By: Marina J Lostetter
Location: FIC LOS
Genre: Sci Fi- Space Opera
In all, this is a very different kind of sci-fi novel because it twists around so many familiar tropes in inventive new ways. - BETH
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?
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
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.