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Young Rue Cassels Of The Cycler Compact A Civilization Based Around Remote Brown Dwarf Stars Is Running From Her Bullying Brother, Who Has Threatened To Sell Her Into Slavery Fleeing In A Shuttle Spacecraft From The Sparsely Populated And Austere Comet Mining Habitat She Has Lived In Her Whole Life, She Spots A Distant, Approaching Object, And Stakes A Legal Claim To It It Is Not The Valuable Comet She Hoped For But Something Even Wonderful, An Abandoned Cycler Starship.Her Discovery Unleashes A Fury Of Action, Greed, And Interstellar Intrigue As Many Factions Attempt To Take Advantage Of The Last Great Opportunity To Revitalize And Perhaps Control The Compact.This Is The Story Of Rue S Quest To Visit And Claim This Ship And Its Treasures, Set Against A Background Of Warring Empires, Strange Alien Artifacts, And Fantastic Science It Is A Story Of Hope And Danger, Of A Strange And Compelling Religion, Permanence, Unique To This Star Faring Age, And Of The Re Birth Of Life And Belief In A Place At The Edge Of Forever.


10 thoughts on “Permanence

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    The discovery that made interstellar travel possible was made in 1997 but at the time no one recognized its significance So opens Permanence, set in the 25th century Humanity has settled dozens of extrasolar planets the so called lit worlds and thousands of brown dwarf colonies the halo worlds All the colonies were linked by big, NAFAL starships, each travelling a fixed circuit of worlds the cyclers The cyclers never stop, as the energy cost to boost them to relativistic The discovery that made interstellar travel possible was made in 1997 but at the time no one recognized its significance So opens Permanence, set in the 25th century Humanity has settled dozens of extrasolar planets the so called lit worlds and thousands of brown dwarf colonies the halo worlds All the colonies were linked by big, NAFAL starships, each travelling a fixed circuit of worlds the cyclers The cyclers never stop, as the energy cost to boost them to relativistic speeds is, well, astronomical Ultra light shuttles transfer passengers, crew and cargo at each port.Permanence is a quasi religious order set up to support the great starships, and to preserve human civilization for the indefinitely long future It s a noble and admirable organization, which has been seriously disrupted by the recent discovery of FTL travel which, it turns out, will only work near a full size star FTL travel is much cheaper than the sub light speed cyclers, so the halo worlds economies, and the Cycler Compact, are near collapse It gets worse the lit worlds are joining the new Earth based Rights Economy, an aggressively centralized property rights setup that forbids any non commercial transactions Hmm could this be socially conscious Canada vs the great, grasping Colossus of the South The halo worlds are cold, too Meadow Rue Rosebud Cassells lit out from Allemagne station when her bullying brother got to be too much En route to Erythrion, Rue discovers, and files a claim on, a new comet Her claim is denied her comet is really a spaceship but then reinstated it s not a human spaceship, and it doesn t answer calls, though the drive is still working Rue must take physical control of the ghost ship to make good her claim, but Powerful Forces want the ship for themselvesThe framework of the novel is Rue s growth from scared kid to respected starship captain I like bildungsromans, and this is a good one But the real power of Permanence is the good old sense of wonder tech stuff The colonies swarmed like insects around incandescent filaments hundreds of kilometers in length Each filament was a fullerene cable that harvested electricity from Erythrion s magnetic field The power running through the cables made them glow in exactly the same way that tungsten had glowed in light bulbs on twentieth century Earth I love this stuff And it s even plausible At times, Permanence may remind you of Ken Macleod s political SF, though Karl Schroeder is much less in your face which I prefer You ll see nods to Pohl s Gateway, Norton s Forerunners, Brin s and Pellegrino s hostile universe Fermi paradox ideas Schroeder s still looking for a distinctive voice, which is pretty standard for a writer s early books, and anyway he steals borrows from the bestSchroeder s very good at delivering the short, sharp shock Rue s poor, then she s rich Oops, bad claim, poor again Wait, she s rich after all This Perils of Pauline plot structure works pretty well for most of the book, but was wearing thin towards the end Again, these are sopho book teething problems, easily forgivable within the terrific story and backstory that Schroeder s got to tell Which is classic, wide screen space opera with a sharp hard sf edge my favorite kind of SF Folks, this is the good hard stuff, which is never in oversupply So if you haven t yet tried Schroeder s brand of thinking being s hard sf adventure stories, Permanence is an excellent place to start Then you can go back and pick up on last year s Ventus, which might even be better They re both terrific books Happy reading My 2002 review


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    I m sorry to say, I couldn t bring myself to finish this one The ideas behind the novel are somewhat interesting not fascinating, just enough to make you go Hmm Once you marvel at the civilization Schroeder built around brown dwarfs, all you re left with is a poor plot that is childish and amateur.There s something annoyingly artificial about the way the characters are written They go along with mad ideas just because the plot requires a crew for the protagonist s quest The events that I m sorry to say, I couldn t bring myself to finish this one The ideas behind the novel are somewhat interesting not fascinating, just enough to make you go Hmm Once you marvel at the civilization Schroeder built around brown dwarfs, all you re left with is a poor plot that is childish and amateur.There s something annoyingly artificial about the way the characters are written They go along with mad ideas just because the plot requires a crew for the protagonist s quest The events that litter the book seem dangerous on the surface, but feel like book padding, and are never really engaging.One example is Max, the protagonist s cousin He somehow shows up at the start of the novel, and conveniently turns out to be very rich, which conveniently solves the heroine s problems Not only is he rich, but he also conveniently won the lottery, so there s nothing to explain about it Such events occur at a maddening frequency, painfully linking what certainly sounded like good plot points in a synopsis.I hate to downright bash a novel, but this one should have been reworked and re edited before it hit the shelves


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    There isn t a day that goes by that I don t think of this book Fast paced adventure has subtext about our economy and microtransations that has completely changed the way I look the world around me I seriously cannot use an ATM machine without getting angry after reading this novel It reads like SF, but it is a thorough going critique of capitalism gone wrong And the universe he is building in this novel, along with his other works, really makes one think about implications of social There isn t a day that goes by that I don t think of this book Fast paced adventure has subtext about our economy and microtransations that has completely changed the way I look the world around me I seriously cannot use an ATM machine without getting angry after reading this novel It reads like SF, but it is a thorough going critique of capitalism gone wrong And the universe he is building in this novel, along with his other works, really makes one think about implications of social networking software


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    I bought this book a decade ago, after hearing quite a bit of fuss written about it Already, it has managed to influence many other science fiction universes, with its concentration on brown dwarfs and their planetary systems and the human cultures which have sprung up on their worlds Read Simon Bissons excellent review.evildrganymede is livejournals local expert on brown dwarfs, published and everything, so he can correct me Briefly put, brown dwarfs are star like objects which lack I bought this book a decade ago, after hearing quite a bit of fuss written about it Already, it has managed to influence many other science fiction universes, with its concentration on brown dwarfs and their planetary systems and the human cultures which have sprung up on their worlds Read Simon Bisson s excellent review.evildrganymede is livejournal s local expert on brown dwarfs, published and everything, so he can correct me Briefly put, brown dwarfs are star like objects which lack sufficient mass to sustain nuclear fusion forthan a few hundred million years, but which are substantiallymassive than superjovian planets, ranging between 15 and 70 Jovian masses Their importance to would be interstellar colonizers lies in the fact that, as low mass objects which form through the same processes of stellar condensation as other stars, brown dwarfs should be relativelycommon than main sequence stars capable of sustaining fusion, since it is easier to accumulate say 50 Jovian masses worth of material to form a brown dwarf than 500 Jovian masses Indeed, one survey suggests that there might be twice as many brown dwarf stars as main sequence stars This has implications for a human interstellar civilization, particularly if the interstellar propulsion methods used are limited by distance, for instance like 2300AD s stutterwarp drive In the 2300AD universe, for instance, within the range of stutterwarp drive from Earth, for instance, there are only five stars Wolf 359, Barnard s Star, and the three stars of Alpha Centauri The limited range of the stutterwarp interstellar drive establishes a highly specific astrographic setting, with the only stars reachable being those which lie within range of other stars which are themselves reachable only by stutterwarp If there were, in addition to the five main sequence stars already mentioned, ten brown dwarfs located at random within 7.7 light years of Earth, this would drastically open up the volumes of space accessible to human interstellar civilization Only the most isolated stars could not be reached More, there could well be suitable targets for colonization in these brown dwarf planetary systems, which did, after all, form like the planetary systems of main sequence stars Terrestrial type planets could be terraformed, moons like the Galilean satellites of Jupiter and Saturn s Titan could be colonized by people with suitably advanced technological packages, and asteroid belts orbiting Brown Dwarf 1897 would be indistinguishable for colonization purposes from asteroid belts at Wolf 359 Superjovian planets in interstellar space might becommon still than brown dwarfs, but again, the same provisos relating to their suitability as way stations for interstellar travellers and destinations for colonization missions apply Introducing brown dwarfs and superjovian planets to an interstellar civilization should have the effect, in short, of drastically expanding its volume.The universe of Permanence is one where, for several millennia, human interstellar travel and colonization have tended to focus upon brown dwarfs and superjovian planets in interstellar space Rue Cassels, Permanence s protagonist, was born in a deep space mining habitat loosely associated with the partly terraformed world of Erythion Rue has the misfortune, however, of being born at a time when Earth has invented a particular method of faster than light drive that excludes brown dwarfs, superjovians, and their worlds and inhabitants from a nascent interstellar economy only main sequence stars are massive enough to create stellar gravity wells which can trigger the jump to faster than light travel This would not be a significant problem but for the fact that slower than light starships are immenselymassive than Earth s quick faster than light craft Slowly but surely, the numerous civilizations which grew up in the wilderness beyond the main sequence stars are being cut off from interstellar civilization, as civilizations around main sequence stars are coerced by Earth to abandon slower than light travel and the deep space civilizations realize that they are not wealthy enough to launch slower than light starships of their own Naturally enough, Rue manages to accidentally stumble upon a key to reversing the deep space civilizations decline in a most unexpected manner You really should read Simon Bisson s review I suppose that part of the reason I m so interested in Permanence is because I come from Prince Edward Island, a province of Canada that has suffered from serious relative decline since it joined Confederation Like the decline of the brown dwarf superjovian civilizations in the Permanence universe, PEI s decline was probably inevitable, since it was too small in population, land area, wealth to survive, and lacked the resources and desire to be a self contained society Permanence s cultures, marginalized just like PEI by broad scale political integration into a society dominated by a transport communications network that bypasses them as a matter of course, are muchresilient Alien technology definitely helps, at the same time that it can also destabilize things Anyway, I highly recommend Permanence read it at the library, or better yet buy one Schroeder definitely deserves to be rewarded.


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    This is a modestly hard sci fi book The setting, worlds orbiting brown dwarfs, is ingenious with some good realistic and creative attention to detail There is an interesting adventure with both action and intrigue though there is maybe a little too much contrivance in setting up the heroine s travails The protagonist and some of her close associates are quite interesting The villains are from the lit worlds stars and represent a government that exploits the halo worlds associated with This is a modestly hard sci fi book The setting, worlds orbiting brown dwarfs, is ingenious with some good realistic and creative attention to detail There is an interesting adventure with both action and intrigue though there is maybe a little too much contrivance in setting up the heroine s travails The protagonist and some of her close associates are quite interesting The villains are from the lit worlds stars and represent a government that exploits the halo worlds associated with brown dwarfs Much of the adventure involves the good guys the third world halo residents attempts to throw off the shackles of the exploitive villains who are willing to do anything to maintain their exploitive status The book raises the question and provides a solution to how civilizations can survive in the long run It makes the point that sustainable economies cannot always grow and cannot depend on exploiting others if they are to be sustainable The religious philosophies of a couple of the characters provide food for thought as well The speculative technology in the book is well done, the plot is not perfect but keeps one s interest, and some of the minor characters could have been fleshed out a little better All in all this is a very solid work of sci fi


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    I enjoyed Permanence s overall story, and really loved the world building of this novel However, I found the characters and their motivations to be a bit flat Though the novel covers a relatively long period of time, relationships seem to develop too quickly easily and obstacles are overcome too smoothly Also, because of the story s time jumps, character behaviors felt inconsistent at times a lot of character development occurred off screen, which leaves the reader seeing just a character s I enjoyed Permanence s overall story, and really loved the world building of this novel However, I found the characters and their motivations to be a bit flat Though the novel covers a relatively long period of time, relationships seem to develop too quickly easily and obstacles are overcome too smoothly Also, because of the story s time jumps, character behaviors felt inconsistent at times a lot of character development occurred off screen, which leaves the reader seeing just a character s before and after , and glosses over their growth in between those two points


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    This book took a while to get into, but into it we did done got Er I ve always felt that the best science fiction isn t about the technology, the aliens, or the general freedom it gives to authors to just make up stuff they think is neat Those stories work only with readers who share the fantasies that the author is playing out Great science fiction is about people The speculative aspect of science fiction allows the author to give relevance to an idea that would be entirely abstract in This book took a while to get into, but into it we did done got Er I ve always felt that the best science fiction isn t about the technology, the aliens, or the general freedom it gives to authors to just make up stuff they think is neat Those stories work only with readers who share the fantasies that the author is playing out Great science fiction is about people The speculative aspect of science fiction allows the author to give relevance to an idea that would be entirely abstract in real life I do rant The setting of Permanence was just that a setting The real story was about the ideas that the characters forwarded Not as heavy as some things I ve read, but it did touch on some of the essentials of taoist buddhist philosophy and briefly but significantly on the subject of memes The author showed some self consciousness in the amount of explaining that he did of certain things, but overall it was a smooth read


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    I was surprised at how good this was It s got some very believable alien and space environments together with some novel ideas about humans interacting with aliens and the ultimate destiny of humans in space The characters felt realistic and I cared about what happened to them I must admit to finding the basic plot inherently interesting it s kind of like Rendezvous with Rama but bigger in scope and withaction.For some reason I found this hard to read quickly, but it was still I was surprised at how good this was It s got some very believable alien and space environments together with some novel ideas about humans interacting with aliens and the ultimate destiny of humans in space The characters felt realistic and I cared about what happened to them I must admit to finding the basic plot inherently interesting it s kind of like Rendezvous with Rama but bigger in scope and withaction.For some reason I found this hard to read quickly, but it was still engaging Perhaps the space environments and situations took a lot of thought to understand well I m glad this was recommended to me by a friend Maybe I shouldn t have taken two years to get around to reading it


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    Summary Another good SF book, interesting premise, believable, and nicely complicated with a good set of characters Karl seems to specialise in backward wolds set in future times, this less so, but the ingredients are all there. Highly recommendedPlotline Lengthy, rags to riches, plenty of action and all built around the complex premisePremise Love it, Aliens wiped out and humans heading the same wayWriting The reader is right there in the action Ending Well yes, very satisfactoryPace Summary Another good SF book, interesting premise, believable, and nicely complicated with a good set of characters Karl seems to specialise in backward wolds set in future times, this less so, but the ingredients are all there. Highly recommendedPlotline Lengthy, rags to riches, plenty of action and all built around the complex premisePremise Love it, Aliens wiped out and humans heading the same wayWriting The reader is right there in the action Ending Well yes, very satisfactoryPace Never a dull moment


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    I really enjoyed this space romp My only little criticism is that it starts out entirely from Rue Cassels viewpoint and abruptly changes viewpoint to Michael Bequith about 100 pages in I wasn t expecting it and it was a little jarring On the small scale, the story is about Rue and her attempts to get away from her controlling half brother and to find her place in the world On the macro scale, it s about competing philosophies about how to keep a large, far flung group of human colonies in I really enjoyed this space romp My only little criticism is that it starts out entirely from Rue Cassels viewpoint and abruptly changes viewpoint to Michael Bequith about 100 pages in I wasn t expecting it and it was a little jarring On the small scale, the story is about Rue and her attempts to get away from her controlling half brother and to find her place in the world On the macro scale, it s about competing philosophies about how to keep a large, far flung group of human colonies in touch with and trading with one another, and what makes us human Recommended