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Science Fiction
  • Author:
    Tony Daniel
  • ISBN:
    0061051438
  • ISBN13:
    978-0061051432
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  • Publisher:
    Harper Voyager (May 11, 2004)
  • Pages:
    480 pages
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    Science Fiction
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    4.4
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Tony Daniel has clearly done his homework. I've owned and read (and reread) the second book in this series, Superluminal, for years. I finally gave in and bought Metaplanetary

Tony Daniel has clearly done his homework. But it's presented in a fun and lighthearted way that actually helps to provide breathing spaces between the intense, world-shattering action sequences. I finally gave in and bought Metaplanetary. Having read the second one first, which has an extensive set of appendices, some of Superluminal felt over-explained, as it described in detail things I already understood. That said, Tony Daniel writes with amazing inventiveness, detail, and drama.

Tony Daniel has clearly done his homework.

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Metaplanetary: A Novel of Interplanetary Civil War. by Tony Daniel. Free download! Peruse "The Metaplanetary Gazetteer," created by the author especially for this PerfectBound e-book. Now Tony Daniel brilliantly dreams the future - and reinvents humanity itself - in an epic chronicle of civil war and transcendence that plays out on an enormous stage encompassing the solar system in its entirety - its asteroids, its comets, and all its people, transmuted into astounding forms and living astonishing lives.

Once or twice in a score of years, the realm of science fiction reveals a vision of tomorrow of epic and transforming scope. These are the dreams of the Asimovs, the Heinleins, the Bears, and the Brins. Tony Daniel brilliantly dreamed this future in his groundbreaking Metaplanetary, and now continues with Superluminal. It is a time when individuals take astounding forms and live astonishing lives. But it is also a future at war for humankind's very soul.

Civilization has extended itself far into the outer reaches of our solar system -- and in so doing has developed into something remarkable, diverse, and perhaps transcendent. But the inner system -- its worlds connected by a vast network of cables -- is supported by the repression and enslavement of humanity's progeny, nanotechnological artificial intelligences.

Now the war for human civilization shifts into high gear. A pogrom against the A.I. "free converts" moves toward a Final Solution, even as the elite super-beings, called LAPs, are co-opted into Napoleon-like Director Amés's all-encompassing, all-powerful personality. Superluminal flight is being secretly developed, and with it a weapon that promises utter victory for Amés.

But hope remains alive in the outer system with General Roger Sherman and his Federal Army. From the tattered remnants and fleeing refugees of a dozen moons and asteroids, these contentious, democratically minded warriors have been forged by the fire of battle into an effective and adaptable military force. Given time, the Federal Army stands a fighting chance to beat Amés. But the nanotech-driven war-machine of the Met is in full production, and time is the one commodity the forces of freedom lack.

It is total war for humanity in all its myriad shapes: war between the vast cloudships of the outer system and the deadly armada of the Met; between massive regiments of soldiers equipped with almost unimaginable firepower. Most of all, it is war within the hearts and minds of every human being. For this is the fight that will decide, once and for all, what form -- and which way of life -- humankind will take to the stars.

In Superluminal, Tony Daniel fulfills the promise of his critically acclaimed novel Metaplanetary. With gritty realism, a touch of wry humor, and -- most of all -- with an old-fashioned science fiction sense of wonder firmly in place, Daniel continues his saga of courage, sorrow, and glory brought on by total war for the soul of humanity itself.


Kerdana
"Superluminal" is the second volume of Tony Daniel's still-in-progress trilogy about an interplanetary war several centuries in the future. This book sustains the far-out ideas, interesting characters and tongue-in-cheek humor of the first book. But the action is spread among so many characters and locales that there really isn't a main storyline to pull the reader along. In some ways the book resembles a collection of vignettes that give different views of the same events. Some of the minor characters only make one appearance, and serve mainly to flesh out details of the war that lies at the center of the story.

To be sure, there are main characters, both new ones as well as familiar ones from the first volume. But in many cases their story-threads end abruptly, leaving us to assume that all will be resolved in the upcoming third book. In that regard, "Superluminal" perhaps suffers the fate common to many middle books in trilogies -- serving mainly as a bridge between setting up conflicts and resolving them.

That said, "Superluminal" is immensely enjoyable. Daniel peppers the book with Neal Stephenson-esque side passages delving into quantum cryptography and the characteristics and applications of military-grade nanotech. Daniel's fertile imagination is still in high gear as he develops on inventions like his interplanetary rail system, artificial intelligences known as free converts, and the quantum-based nanotech called "grist", which pervades everything from human organs to planetary surfaces. Fans who love the "sci" in sci-fi will have plenty to gnaw on here.

In short, although "Superluminal" isn't a breakout tale in its own right, it does a fine job of immersing up deeper in Daniel's future and providing an entertaining read.
Rainbearer
After finishing Superluminal I was dissapointed to find out that plans for a third book are on hold for the foreseeable future. While Superluminal was not as good as Metaplanetary it is still an enjoyable read with interesting SF elements. It does have a strong case of middlebookitis in that plot elements are not fully resolved and the ending is a cliffhanger.

On the positive side, Tony Daniel succeeds in making Director Ames a truly creepy entity and his characterization of a semisentient jeep was well done. On the other hand, several of the other characters are not as well fleshed out. Also, in juggling many plot lines at once, the author tends to focus on just a few and leaves the rest too bare. Considering that there were around a hundred pages worth of appendices that space would have been better utilized on the minor characters and their storylines.

Hopefully, the author's next project will be successful enough so that he can revisit this universe and provide a proper conclusion.
Marilace
Tony Daniel is one of the more entertaining of the modern space opera writers. And the first volume in this series propelled the story forward with little fat and loads of intriguing projections of the earlier ideas about generalized nanotech of other writers (as in Neal Stephenson's Diamond Age). However this second volume falls into the (all too understandable) trap that so many SF writers currently find themselves in: writing a second volume so that they can write a trilogy.

So, although this volume has its read-in-the-airport-terminal value, the narrative stalls to get the reader to pony up for 3rd volume to see how the various threads end up being tied. So be prepared for a lot of battle scenes detailed in several layers to give us the sense of war-is-still-hell in the nanotech future. But don't expect the blossoming of ideas or the character development of the first volume.

Here's hoping for a better 3rd (and final?) volume.
Felolune
Great story, good read, loved it. However, unless there is a continuation or next book, Mr. Daniel needs to figure out how to end the stories for the book instead of just dropping everything at the end with a single comment.
Alsalar
Loved this book, along with the first in the series, Metaplanetary. I was struck at how realistically possible, in concept, a future like the one he presents could be. I only wish he would finish the series; maybe someday.
digytal soul
This was a very well done sequel to Metaplanatery, but (a) I didn't like how abruptly it ended; (b) how the publisher and/or author made the book thick (promising a longer story) by stuffing the back with ELEVEN appendices; and, (c) the statements I've read in other reviews that there is no concluding sequel in the works. I think this definitely deserves a third book -- but only one more.
Pameala
This series has heart, vision, scope, depth - what else could you wish for? The answer - the third Met book! Buy this & read it, tell your friends about it. I have read that the third book did not get commissioned - this is terrible news - maybe we as readers can show some support somehow. Mr. Daniel is a great SF writer and needs to continue this work.
Where is the third book????