by Ken Macleod
Review by Iain Emsley
Orbit Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 1841491756
Date: 04 March 2004 List Price £17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Space Opera has come of age in the hands of British writers -- just consider what M John Harrison and Iain Banks have delivered over the last few years. Macleod has rightly had his supporters and Newton's Wake shows that he has matured into a great writer. He has thoroughly explored the Left Wing political stance and this stand alone novel shows that he can move into new areas with the subgenre. From official release/information:
Amazon Synopsis: The Hard Rapture took Earth's best minds away. Now the rest are about to find out where they went ...Centuries ago, space settlers and soldiers fled to the stars from the sentient AI war machines that engulfed Earth. They colonised Eurydice, a planet whose rocks contain traces of its own war machines - some of which still guard a vast, enigmatic artefact on a remote tundra. When an expedition raids this strange artefact, the Eurydiceans discover that they weren't the last survivors of humanity after all. Their leisured lifestyle is about to be disrupted by new arrivals for whom Eurydice is a prize worth fighting over. And the long-dormant war machines are awakening ...Newton's Wake is a stunning stand-alone space opera, charting the struggle for human survival in a universe dominated by post-human intelligence.