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Seth Dickinson

Autor(a) de The Traitor Baru Cormorant

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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 (2016) — Contribuinte — 171 cópias
Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction (2018) — Contribuinte — 128 cópias
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 1 (2016) — Contribuinte — 101 cópias
Upgraded (2014) — Contribuinte — 79 cópias
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2017 Edition (2017) — Contribuinte — 67 cópias
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2015 Edition (2016) — Contribuinte — 60 cópias
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2016 Edition (2016) — Contribuinte — 60 cópias
The Year's Best Military SF & Space Opera (2015) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF, Volume 2 (2016) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
Clarkesworld: Year Eight (2016) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Clarkesworld: Issue 111 (December 2015) (2015) — Autor, algumas edições14 cópias
Clarkesworld: Issue 086 (November 2013) (2013) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Some of the Best from Tor.com: 15th Anniversary Edition (2023) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias
Clarkesworld: Issue 090 (March 2014) (2014) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 64 • September 2015 (2015) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #200 (2016) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 79 • December 2016 (2016) — Excerpt — 7 cópias
Shimmer 2014: The Collected Stories (2016) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #104 (2012) — Autor — 2 cópias
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #145 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Locais de residência
Brooklyn, New York, USA
University of Chicago
Alpha Workshop for Young Writers
Jennifer Jackson (Donald Maass Literary)



First, some trigger alerts. Tordotcom is known for novellas. At 540 pages, Exordia is not a novella. If genocide, rape, mind control, and lots of gory mass destruction offend you, opt out. Many readers liked the beginning but found the later development not to their taste. I was not offended, but I did wish for a bit more concision.
Some reasons to opt in. Seth Dickinson has done his research on the recent history of Kurdistan, fractal mathematics, and particle beams. It gives a codger like me a cultural frisson to read about the Obama administration as a historical era. In his afterword, Seth Dickinson says that the book was drafted in 2017 but delayed by COVID and the exigencies of traditional publishing, during which time history changed the story's ambiance.
So what’s it all about? A Kurdish refugee of the Iraq war is living in New York when she encounters an alien eating turtles in a pond. She and the reader initially suspect it is a symptom of post-traumatic stress, but sadly, it is real. The alien is an outlaw with a homicidal streak, but it is not so bad as several other groups of aliens that have landed in Kurdistan and involved two American brothers on opposite sides of their interstellar conflict. It all makes Independence Day look like a cakewalk. The aliens offer several variations on Sophie’s Choice and the Trolley Problem. But then, so did our actual history.
How about this for a conundrum? “What’s a promise worth when it comes from a multigenocidal space snake?” Or this: If we are “temporarily immortal,” should we be temporarily immoral too?
… (mais)
Tom-e | outras 4 resenhas | May 25, 2024 |
For about the first quarter of this book I felt like I was reading what might be the best hard SF novel of the year. At about the half-way mark though, Dickinson really goes off the rails, as what started as a domestic first-contact story has become a military thriller meets cosmic horror, and I'm not sure that the whole exercise doesn't start collapsing from its own weight; though I know that I found the whole train wreck fascinating to watch. I can't help thinking that this novel made me respect Neal Asher even more, as this sort of thing is his bread and butter, but with a lot less angst. The biggest issue though is that this novel winds up on a somewhat dispirited cliff-hanger, and Dickinson has made it clear that there is no guarantee that he'll get to write a follow-on book (which he has the raw material for), and I really want to read that book!… (mais)
Shrike58 | outras 4 resenhas | Mar 19, 2024 |
I think I liked it, but it left me feeling a bit cold. I think it could have used a bit heavier hand with editing, because probably a quarter could have been cut out without losing the story. One really good thing about reading this on Kindle was I could easily go back when a character who was introduced near the beginning finally became significant 3/4 of the way in, and I could refresh myself on who the hell this person is. I don't altogether mind the meaning of certain details not becoming apparent until later on, but it was a LOT to keep track of. I did like the aspect of the main character being an accountant, so she figures out how to control the country via the financial system; that's a premise I don't think I'd really seen before and it gave the story a different flavor.… (mais)
ledonnelly | outras 89 resenhas | Mar 11, 2024 |
The title made me want to read it. Then I saw it recommended if one enjoyed The Goblin Emperor and I knew I had to read it immediately. I liked it, a lot. Had the final third of the book not been bogged down with war prep, and battles, I would have loved it. I definitely want to read more of Dickinson’s stuff.
73pctGeek | outras 89 resenhas | Mar 5, 2024 |



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