channel, and the excellent ?first contact? novel Learning the World, but I've never been able to clear the decks to read more of his hard science fiction. One of these days I'll ...
- Tillabooks: Will's Book Blog: Learning the World by Ken MacLeod
Learning the World by Ken MacLeod. New York: Tor, 2005. ISBN: 978-0-765-31331-7. Another new author (to me, that is), and another home run! Just like my previous entry, Crystal Rain, Learning the World does not chart ...
- Learning the World / Ken Macleod | PissWeakly Reviews
Learning the World by Ken Macleod. science fiction published 2005 read in November 2012. rating 8: really quite good. An author from Scotland. Writing science fiction. Surely there can't be two of them. Surely I've read ...
- Eamonn's Home: Ken MacLeod's Learning the World
One aspect of science fiction that puts me off occasionally is that you have to suspend too much science. Much of the fiction depends on developments that are, at best, unlikely. The most common one of those, of course, ...
- Ken MacLeod "Learning The World": book review - A dimly lit cloud ...
I read this book because it was on the FACT reading list, but ended up not going to the reading group meeting, because my car broke down. So, instead of a discussion report, this is just my opinion of the book.
- That Really Isn't Helping....: Ken MacLeod - Learning The World
Author: Ken MacLeod; Title: Learning The World; Publisher: Orbit 2005; ISBN: 978-1841493435. Probably one of the best first contact novels I've read, it tells the story of the planet bound humans who discover that so kind of ...