by Linda Nagata

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From the Edge of Apocalypse:
Deception Well is a world on the edge, home to an isolated remnant surviving at the farthest reach of human expansion. All across the frontier, other worlds have succumbed to the relentless attacks of robotic alien warships, while hundreds of light years away, the core of human civilization—those star systems closest to Earth, known as the Hallowed Vasties—have all fallen to ruins. Powerful telescopes can see only dust and debris where once there were orbital mega-structures so huge they eclipsed the light of their parent stars.

No one knows for sure what caused the Hallowed Vasties to fail, but a hardened adventurer named Urban intends to find out. He has the resources to do it. He commands a captive alien starship fully capable of facing the dangers that lie beyond Deception Well.

With a ship's company of explorers and scientists, Urban is embarking on a voyage of re-discovery. They will be the first in centuries to confront the hazards of an inverted frontier as they venture back along the path of human migration. Their goal: to unravel the mystery of the Hallowed Vasties and to discover what monstrous life might have grown up among the ruins.

Edges is a new entry point into the classic story world of Linda Nagata's The Nanotech Succession.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161252123
Publisher: Mythic Island Press LLC
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Series: Inverted Frontier , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 45,976
File size: 750 KB

About the Author

Linda Nagata’s work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, John W. Campbell Memorial, and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial awards. She has won the Nebula and is a two-time winner of the Locus award.

Linda is best known for her high-tech science fiction, including the near-future thriller, The Last Good Man, and the Red trilogy, an intersection of artificial intelligence and military fiction. The first book in the trilogy, The Red: First Light, was named as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015.

Linda has lived most of her life in Hawaii, where she’s been a writer, a mom, a programmer of database-driven websites, and an independent publisher. She lives with her husband in their long-time home on the island of Maui.

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Edges 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JDane More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Nagata's military SF--the Red Trilogy and The Last Good Man--but haven't re-read her Succession books for many years. So I wasn't sure if enjoying EDGES would depend on remembering the previous books in the series. It absolutely doesn't! EDGES stand alone. And it stands head and shoulders above most sf. This is such a fun, clever, fascinating read. The world is clear and compelling, the tech is awesome. Even though it's been forever since I read the previous books, I never forgot the philosopher cells--yet they gave me chills all over again. Nagata's language is beautiful. She wields speculative science and tech with masterful clarity and grace. Oh, and the suspense. When you know something's coming, but you don't know what. "We *will* help each other ..." Highly, highly recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edges is a high-concept SciFi novel, and it works particularly well after perhaps a rough start. Like some other books (Yoon Ha Lee's Machineries of Empire trilogy comes to mind), Edges shows no interest in holding the readers hand as it introduces SF concepts without much explanation whatsoever (although it's possible explanations are in prior works of this universe), and the result is that it's kind of an awkward read for its first 20%. Despite not being the type of character-driven work I kind of prefer, the use of Edges' concepts and ideas to move the plot forward are fascinating throughout, and I'll definitely be going forward with this series when the next books come out. Recommended.