This Shared Dream

TSDCoverBandFrom Michael Dirda’s Washington Post review: “While This Shared Dream is plenty exciting and expertly paced, there’s a quietness, a gentleness, throughout. Its characters talk far more than they act. They aren’t just action figures; they’re real people, damaged yet striving, and we come to care deeply about them. Such is the power of art — the real, not imaginary, empathy-creating device. Living up to its title, This Shared Dream is ultimately a novel about connectedness, in every sense, and the possibility of greater harmony in what used to be called the family of man. Little wonder that Goonan’s overarching metaphor for earthly felicity is improvisational jazz, the true music of the spheres.” -Michael Dirda reviews ‘This Shared Dream,’ by Kathleen Ann Goonan. This edition is intended for readers outside North America.

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In War Times

SaCoverINWARTIMESm Dance is a soldier who, in early December 1941, has been sent by the army to study physics and other esoteric subjects in Washington, DC. One of his teachers, an Eastern European woman, seduces him and gives him a device–and the plans for it–that she says will change the course of world history. The next day, Pearl Harbor is attacked, and Sam spends the rest of the war trying to figure out what the object exactly does, and what his role is. This novel is full of thought-provoking ideas about people and conflict. Can people be changed at the molecular level to cause them to prevent war? Can societies thrive and prosper without war? What are the connections between music, especially jazz, and physics? Readers with some knowledge of World War II and of the postwar period will probably get the most out of this book, and they will enjoy seeing where events in the novel diverge from what really happened. But any reader who likes alternate histories; strong, appealing characters; and provocative ideas will find plenty to admire in Goonan’s book. This edition is intended for readers outside North America.

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The Bones of Time

BOTcover600In near-future Hawaii, the corporation Interspace is exploiting the local Asian population as cheap labor and as subjects for experimental biological nanotechnology. Meanwhile, the rival Homeland Movement seeks to use technology for its own, nationalistic purposes. Interrelated narratives depict the adventures of Lynn Oshima, a geneticist who rescues a clone of King Kamehameha, who united the Hawaiian people hundreds of years earlier, and of Cen Kalakaua, a young man of royal Hawaiian blood whose vision of Princess Kaiulani, heir to the Hawaiian throne, drives him to explore the mysteries of both time and space. In vivid prose, Goonan combines well-knit plotting, exotic settings (from Victorian England to a future Dalai Lama’s Himalayan retreat), believable characters and extrapolations concerning science and consciousness that will revive even the jaded SF reader’s sense of wonder.

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Queen City Jazz

QCJCoverCropIn Verity’s world, nanotech plagues decimated the population after an initial renaissance of utopian nanotech cities. Growing up on an isolated farm, she finds her happy life changing course when Blaze, the only young man in the community and Verity’s best friend, is shot. With Blaze’s body wrapped in a nanotech cocoon, Verity sets off on a quest to the Enlivened City of Cincinnati. It is a place of legend, where huge bio-engineered bees carry information through the streets and enormous nanotech flowers burst from the tops of strange buildings. It is the place where Blaze might be brought back from the brink of death. But Cincinnati is a city of dreams turned into nightmares, endlessly reliving the fantasies of its creator, a city that Verity must rule–or die.

Library Journal  -deserves a place in most sf collections.

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Sundiver Day

sundiverdaycoverThis beautifully written short story first appeared in the Starry Rift Anthology in 2008. Set in the Florida Keys, a teenage girl, Eelie, is utterly devastated by her brother’s death; “Sundiver Day” deals with the fact of death and newly available choices in a world that is becoming increasingly science fictional.

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