Noumenon

Noumenon

Book - 2017
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A Publishers Weekly "Best Books of 2017" pick!

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A B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasty Blog "Best SFF of 2017" pick!

With nods to Arthur C. Clarke's Rama series and the real science of Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, a touch of Hugh Howey's Wool, and echoes of Octavia Butler's voice, a powerful tale of space travel, adventure, discovery, and humanity that unfolds through a series of generational vignettes.

In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth's solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go?

Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has an idea. He's discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics, and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon, or something manufactured.

The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind's greatest ambition--to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy-- is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships (designated Convoy Seven) changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie's mysterious star and explore its origins--and implications.

A mosaic novel of discovery, Noumenon--in a series of vignettes--examines the dedication, adventure, growth, and fear of having your entire world consist of nine ships in the vacuum of space. The men and women, and even the AI, must learn to work and live together in harmony, as their original DNA is continuously replicated and they are born again and again into a thousand new lives. With the stars their home and the unknown their destination, they are on a voyage of many lifetimes--an odyssey to understand what lies beyond the limits of human knowledge and imagination.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper Voyager,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780062497840
0062497847
Characteristics: 420 pages ;,21 cm

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7626dee
Dec 01, 2018

The book can be draggy, perhaps a bit too much detail of the generational struggles of cloned beings but a very interesting premiss and does look at the major problem of any sort of space travel-TIME. We will soon be trying to send people to Mars-just a hop skip and a jump down the road and time is a real enemy for a manned mission-that and the other problem-assistance is not possible should something go amiss. Space travel will be pretty much a one way mission until we actually get something close to the speed of light for travel.

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sat7
Dec 01, 2018

I enjoyed this novel. -

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ronald1947
Aug 19, 2018

INTERESTING IDEAS BUT WEAK CHARACTERS AND POOR PLOT-DON'T BOTHER

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