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Neptune's Brood (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Stross
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Neptune's Brood is fast-paced, imaginative, and embeds some fascinating ideas about the economics of an interstellar society constrained by real physics. Above all else, though, it's just terrific fun -- Alastair Reynolds Neptune's Brood is the perfect book for our times io9 A thoroughly entertaining sci-fi mind-expander from one of the genre's most reliable imaginations SFX (five star review)


Neptune's Brood is a brand new space opera from science fiction legend Charles Stross. Shortlisted for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel and the Hugo Award for Best Novel.

She was looking for her sister. She found Atlantis.

Krina Alizond is a metahuman in a universe where the last natural humans became extinct five thousand years ago. When her sister goes missing, she embarks on a daring voyage across the star systems to find her, travelling to her last known location - the mysterious water-world of Shin-Tethys.

In a universe with no faster-than-light travel that's a dangerous journey, made all the more perilous by the arrival of an assassin on Krina's tail, by the 'privateers' chasing her sister's life insurance policy and by growing signs that the disappearance is linked to one of the biggest financial scams in the known universe.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1031 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 337 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0356500993
  • Verlag: Orbit (2. Juli 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B009SQ01BA
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Business-science fiction 23. Juli 2013
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Wie in Rule 34 stehen in diesem Buch wieder einmal Wirtschafts- und Geschäftsmodelle im Mittelpunkt der Handlung. Ich gebe dem Buch nur 3 Sterne im Vergleich zu Glasshouse oder Saturn's Children. Mit Saturn's Children teilt dieser Roman viele Ideen, die Handlung spielt aber ein paar tausend Jahre später im gleichen post-humanen Universum. Das erschöpft auch die Gemeinsamkeiten.

Der Roman ist kein Buch für Stross Einsteiger und ist auch nicht sein bestes Werk. Es vertieft eher die Ideenwelt einer post-humanen interstellaren Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft. Es ist nicht so mitreissend wie seine anderen Bücher und bestimmte Konzepte werden immer wieder erklärt, ohne dabei an Tiefe zu gewinnen.

Die grösste Enttäuschung war das abrupte Ende, das nicht an die Meta-handlung des Romans gekoppelt ist. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass ich den ersten Teil einer komplexeren Handlung gelesen habe, weil im letzten Kapitel einige neue Handlungslinien eröffnet wurden.

Das Buch kann ich Charles Stross Fans empfehlen. Wer mit seiner Ideenwelt noch nicht vertraut ist wird wahrscheinlich mit Saturn's Children oder den near Future Romane Halting State/Rule 34 mehr Spass haben.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Großartig 17. Juli 2013
Von Greg
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Ausgefuchster Wirtschaftsthriller im Gewand einer Space-Opera. Stross überzeugt durch plausible und gut durchdachte Wirtschaftsdynamiken eingebettet in einen Geschichtsbogen der zu jeder Zeit fesselt und durch trickreiche Plottwists überrascht und es nicht langweilig werden lässt. Sehr zu empfehlen, nicht nur für Stross-Fans
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stross always delivers 25. Juni 2014
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Not for the faint of mind ;-) but if you like Stross and are willing to endure some lengthy explanations of future interstellar economics then it will be a treat. And, as a matter of fact, the story proceeds with the typical pace.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Money, fast and slow 5. Juli 2013
Von D. Harris - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is a follow up (not a sequel) set in the same universe as Stross's earlier Saturn's Children (and for completeness, a short story, "Bit Rot" in the anthology Engineering Infinity fits in between and is mentioned in passing here).

It is several thousand years in the future. Humanity has become extinct - and been recreated - several times. Taking our place is a flourishing society of post-humans, originally robots created to do our bidding (as described in "Saturn's Children"). They are tougher than us, better able to survive the rigours of interplanetary travel and able to be transferred, as software, from one body to another. Yet their design was originally based on ours, and they share all our failings and feelings (subject, of course, to the effects of a tweak here or there to increase empathy or decrease libido - the better to focus on the task in hand).

Krina Alizond and her kind inhabit a society that is enthusiastically colonizing the galaxy, establishing toeholds in remote systems where "beacons" and constructed to which colonists can be "beamed" and downloaded into freshly grown bodies. it's a lucrative trade, financed by massive debt, and Stross goes to some lengths to explain the economic basis of the whole thing. Debt is key here, as the brave new post human world is nakedly capitalist: newly created "persons" are owned by their progenitors until they have paid off the costs of their instantiation; newly founded colonies are also deeply in debt, which they pay off, generally, by founding daughter colonies which are in debt to them.

As I said, the post-humans of Krina's universe inherit our failings, and it's hardly surprising to find fraud, scams and unbridled greed flourishing as part of its financial system. Krina is a historian of such things, a "nun-accountant" on an academic piligrimage who plunges into adventure by accident (well, sort-of). Why is somebody trying to kill here? What's happened to her sister? And what does all this have to do with the failed attempt to establish the "Atlantis" colony, two thousand years before?

This book is a rollicking good read, with a crisp plot and plenty of trademark weirdness - from pirate bats to communist squid via a spacefaring church. You'd think a SF story based on debt and in a universe rigidly bound to slower-than-light travel could drag, but Stross turns both of these features to his advantage, creating something both outlandish and convincing. It's recognisably the same universe as "Saturn's Children" but it has evolved too. And the slightly nerdy heroine, who gets way too deep in something she didn't expect, is also easier to identify with than an all-guns-blazing SF protagonist.

All in all, a brilliant book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Too Funny. Also, It Ingeniously Addresses the FTL Issue. 4. Juli 2013
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I don't usually think of Stross as funny, but this is barkingly funny. I mean, "laugh-out-loud", which is not something one usually associates with science fiction.

This is a slightly insane romp through several different cultures and biospheres; if you are looking for unusual world-building it definitely does not disappoint. Our hero(ine) goes from something that sounds like a hyper-computerized Japan to a floating catacomb to a waterworld, and that's only halfway through the book.

Also, one of the main conceits is that, well, no one has figured out an Alcubierre Drive. There is no ftl, which is what seems to make most current science fiction dated. (If you actually pay attention to real science, we probably can't have ftl, without ripping apart stars for power.) This has a very neat solution to that, which I'll leave to the reader to discover.

Well done.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An Intellectually Dextrous and Fascinating Look at the Future 9. Juli 2013
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With Neptune's Brood, Charles Stross has managed the improbable task of making interstellar finance exciting. He also breathes further life into a universe he first introduced us to in "Saturn's Children", exploring the worlds our children, the robots, have created as they colonized the stars--albeit very slowly, usually at about 1% of the speed of light. It is this odd mixture of global (galactic) finance, Ponzi schemes, interstellar settlement, duplicity by all too human robots, and the very real limits the speed of light imposes on all of these things in the year 7000 AD that is the subject matter of this fascinating book.

The tale begins with the story of Krina Alizond, a robot that could well be afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome and forensic accountant extraordinaire, who plans a small adventure to find her sister, rescue a lost financial transaction, and become fabulously wealthy. Of course, very little goes smoothly for Krina, and she ends up being pursued by several factions who would also dearly love to lay their hands on the stupendous fortune of "slow" money she may (or may not) have found. In the process of trying to escape those who would harm her, she ends up working on a flying interstellar church crewed by skeletons, tangling with nearly immortal hereditary rulers of planets, and venturing far beneath the surface of a planetary ocean that naturally spawns super critical nuclear reactions.

But at its heart, this novel is very much a satire. Robots may be artificially created, but they are very human in their desires and frailties. And the interstellar financial model and economy may not superficially resemble our own, but there is no doubt that Stross has the current global financial system firmly in mind as he gently (and sometimes viciously) mocks and satirizes the establishment. As a result, he produces some genuinely funny moments. He also manages a healthy dose or irony and criticism as he looks at how colonization develops, how rule by the powerful is maintained, and the lack of tolerance the majority has for minority cultures that are very different than their own.

As a result, the novel is quite an extraordinary achievement: it manages to stay well within the bounds of currently accepted physics, but present a fascinating interstellar society; and it extracts a surprising amount of mystery and intrigue from the world of accounting and finance--something many people would probably say is just not possible. (Books about double entry book keeping rarely make for anything other than a fine substitute for sleeping pills!) But Stross does pull it off, mostly. The action is lively, the mystery suitably intriguing, and the characters are both intelligent and funny. It is therefore an unlikely success, but unquestionably a success.

The book falls a little short of 5-star territory, if only because the extended descriptions of the financial system, and the differences between fast, medium, and slow money do get a little tedious at times. The narrative flashbacks also feel a little contrived--they exist a little too obviously just to explain the slightly confusing backdrop of accounting and wealth creation against which the plot and mystery unfolds.

However, when measured against other current works, Stross succeeds admirably. I can't help but draw comparisons to two other works. First, "Blue Remembered Earth" which also tackles the subject of how humanity (or its descendants and creations) reach the stars; and second, "Jack Glass" which deals with the economics of space travel and the high cost of accelerating mass to speeds useful to cross stellar and interstellar distances. In both cases, Stross navigates these waters more adroitly than his peers, and pulls off a novel that is satirically hilarious, satisfying as an adventure, full of interesting characters, and extremely entertaining. No small feat that.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Walking a fine line... 23. Oktober 2013
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First, a little background.

I enjoyed several of the Laundry books, and to this day adore Glasshouse as one of the best novels I've read in many years.

Saturn's Children however, was a haphazard mess. Something broke down roughly at the halfway mark that caused me to start skimming forward and lose faith in Stross' ability to deliver the rest of the story in a coherent and satisfying fashion. Perhaps it was one too many repetitions of "space travel is s***". Or one too many needless recaps at the start of a new chapter (as if the reader only gets through one chapter a week, like a serialised TV show watcher). Or one too many conveniently bad decisions on the part of the protagonist, who is doomed to forever be a cosmic plaything with no agency of her own. Or most likely, one too many instances of "factual" padding, where the true narrative grinds to a resounding halt, giving way to several scenic tours through whatever pop culture buzz-topic of science, computer studies or pseudo philosophy Stross spent long hours discussing at his local pub.

(I've actually started using "Stross" as a verb, i.e. "to Stross" is to pad or derail a conversation with the sort of "too clever by half" observations/condescension that Stross is filling his books with in steadily increasing measures, at the expense of actual plot and characterisation. A sort of light-hearted Pratchett meets Adams meets Stephen Hawking, catering to the hardest of hardcore denizens of the internet and all their transhuman fantasies (and fetishes)).

I sincerely believe something went wrong during the writing of Saturn's Children. Something was rushed, momentum was lost. A deadline grew too close. Stross decided the overall concept was poor and 'phoned in the second half of the book. Something.

As a result of all this, I was expecting Neptune's Brood to take the form of a belated apology - more or less a re-write or revamp of Saturn's Children, sans tangled structure, where Stross could show everyone the story that SC was originally intended to be.

For the most part, I was very pleased to find that this is exactly what Neptune's Brood is.

Yes, it suffers from the same vast quantity of (now almost cliche) padding as his other more recent books - but this time the padding was actually quite entertaining and paced just right to not completely obliterate the true underlying story. Yes, at some points you do feel the desire to shout (Monty Python style) "JUST GET ON WITH IT!" at the book's pages, when an important event is suddenly and unhelpfully bisected by a treatise on the minutiae of sci-fi financing. And yes, once again the comically dim-witted female protagonist's own wishes and designs prove utterly impotent as she spends the entire story ignorant of essentially all facts pertinent to her situation, leaving her a hopeless ragdoll adrift upon oceans of plot and supporting character actions over which she has absolutely no control.

The story is witty and light, always lacking any of the serious tone that the Laundry books occasionally boil down to, but overall it's an engaging enough read to stand as an improvement over Saturn's Children and be read from cover to cover without stalling or skipping the "intellectualised observational comedy" sections in exasperation.

My only real problems with this latest book are (1) the absence of any real expository bridge to account for how the "Post" humans went from being reverential slaves of old "Fragile" humans to thinking of them in the current more rational terms; and (2) the incredibly abrupt ending that begins by promising an "and then reality ensues" epilogue beyond the happily-ever-after moment down in the deep city, but then fails to deliver any comeuppance for the (in my opinion, anyway) clearly criminal protagonist.

So I've rated this one a three, and hope than one day soon Stross will shock us all by producing some monumental work of deep, serious, emotionally-charged genius that will stand like a Lord of the Rings to all his other The Hobbits. He certainly has the talent and experience for it. Everything just needs to be pulled together at once with the jargonese padding training wheels finally removed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Adventure and economics do mix, surprisingly. 11. Juli 2013
Von Karl A. Schmidt - Veröffentlicht auf
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In retrospect, the other piece of popular culture this book most strongly resembles is the 1983 Eddie Murphy / Dan Aykroyd comedy Trading Places. Both of them manage to craft a compelling, engaging piece of entertainment out of financial arcana. Here, though, instead of commodities futures, the mcguffin is an extremely long-term collateralized debt obligation. Like Trading Places, Neptune's Brood actually takes the time to help you understand the mechanism by which its mcguffin operates, so as to help you follow the plot and realize what's at stake, and it does so in a way that's never obnoxious or ham-handed.

Stross has always been sort of a hit-or-miss writer for me. I've despised just as many of his books as I've enjoyed. This is one in the enjoyable column. Here, the appropriate balance has been struck between the narrative and the futurism. The transhumanist elements of the setting are well-integrated with the character development, rather than being ostentatious grafts of gee-whizzery.

This is overall a good piece of SF, smart, and fun. I recommend it even if you don't care too much for Charles Stross.
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