Natural History

Natural History A daring and original new novel from one of sci fi s most provocative voices Natural History is a stunning work of bold ideas unforgettable characters and epic adventure as one woman seeks to explo

  • Title: Natural History
  • Author: Justina Robson
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  • Page: 488
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  • A daring and original new novel from one of sci fi s most provocative voices, Natural History is a stunning work of bold ideas, unforgettable characters, and epic adventure as one woman seeks to explore what may be the greatest mystery of allAGINE A WORLD Half human, half machine, Voyager Isol was as beautiful as a coiled scorpion and just as dangerous Her claimA daring and original new novel from one of sci fi s most provocative voices, Natural History is a stunning work of bold ideas, unforgettable characters, and epic adventure as one woman seeks to explore what may be the greatest mystery of allAGINE A WORLD Half human, half machine, Voyager Isol was as beautiful as a coiled scorpion and just as dangerous Her claim that she d found a distant but habitable earthlike planet was welcome news to the rest of the Forged But it could mean the end of what was left of the humanity who d created and once enslaved themAGINE A FATEIt was on behalf of the unevolved humans that Professor Zephyr Duquesne, cultural archaeologist and historian of Earth s lost worlds, was chosen by the Gaiasol military authority to uncover the truth about this second earth And her voyage, traveling inside the body of Isol, will take her to the center of a storm exploding across a spectrum of space and time, dimension and consciousness IMAGINE THE IMPOSSIBLEOn an abandoned planet, in a wrinkle of time, Isol and Zephyr will find a gift and a curse a power so vast that once unlocked, it will change the universe forever With civil war looming, Zephyr s perilous journey will lead her to a past where one civilization mysteriously vanishedd another may soon follow.

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    1. For those interested in SF, this is a fantastic read. I'm only giving it three stars because I'm finding myself increasingly less drawn to this kind of SF -- I'm not so interested in technology and singularities and post-humanism. I'm less interested in a character's final physical transformation and more interested in the almost totally silent voice in this narrative, her penpal who has some romantic feelings for her. I want to know how he reacts, and I never got to find out.The technology is e [...]

    2. In Natural History man has created a sentient organa-mechanical workforce—the Forged—of human DNA merged with mechanical technology. The Forged have evolved to the point where they now seek to break away from humankind and define their own destiny. Far from earth, Voyager Lonestar Isol, a Forged designed for deep space exploration, has found an earth like planet hosting alien technology that appears to offer the Forged both a home world and the means to leap from their current limits of Form [...]

    3. I really enjoyed this book and am so glad it's a standalone. Therefore I knew it would have at least some sense of closure before I started. The pace of the book keeps it from getting too bogged down in technical details but that doesn't mean it's shallow. With shades of Leviathan Wakes, Lock In, and Ilium, this book seamlessly welds a lot of different ideas and concepts together in one. At times philosophical, political, technological, and a bit of straight-forward action/adventure I was quite [...]

    4. Originally published on my blog here in February 2004.While Alastair Reynolds and Richard K. Morgan seem to have become established as forming the vanguard of a new school of British science fiction writers, Justina Robson has yet to gain such a level of recognition. Perhaps her novels, while sharing many of the concerns of these writers, have so far proved just a little less inventive.Natural History is her third novel, and is her take on the ancient science fiction plot of the first alien cont [...]

    5. This is a strong metaphysical concept story, but instead of exploring spirituality, it is about a scientific/quasi-emotional fusion idea of oneness, as conceived by a mathematical, multidimensional (as in quantum theory) being(s?) with only one purpose - to find meaning. However, it isn't nice or wonderful. It's more like that Twilight Zone story of contact where things seem a touch wrong, although at first it appears to be simply the risks of progress or of Darwinian evolution, so humans accept [...]

    6. There is a great deal of potential in this novel, but the potential goes unrealized.In a future where human minds are combined with machines and animals through genetic engineering (I assume this is how it's done--it's never clearly defined in the book), humans have spread throughout the solar system, mostly by means of creating new beings that can handle different environments. There is a growing pressure for all of these created beings (the "Forged") to achieve some kind of independence. A for [...]

    7. Justina Robson's Natural History is a mix of great ideas, cool creations and mediocre characters that was a fun read, but ultimately not terribly satisfying. Her book is set some centuries hence where humans have created the Forged, genetically re-designed humans made to excel at certain tasks. Robson presents a more interesting take on the Cylon problem, how does created life deal with its creators? In this case, one member of the Forged stumbles onto a new technology that both reveals a potent [...]

    8. Natural History is writing of the first order.Here there is an entirely revised system of technology, biology, psychology, and attendant politics. Here there is a broad cast of people, where not only their characters have arcs, but so do their relations and their beings, and so does the very ground of the world. Here there is quartz, which is a painting of Shinjuku Library, which is an alien planet, which is a watching extradimensional stuff. Here there are riches of creative writing.The encount [...]

    9. A priori ‘Historia natural’ prometía bastante: un futuro lejano en el que la civilización está dividida entre forjados (humanos que han sido manipulados mediante nanotecnología y genética) y no evolucionados (humanos, simple y llanamente), y en donde los forjados son utilizados en misiones que van más allá de lo humano. La manera de conseguirlo, entrenándolos en un ambiente virtual para posteriormente transformarlos y manipularlos como si de máquinas esclavas se tratase para las mis [...]

    10. First, you have to love a book that's a serious, hard-SF novel but also has a character that's a living military spaceship called a Shuriken Death-Angel. You also have to admire that Robson can give a character that name and make it sound, in the book's context, genuinely fucking badass, and not like something from a crappy anime.Anyway, I read Robson's short story Cracklegrackle, which takes place in the same universe, in The New Space Opera 2 and fell in love with the idea of the Forged (genet [...]

    11. Wow. Such a good, good read- or rather, such a good book for ME. I freaking love alien biology, embodied knowledge, space travel, philosophy, the ever present failure of cultural relativism, mystery, mystique, beautiful sentences and thought provoking turns of phrase, escape, individualism, letter writing, thought experiments and the transcendental, so this book won my heart from the chapter we first meet Zephyr, a 'cultural archeologist' in love with a (possible) machine-jellyfish hybrid, and k [...]

    12. How did I miss this? I think in 2003 I was still trolling the shelves of our local Borders for new books, and this being of British origin just wasn't there - and how did it not get nominated for a Hugo / Nebula when clearly inferior novels were? But thanks to I finally have the pleasure of Ms Robson's nicely paced exploration of humans, post-humans, and hybrids meeting up with "stuff" in a very entertaining - space opera? hard scifi? - probably a mixture, nicely seasoned with very quirky chara [...]

    13. I like Sci Fi but this was incomprehensible. Lots of made-up words and made-up technical jargon. Don't go there.

    14. As I've probably mentioned already, I've been making a conscious effort to read more SFF by women writers recently, and Justina Robson was someone I'd seen mentioned as being worth trying, so when I spotted this in the Oxfam bookshop last summer I thought I'd give it a try*. Natual History is an exploration of ideas of transhumanism. It's set in a future where "the human race" has expanded to include the Forged, human minds in biological-mechanical hybrid bodies, some mimicking animals, others m [...]

    15. Started out interesting, but got weird at the end. Starts with a human/ machine sublight starship that runs into an uncharted metor storm. The meteors turns out to be part of the remains of another starship. Isol, fatally damaged, navigates toward the intersection of the lines formed by 4 galaxies. At the intersection, she finds a mass which can become anything the posession can imagine. Isol uses this material to repair herself, then construct a FTL drive that takes her to the planet of the "st [...]

    16. Cool idea, but ended up a bit weird for me. Would have liked more of an exploration of the Forged cultures.

    17. I quit about a third of the way in to this book. I found the characters flat and uninteresting, the writing style annoying, and the plot plodding. I kept muttering, "will you just get to the point!" The decent ideas in this book are eclipsed by the many flaws.

    18. During a fifteen year journey away from earth, Isol makes two startling discoveries: alien technology that can transport her across the galaxy in the blink of the eye, and an abandoned planet that can still support life. Isol wants this planet to be a new home for her and the other Forged, the half-human/half-machine individuals who live an oppressed existence on earth. Before they can settle, the unevolved have called upon Zephyr Duquesne, a cultural archeologist, to examine the planet and hope [...]

    19. Natural History is a space opera, though it's fairly different from many others in the genre. For one thing, it's shorter, which means Robson has to fit a whole lot of science, politics, and (of course) history into just a few pages. Her brevity likely makes some readers happy and grateful that they don't have to wade through miles of scientific jargon, but it could frustrate those who like a little more explanation. I'm not saying I wish the book were 300 pages longer, but I did find some plot [...]

    20. Natural Historyby Justina RobsonThis one is hard to rate and review. Many amazing ideas but they are sort of thrown together without much story.The story starts out with an interesting chapter as Voyager Lonestar Isol is cruising along in space and runs into some sort of space debris. In this story, told in third person limited POV the book has a compelling start.The story continues switching POVs (always in third person) and introducing a myriad of characters. Some are called “Forged” which [...]

    21. Natural History is a far future sci-fi novel with amazing scientific knowledge involving bioengineering, theoretical physics, artificial intelligence, and spiritual ascension. This stuff his high brow and very interesting. Unfortunately the story is not very compelling and got fairly boring at times. I wanted to enjoy this book but parts of it were pretty tough to get through.The characters are incredibly diverse on the surface. Isol is an interstellar (sub-FTL) ship that encounters an alien art [...]

    22. I read these books out of order. I just finished the book that came before the recently-reviewed Living Next Door to the God of Love, Natural History, and it leaves me with this one strong impression: while I can see how Robson got from Natural History to Living Next Door, I really, really wish she hadn't. The second book had wonderful, complex characters and lovely set pieces, but it didn't all add up to a meaningful story; Natural History, on the other hand, not only has the same complicated, [...]

    23. Natural History is New Brit Space Opera, a la Banks & MacLeod, and Robson has clearly done her sfnal homework. I particularly liked her elegant use of current M-space theory (the 11 dimensions of branespace) as the physical background for her, um, Stuff.Her setup, by contrast, is classical: The Forged, vat-born cyborg posthumans who do most of the heavy lifting in the 26th century, are getting tired of kowtowing to the Old Monkeys, the Unevolved guys who created them: us. As the book opens, [...]

    24. Set in the far future, Justina Robson's Natural History is a compelling tale of the first human encounter with an alien technology. Except this is a brilliantly new way to tell the story of such an encounterHumanity in Robsons future has engineered itself into many forms to explore the universe - the Forged - each form specialised for a function such as mining gas giants, exploring interstellar space, terraforming worlds. Many billions remain as the Unevolved on Earth while still others are MekT [...]

    25. This book's got a whiff of novelty about it. It tries hard to establish that early on.It's not that it turned out to be all form and no substance but that there's way too much that's dreary about it: conventional metaphysics, cliched space fantasy errors, conventional economics, cliched speed-of-plot stuff, bourgeois ethics, conventional psychology, anti-AI bigotry and so on. I would have stopped reading at "soul" (we are spared "human nature") if there was no substance. But there definitely is [...]

    26. So, like 5 stars for originality, 3 or 4 for content, 2 stars for writing, and a 1 for whatever it is a book has that draws you in and through it. readability? Honestly, a glossary in the back wouldn't have killed anyone. A one pager somewhere near the beginning of, "Yo hey, so this is how humanity has thus far developed" I mean, by the time you are given enough information to wrap your head around the politics and technology the book is almost over.It really is pretty intriguing and I don't wan [...]

    27. This is an interesting read. The concepts are hardly new, humans adapted to be the brains behind machines, several writers have done it before. Alien Tech that wants to absorb humanity. What is different is Robson's own vision of this. The choices people make and have made for them, the scary logic involved in the choices and the sheer humanity of the characters. I was sucked in by the characters, the way they came to life off the page. I really did care for them and wanted to see what happened, [...]

    28. One of the most amazing books I have read in a while. In a not so distant future, after Earth resources have been depleted, the Forged (nano-bio-mechanical entities, human consciousness put in a body of metal, steel and AI) are deployed to perform various difficult tasks like scrapping the ocean floor, terraforming, transporting people into space, etc. At a certain point in their evolution, after the crisis is over, some of these human-machine entities found themselves wanting more than just to [...]

    29. (6/10) Far future post-human sci-fi is not my favourite sub-genre, and this book didn't do a lot to change my mind. There were a lot of cool concepts in here about different types of conciousness, and as long as the book was spending time with Isol, Zephyr and her computer it was cool. But then there was a whole murky political subplot that I just completely didn't grasp. Robson immerses the reader headfirst into a strange world with lots of foreign terminology, and while I've liked books that d [...]

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