Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter

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Read Noumenon Online Free - With nods to Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama series, the real science of Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves, a touch of Hugh Howey’s Wool, and told through echoes of Octavia Butler’s voice, this is 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.



Title : Noumenon
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ISBN : 0062497847
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 432 pages


Reviews


Gary rated it ★★★★★

December 14, 2017

Noumenon is the best Big Dumb Object novel to arrive in some time. Lostetter merges quite a few classic tropes in her debut novel, but Noumenon is much more than just a nostalgia trip for lovers of old school sci-fi. The plot concerns the discovery of a star that exhibits some very strange behavi...


Bradley rated it ★★★★☆

February 19, 2018

It's always nice to pick up tales about generational starships, a repeatedly cloned crew, and an AI that helps them make the journey. Sound familiar? I mean, we've had stories like this for many generations aboard this starship and have discussed AIs for as long. We've had a long line and a recent...


Justine rated it ★★★★☆

February 09, 2018

This is an excellent book about a convoy of generational ships tasked with scientific investigation of a far away star. It is very much a book about the journey more so than the destination, and it focuses on the societal developments of the crew over their many years of travel. I loved the way t...


Roy rated it ★★★★☆

November 07, 2017

Really enjoyed this read. Had very elements of Seveneves and A Long Way...however with a few differences. It has space travel and exploration, after a scientist discovers this star which excites a united earth to explore. Clones are sent on thes exploration ships as its years and years away. What...


Veronique rated it ★★★★☆

February 08, 2018

The age old question of nature versus nurture is at the forefront of this very intriguing scifi novel. The narrative follows one of twelve deep space expeditions on a mission to investigate a distant star that seems to have a structure surrounding it and obstructing its light. Is this ‘natural’ o...


Lindsay rated it ★★★★☆

February 03, 2018

Noumenon is an ambitious novel following the centuries-long narrative of a science mission to an anomalous star (think Tabby's Star) that may harbor an alien megastructure, and the long return back to Earth to report the findings. We start with the astrophysicist who discovers the target star at a...


Nicky rated it ★★★★★

June 09, 2017

I got my hands on an ARC of Marina J. Lostetter’s Noumenon recently after working on an article about Artificial Intelligence with her. I had no idea I was in for such an expansive and mesmerizing adventure. Noumenon features a super-intelligent, sentient AI charged with overseeing the many needs...


Eric rated it ★★★★☆

July 12, 2017

Sometimes, a book or song or movie will come along at just the right time and strike a resounding chord. Noumenon hit that sweet spot for me. On my blog, I’ve been thinking about generation ships. Suddenly, the stars aligned, and Harper Voyager gave me the opportunity to review Noumenon. It was S...


Carlex rated it ★★★☆☆

December 09, 2017

Three and half stars "Review reviewed" on the blog: https://girotix.blogspot.com.es/2017/... Reseña en castellano en el blog: https://girotix.blogspot.com.es/2017/... (I know there could be some mistakes in this review. I’m trying to improve my English, thanks) The humanity is expanding. Earth is sen...


G33z3r rated it ★★★☆☆

October 18, 2017

I'm not sure if this book is an incredibly ambitious muddle, or just an unfocused mess. It definitely throws a bunch of familiar SF ideas into the stew pot. Earth sends out an expedition to investigate a star with anomalous readings that suggest it might, maybe, be enclosed in a (partial) Dyson s...





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