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Ancestral Night: Book One (White Space) (original 2019; udgave 2019)

af Elizabeth Bear (Forfatter)

Serier: White Space (1)

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"Halmey Dz and her partner Connla Kurucz are salvage operators, living just on the inside of the law...usually. Theirs is the perilous and marginal existence--with barely enough chance of striking it fantastically big--just once--to keep them coming back for more. They pilot their tiny ship into the scars left by unsuccessful White Transitions, searching for the relics of lost human and alien vessels. But when they make a shocking discovery about a long-thought-dead alien species, it may be the thing that could tip the perilous peace mankind has found into war"--… (mere)
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Titel:Ancestral Night: Book One (White Space)
Forfattere:Elizabeth Bear (Forfatter)
Info:Gollancz (2019), 512 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Ancestral Night af Elizabeth Bear (2019)

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set in the far future, a compelling space opera, with a little ship sailing a big universe populated with a lot of alien races. the narrator's voice is charming. the territory and the point of view bring to mind Iain Banks. Elizabeth Bear can really write, and she's lot lots to say. first of a series called White Space. ( )
  macha | Jul 17, 2021 |
I'm not usually a fan of first-person narrative but five minutes into Ancestral Night I stopped noticing it and never looked back. Elizabeth Bear has a knack.

Our protagonist, Haimey, who lives in a society which is able to "tune" their emotions and hormonal responses in order to live more regulated lives, struggles with the surprising number of side-effects and drawbacks that result, and much of this is, of course, personal and internal. Hence the need for a lot of first-person introspective navel-gazing which, while well thought-out and beautifully narrated, becomes a frustrating side-issue you just want to get past when the bullets are flying and the situation desperate. I have to admit to skimming some of these parts, and that didn't seem to detract from the story.

A second read may be worthwhile - once the plot is known one may be less desperate to find out what happens next and instead read slower and more carefully plumb its depths. I believe this book deserves that.

Bear's forays into the human psyche are very insightful if you take the time to digest them. However I fear many readers will find them too intrusive, but as I say, skimming over a lot of that does not disturb the plot too much. I loved Bear's cognisance of the pitfalls when adjusting one's own emotions and hormones. One of my favourites is where our protagonist considers the importance of setting an on-timer before turning one's conscience off, since one would never consider turning it back on from that state of mind - and she explains it so much better than I.

Much of this novel is about personal choices, about who you really are, who you could be with the right tweaks, whether you could be better, and what is "better" anyway? The antagonist, Farweather, is a pirate who is an unadjusted human and eschews all this mind-tampering stuff, so the interaction between her and Haimey - whose personal moralities are poles apart - provides another area of conflict quite apart from the ongoing physical battle between the two.

Of course there is the usual cast of intriguing aliens, mind and body mods, ships, space-stations, AIs and good science, which is the usual reason I read SF.

Thank the stars there are no marines, or the dreary wall-to-wall carpet-bombing and galaxy-wide wars that I'm sick to death of.

I like Bear's writing style, well constructed and intelligent with an undercurrent of humour, beauty, and little insights (and the occasional big one) that give this tale a nice lift. I went looking for an example and found three on the first page I looked at: "Anger is an inoculant. It gets your immune system working against bullshit."

I think this book taught me a few things about myself which is a somewhat unusual outcome for a fictional tale, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next in the series. ( )
  ZootAllures | Jun 26, 2021 |
I struggled to almost half-way through and just couldn't find anything to make it worth continuing. Didn't care for the protagonist, the writing style was somehow trivialising of some major issues, the plot was random. There were interesting ideas in there - how societies could be organised to be co-operative and concerned with community rather than self, for one - but those ideas were not developed enough. DNF. ( )
  SChant | Jun 4, 2021 |
This is an intriguing new setting, with a lot to say about political philosophy and what it means to be a society. I really liked the protagonist, and thought her struggle with identity and trauma was handled well. The supporting cast is great too. The ending was satisfying and tied things up well. ( )
  lavaturtle | Dec 11, 2020 |
This was an interesting way too frame a discussion of politics and personal agency. I liked the aliens and the tech, but the plot left me feeling a little let down and I'm not entirely sure why. ( )
  Chris.Bulin | Oct 1, 2020 |
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