Noumenon infinity

Marina J. Lostetter

Book - 2018

Generations ago, Convoy Seven and I.C.C. left Earth on a mission that would take them far beyond the solar system. Launched by the Planet United Consortium, a global group formed to pursue cooperative Earth-wide interests in deep space, nine ships headed into the unknown to explore a distant star called LQ Pyx. Eons later, the convoy has returned to LQ Pyx to begin work on the Web, the alien megastructure that covers the star. Is it a Dyson Sphere, designed to power a civilization as everyone be...lievesor something far more sinister? Meanwhile, Planet Uniteds littlest convoy, long thought to be lost, reemerges in a different sector of deep space. What they discover holds the answers to unlocking the Webs greater purpose. Each convoy possesses a piece of the Webs puzzle . . . but they may not be able to bring those pieces together and uncover the structures true nature before its too late.

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Science fiction
Published
New York, NY : Harper Voyager [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
563 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
0062497863
9780062497864
Main Author
Marina J. Lostetter (author)
  • Part 1: Resonance
  • Part 2: Resurgence.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Noumenon (2017) offered fascinating conjecture into the future of the human condition through the adventures of a cloned crew. This sequel examines humanity's ability to adapt and survive in an even farther-flung time to come. Convoy Twelve is a near-future expedition developed to advance scientific understanding, cooperation, and exploration. The mission is to investigate possibilities for subdimensional travel, expanding Earth's reach beyond that of the previous eleven convoys. The drive system allows the ships to move tremendous distances, but when an accident sends Convoy Twelve into an area of unknown space, the small, fully human crew discover they are stranded 100,000 years in the future. How will they survive, much less return home? An alternating story line follows the relaunched Convoy Seven, now called Noumenon Infinity, as they resume their search for signs of intelligent alien life. New trials confront the cloned crew after they return to their original destination, splitting them into two groups, each on a different path of discovery and modification. Lostetter delivers another feast for fans of hard science fiction. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The ambitious and effective sequel to Noumenon shifts gears from generation ship saga to space opera and follows two main threads. In the first, scientist Vanhi Kapoor heads a mission to research and test new forms of interdimensional star travel in near-Earth space until her convoy suffers a strange accident, which leaves Vanhi herself unusually unmoored from the laws of physics. In the second, in the far future, the crew of Convoy Seven, who spent the previous book investigating a strange characteristic of a distant star that turned out to be an incomplete alien megastructure, return to try to complete the megastructure and make it operational. Both threads wind up spanning thousands of years, generations of people, and experiences outside human understanding; they then connect to each other in a virtuoso piece of plotting that satisfies as a denouement while setting up entirely new mysteries. The massive scope of the ideas, and the more than geological amounts of time involved, mean that the human element is somewhat secondary to the full sweep of the saga, but this doesn't read as a weakness so much as a necessity. Lostetter remains at the forefront of innovation in hard science fiction. (Aug.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The convoy sent to a distant star named LQ Pyx returns to work on what everyone believes is a Dyson Sphere but might actually be something much more sinister. By the author of Noumenon. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Travel to the remotest reaches of deep space in this wondrous follow-up to the acclaimed Noumenon'a tale of exploration, adventure, science, and humanity with the sweep and intelligence of the works of Arthur C. Clarke, Neal Stephenson, and Octavia Butler.Generations ago, Convoy Seven and I.C.C. left Earth on a mission that would take them far beyond the solar system. Launched by the Planet United Consortium, a global group formed to pursue cooperative Earth-wide interests in deep space, nine ships headed into the unknown to explore a distant star called LQ Pyx.Eons later, the convoy has returned to LQ Pyx to begin work on the Web, the alien megastructure that covers the star. Is it a Dyson Sphere, designed to power a civilization as everyone believes'or something far more sinister?Meanwhile, Planet United's littlest convoy, long thought to be lost, reemerges in a different sector of deep space. What they discover holds the answers to unlocking the Web's greater purpose.Each convoy possesses a piece of the Web's puzzle . . . but they may not be able to bring those pieces together and uncover the structure's true nature before it's too late.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Travel to the remotest reaches of deep space in this wondrous follow-up to the acclaimed Noumenon—a tale of exploration, adventure, science, and humanity with the sweep and intelligence of the works of Arthur C. Clarke, Neal Stephenson, and Octavia Butler.Generations ago, Convoy Seven and I.C.C. left Earth on a mission that would take them far beyond the solar system. Launched by the Planet United Consortium, a global group formed to pursue cooperative Earth-wide interests in deep space, nine ships headed into the unknown to explore a distant star called LQ Pyx.Eons later, the convoy has returned to LQ Pyx to begin work on the Web, the alien megastructure that covers the star. Is it a Dyson Sphere, designed to power a civilization as everyone believes—or something far more sinister?Meanwhile, Planet United’s littlest convoy, long thought to be lost, reemerges in a different sector of deep space. What they discover holds the answers to unlocking the Web’s greater purpose.Each convoy possesses a piece of the Web’s puzzle . . . but they may not be able to bring those pieces together and uncover the structure’s true nature before it’s too late.