Cosmonaut Keep (Engines of Light) (Bk.1)

Cosmonaut Keep (Engines of Light) (Bk.1)

Ken MacLeod

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 1841490679

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


After the Ural Caspian Oil War, nobody really trusted the EU government. So why should their extraordinary announcement of first contact with alien intelligence be believed? Matt Cairns thinks he can discover the truth. It is out there, but much, much further away than he could have imagined. Thousands of light-years from Earth, a human colony is struggling for survival. The world on which they have settled, however, has already been inhabited by humans - and other intelligent species from Earth - for millennia. In that ancient division of labour, humans do have a place. But where is it? Twenty-first-century political intrigue becomes space opera on an epic scale in Ken MacLeod's first book in a dazzling new series. His most ambitious novel to date, it will take one of Britain's most exciting new science fiction authors to even greater heights of success and critical acclaim. More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk

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temptation to use it to play, to swoop and soar, was almost irresistible, but not quite. I moved until the numbers matched the co-ordinates we’d been given, and found my viewpoint hovering inches above an intricate, floral, fractal pattern like a bank of moss. My viewpoint was being provided by an icy chip wafted by molecular gusts, transmitting information back to the apparatus and thence to the input jack. So it was supposed. My face plunged into that minute and perfect garden, and some plant

continued. ‘Jadey Ericson? You mean you know her? Wow! Tell me all about it!’ ‘Shouldn’t you be flying this thing?’ ‘For the next couple of days it flies itself, until I have to start tacking.’ She frowned. ‘Now, that gets tedious. In the meantime, there’s nothing to do. We can take our helmets off now, by the way. Twist it so – right, then left.’ We both breathed deeply, in air that was indistinguishable from what we’d had in the helmets, except perhaps for the faint reassurance of each

moment the plate glowed dimly, and Salasso began an animated, gesticulating conversation. Gregor watched from one side with a feeling of vague resentment. Television, or the lack of it, was something of a sore point. Saur display screens worked outside the human visual spectrum, and even when corrected for that they didn’t make much sense, most of the picture being lost in a blizzard of additional information which the saur optical system filtered quite differently from the human brain.

moment the plate glowed dimly, and Salasso began an animated, gesticulating conversation. Gregor watched from one side with a feeling of vague resentment. Television, or the lack of it, was something of a sore point. Saur display screens worked outside the human visual spectrum, and even when corrected for that they didn’t make much sense, most of the picture being lost in a blizzard of additional information which the saur optical system filtered quite differently from the human brain.

with me please? With me and my cousin – you’ll be all right, we can go—’ She stopped, as though out of breath. ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘Your saur. Uh, Salasso. He’s in trouble.’ Gregor found himself standing in front of Lydia and beside Elizabeth with no very clear idea of how he’d got there. ‘What kind of trouble?’ Lydia put her hands over her ears for a moment and gave him a reproving look. ‘With other saurs. You must come at once.’ ‘Of course, right away. Elizabeth, can you—’ Go and tell

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