On a Red Station, Drifting
The ebook edition of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards novella finalist, from the author of the acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy... For generations Prosper Station has thrived under the guidance of its Honoured Ancestress: born of a human womb, the station’s artificial intelligence has... show more
The ebook edition of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus Awards novella finalist, from the author of the acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy...
For generations Prosper Station has thrived under the guidance of its Honoured Ancestress: born of a human womb, the station’s artificial intelligence has offered guidance and protection to its human relatives.
But war has come to the Dai Viet Empire. Prosper’s brightest minds have been called away to defend the Emperor; and a flood of disorientated refugees strain the station’s resources. As deprivations cause the station’s ordinary life to unravel, uncovering old grudges and tearing apart the decimated family, Station Mistress Quyen and the Honoured Ancestress struggle to keep their relatives united and safe. What Quyen does not know is that the Honoured Ancestress herself is faltering, her mind eaten away by a disease that seems to have no cure; and that the future of the station itself might hang in the balance…
Publish date: 2013-05-17
Publisher: Nine Dragons River
Pages no: 155
Edition language: English
Series: The Universe of Xuya
I didn’t know what to expect from this novella, and I picked it up more or less on a whim, so I was understandably impressed. We have Linh, a former magistrate from a provincial planet in this future Dai Viet empire, arriving on Prosper Station as a refugee to take advantage of family ties she has...
The description makes you think that this book is mostly about the "Honored Ancestress" and her failing mind ship powers, but really 90% of this book is basically a fight between Lihn and Quyen because Lihn wants her respect and Quyen wants to be respected. Then there are some family issues that hap...
I have read the reviews before I bought this book - in fact I bought it on a strength of the review by a very tough critic and she gave it unqualified highest praise. I do think that this story is a perfect novella. As many stated the setting is an ancient Vietnam in space, and I usually scowl at an...