Kidnapped by calandria maya human from offworld sent to investigate the ais the winds of ventusjordan is desperate to find the meaning of his visions, desperate enough to risk calling down the winds that destroy technology to protect the created environment, who descend and wreak havoc. Ventus by karl schroeder overdrive rakuten overdrive. The forest was the home of monsters, morphs and other lesser winds. Karl schroeder, the author who introduced the concept of thalience in ventus above, right. Nov 19, 2001 ventus is a largescale hard sf adventure novel in the tradition of larry niven, vernor vinge, and arthur c. Futurist and awardwinning author karl schroeder imagines infiltrating the elite of a marginal society in the million. Karl schroeder born september 4, 1962 is a canadian author.
That technology transforms the planet so that is habitable, and that technology was intended to make the world a wonderful place for later settlers. Ventus is a largescale hard sf adventure novel in the tradition of larry niven, vernor vinge, and arthur c. Books by karl schroeder authors like karl schroeder. After terrifying and titanic struggles, a godlike artificial intelligence gone rogue has finally been destroyed. Ventus is a 2001 science fictionfantasy novel by karl schroeder. Books by karl schroeder authors like karl schroeder what. Karl schroeder born september 4, 1962 is a canadian science fiction author. His first novel was called the best first fantasy of the year by science fiction chronicle, and now his first sf novel launches a major career in sf young jordan mason, on the terraformed planet. Now he extends his reach into larry niven territory, returning to the same distant future in which ventus was set. Young jordan mason, on the terraformed planet ventus, has visions. Review of karl schroeders ventus challenging destiny.
Karl schroeder, a physicist and writer, is a winner of canadas aurora. Open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. In his debut novel ventus, canadian karl schroeder has attempted to combine hard sf. This book is a fascinating exploration of the question of the meaning of being as it applies to intelligent machines and persons alike. If karl schroeder s first novel, ventus, borrowed a few ideas from vernor vinge and used them to explore a nanotech world and the philosophy behind it, then permanence mixes a bit of c. But not before it scattered seeds of itself throughout the galaxy. Karl schroeder is the author of ventus, a new york times notable book. I have now read lady of mazes, which is a completely self contained story although it is technically a prequel to ventus. The novel is available for free under the creative commons license at schroeder s website.
It tells the story of rue cassells, who discovers an interstellar object that turns out to be an abandoned alien artifact, and her friend and onetime lover michael bequith, an assistant to a truly nutty professor, who. Although aurora awardwinner schroeder is probably best known for his fantasy fiction, this novel, his first largescale sf work, should greatly expand his. But the story is told with such style and panache that it. Ventus by karl schroeder and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. It was schroeders debut solo novel, and introduced his concept of thalience. Ventus by karl schroeder download link ebooks directory. Ventus by karl schroeder free book at e books directory. The inspector who built this place had been hoping his proximity to the wilderness would win him favor with the winds. The saga anthology of climate fiction, and metatropolis. Karl schroeder is a professional futurist as well as one of canadas most popular science fiction and fantasy authors. His novels, ventus and permanence, have established him as a new force in the field. His novels present farfuture speculations on topics such as nanotechnology, terraforming, augmented reality, and interstellar travel, and are deeply philosophical. He divides his time between writing fiction and analyzing, conducting workshops, and speaking on the future impact of science and technology on society.
If karl schroeders first novel, ventus, borrowed a few ideas from vernor vinge and used them to explore a nanotech world and the philosophy behind it, then permanence mixes a bit of c. Rather than shoving around great loads of soil, gasses and liquids to make the world hospitable, ventus designers deployed a mere 70 kilos of intelligent nanotechnology. Ventus ebook by karl schroeder 9781466800076 rakuten kobo. Ive released this book under a creative commons license, which means you can read it and distribute it freely, but not make derivative works or sell it. Then again, for all its authors imaginative fecundity, ventus often feels.
Karl schroeder is one of the new stars of hard more. His first novel was called the best first fantasy of the year by science fiction chronicle, and now his first sf novel launches a major career in sf. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read lockstep. Librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.
He was born into the mennonite community in brandon, manitoba, and now lives in toronto with his wife and daughter. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. See all books authored by karl schroeder, including loosed upon the world. Buy ventus by karl schroeder from amazons fiction books store.
On the terraformed planet ventus, benign ais the godlike winds which shaped and guarded its transformation, have fallen silent. Calandria may is sent down to the surface where she quickly finds that an extension of the rogue ai, a cyborg called armiger, has planted a strange and powerful device in a young man named jordan mason. In one way or other, the lead characters, all on journeys of selfdiscovery or selfrecovery, are metaphors for the struggles taking place on the planet, ventus. Karl schroeder, a physicist and writer, is a winner of canadas aurora award. A high tech mcgavin from a defeated enemy, and undercover heroes going after it.
Synopsis young jordan mason, on the terraformed planet ventus, has visions. Permanance is karl schroeder s followup novel to his amazing ventus, and it doesnt come close to that stunning debut novel. Ventus was first published by tor books in 2000, and and you can still buy it. Karl schroeder herein, at least for my money, has done more on both a technological level and a literary level with what is by now the hoary cliche of. In ventus karl schroeder creates a science fiction premise that is well established a fallen colony, with technology equivalent to the middle ages. Schroeder s work evokes comparisons to joan slonczewski and vernor vinge at their best, astonishing considering that both of those writers evolved to their current status over the. In the culture, minds and humans interact socially and humans such as djan seriy anaplian in matter make significant contributions. Set in the same future universe as ventus 2000, canadian author schroeders challenging hard sf novel explores the vast potential of artificial intelligenc. Karl schroeder ventus page 10 walls, preferring jobs as far as possible inside the yards. A thousand years ago, nanotechnology seeds were sent to ventus.
This is my first karl schroeder book, and i enjoyed it. I dont much care for the idea of giving nature a voice. Schroeders first series, the ventus sequence comprising ventus 2000 and lady of mazes 2005, is set on the planet ventus, terraformed a millennium before the action begins by ais who apply sophisticated nanotechnology to the task. It is made freely available by its author and publisher. Permanance is karl schroeders followup novel to his amazing ventus, and it doesnt come close to that stunning debut novel. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. An author of farfuture science fiction, schroeder claims to present novel philosophical speculations in his work. Another blazing farfuture saga from schroeder ventus, 2000, etc.
The planet ventus is a marvel of the terraformers art. Calandria may is sent down to the surface where she quickly finds that an. Dec 08, 2000 ventus is a largescale hard sf adventure novel in the tradition of larry niven, vernor vinge, and arthur c. Planet ventus, seeded by nanotechnology a thousand years ago, now harbors earthly life forms, including humans, and three types of nanolifeforms.
It was schroeder s debut solo novel, and introduced his concept of thalience. This book is available for free download in a number of formats including epub, pdf, azw, mobi. After reading quite a few books that were right around 300 pages, a 650 page book feels very long. His first novel was called the best first fantasy of the year by science fiction. He divides his time between writing and conducting workshops and speaking on the potential impacts of science and technology on. Karl schroeder, the author of ventus, is also a futurist, qualified in. An even madder ai has recently been destroyed far away in space, and one of its minions, general armiger, has come to ventus, hotly pursued by agents calandria and axel, who want to prevent him planting a resurrection seed. Ventus is karl schroeders first solo novel, and seldom have i read such a selfassured, polished, and visionary debut. Schroeders work evokes comparisons to joan slonczewski and vernor vinge at their best, astonishing considering that both of those writers evolved to their current status over the. In this universe, brown dwarfsbodies midway between giant planets and small suns, whose feeble glow results from gravitational contraction, not nuclear fusionabound. Cherryh and a bit of jack mcdevitt think merchanters luck meets infinity beach and takes on no less an issue than humanitys place in the universe. Ventus is karl schroeder s first solo novel, and seldom have i read such a selfassured, polished, and visionary debut.3 180 63 968 553 266 191 61 939 1449 476 1421 1267 847 1336 98 1106 810 839 375 654 381 666 1310 643 1322 1060 648 1120 1342 985 937 993 1382 2 1445 1214 335