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


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...

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...

Sarah rated it ★★★★★

July 23, 2017

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. My honest thoughts and opinions are below. This book was absolutely amazing! I honestly wasn't expecting to like this book as much as o did. Normally, I don't like books that jump time or perspectives, but with this book, it keeps everything flowing and he...

Beth rated it ★★★★★

September 09, 2017

Noumenon is an ambitious book, even by science fiction standards. To investigate a curious far-distant phenomena, Earth conceives an idea to send a fleet of generation ships. Rather than using cryogenics or relying on the whims of breeding, they staff the ships by finding the best scientists in t...

Cheryl rated it ★★★☆☆

August 20, 2017

Those expecting this book to be Hard SF, like Rendezvous With Rama, will probably be disappointed. It's mostly Social SF, focusing on the community within the generational ships and how it changes during the two thousand year journey to the mysterious star and back home again. The star's mystery...

Danny rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 13, 2017

This book is terrible. What a coincidence that almost every positive review received the book for free. Ignore the misleading description. There is nothing, at all, "hard scifi along the lines of Neal Stephenson's Seveneves" in this novel. The "science" included is laughably imaginary - you'd prob...

AliceAnn rated it ★★★★☆

September 12, 2017

Although I really enjoyed this SF book, it wasn't what I was expecting. Just a head's up; if you're looking for a fast-paced, action-packed, guns-blazing romp, this isn't it. Instead, it's a beautifully written social SF generational story, exploring how individuals and communities change over ti...

Katie rated it ★★★☆☆

August 22, 2017

The first half of this book was really good, but the second half of the book was too ambitious for its page count. Or maybe I mean too ambitious for one story. It tried to deal with big themes in a short amount of time that that were more or less resolved by in the next section of the book. Which...

Alex rated it ★★★★★

September 13, 2017


Deven rated it ★★★☆☆

August 24, 2017

Started out a decent story, a tale spanning thousands of years through a series of vignettes. But each vignette went on for too long, and the ending went on for way too long.

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