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Only Superhuman [Kindle Edition]

Christopher L. Bennett

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Only Superhuman is a heady comic book fix for the discerning SF reader, filled with a sense of wonder and a sense of seriousness.”
—Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Sisterhood of Dune

“Many writers have written about superheroes, but nobody does it like Christopher L. Bennett.”
—Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog

Only Superhuman is, to my knowledge, the first hard science superhero story. And the story is the better for it.”  —Mike W. Barr, author of Camelot 3000

“A tour de force that tells a fascinating story with flair, imagination, and weight.”
—TV Zone on Star Trek: Ex Machina

Kurzbeschreibung

2107 AD: A generation ago, Earth and the cislunar colonies banned genetic and cybernetic modifications. But out in the Asteroid Belt, anything goes. Dozens of flourishing space habitats are spawning exotic new societies and strange new varieties of humans. It's a volatile situation that threatens the peace and stability of the entire solar system.

Emerald Blair is a Troubleshooter. Inspired by the classic superhero comics of the twentieth century, she's joined with other mods to try to police the unruly Asteroid Belt. But her loyalties are tested when she finds herself torn between rival factions of superhumans with very different agendas. Emerald wants to put her special abilities to good use, but what do you do when you can't tell the heroes from the villains?



Only Superhuman is a rollicking hard-sf adventure set in a complex and fascinating future.


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1753 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 353 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tor Books (16. Oktober 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00842HCA2
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #447.880 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Not for everyone 6. Januar 2013
Von Kendal Lewis - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Only Superhuman is - as it says on the back cover - a hard, science fiction novel of superheroes. That was enough to get me into reading the book, although the content inside of it may not sit well with everyone.

The plot is more of an interplanetary political conspiracy about control over the state of humanity, primarily about whether or not it should evolve into something more and the ways it goes about doing it. Whether through technological singularity or biological enhancements, you get much of the whole package of idea that in many ways parallel to our world, but on a more far reaching period from today.

The main character, Emerald Blair, is a member of a group of superheroes who dub themselves the Troubleshooters, who's job is to go out and stop trouble when it happens. She is an interesting character, very aggressive, promiscuous, has a troubled history that you explore in depth, a falling out with her father, yet she refuses to take a life or allow one be taken if she can help it. The plot places her and the Troubleshooters in the middle of this conspiracy as their organization is put under control of Gregor Tai as he seeks to guide humanity to a path that he sees fitting against the ideals of Elliot Thorne, who seeks similar ideals but on a different path. I don't want to spoil all of what goes on for those interested in reading the book, so let's go down with pros and cons...

The worldbuilding is very impressive, as you get detailed descriptions on the space colonies in the solar system, the people who live in them, the physics of the space colony, and plenty of other elements that sound very plausible. The social issues presented are another addition to this: not everyone agrees on how to take that path of humanity's evolution, if they even want to evolve at all. You have Earth and her cislunar colonies which have banned such transhuman elements while those in the asteroid belt have no such rules, you have a colony of human-animal therianthropes called the Neogaians who believe that humanity should return back to nature, and you have people who have no such issues and are trying to live life as they can. In a way, I would love to see this come out of the book and into a film of some sort.

The descriptive action scenes are equally detailed as the fight scenes occur in places like underwater, zero-gravity, in addition to the ground (or what could be considered such). All in all, Bennett has done a lot of research and he shows it in both areas. The physics are taken into consideration instead of being broken for the sake of an interesting story (as it is hard science), the world - or solar system - is very detailed, and you could picture the action as you read it.

However, there were some parts that I felt detracted from the story. Primarily the sexual aspects put into it. I see nothing wrong with sex in novels (although reading them is much different than watching them), and there are a few decent moments of sex in the novel. However, there are those that seem to get in the way of the plot. I'm very aware that Emerald is promiscuous, and I see nothing wrong with that in the character herself, but the despite the novel being told from her point of view it seems to be done in a male gaze as the descriptions ogle the characters. Such would be the case in Chapter 1 when she's fighting a Neogaian panthress named Bast and the book feels a need to tell us that Emerald is "wearing tiger print panties". Then there is the sparing session between Emerald and her friend Kari, and it is described in a kind of girl-on-girl scene than a sparing session. A lot of the parts that were made to be sexy seem to have a heavy male audience in mind than a more well rounded audience of readers, and I find them to be annoying at times. Sometimes it's done to show a character is perverted in the head (such as one Neogain primate character named Hanuman), and other times it shows a character using that as a weapon such as the case of Psyche Thorne, Elliot's daughter. These I don't have too much of a problem with, although sometimes the sexual features are brought up way too much. Rest assured, female readers may not like these elements in the novel, although if you don't mind, it may not be a problem. The way it ogle the female characters in the narrative can be a bit insulting depending on who you are.

Further into the book, the dialogue can be very wordy to someone who isn't interested in the characters talking whole paragraphs. Those who enjoy learning some new things connected with the plot be it history or mythology may not particularly see any problem with this. Rest assured, I did not, but I could see others becoming annoyed at the wordiness of the character's dialogues.

Lastly, the plot is almost predictable. There are a number of twists and turns you may find surprising, but there are many others you could see coming a mile away. You could already see a problem with Tai getting acquainted with the Troubleshooters, you can definitely see how Psyche weaponizing her sexiness would be a problem, and as soon as you reach the point where the betrayal becomes clear to you as you read it, you can already see who the other antagonists are. Only one antagonist came out as a twist that I found surprising, and I will not spoil that either.

In short, if you're a fan of hard science and you don't mind the sexual aspects of the novel, I would recommend it. If you're not that into hard sci-fi or you dislike narratives treating women more as fan service than actual characters, I would not recommend this for you as it you may find it offensive.

I find it so-so. I actually had a decent read coming across this novel. Not the best, but not the worst. Was my first hard science fiction book, and if there was a sequel I would love to read it as well (although I would hope that the sexualization is toned down more).

I'd give it a 3.5 stars.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Nice but somewhat slow. 18. Oktober 2012
Von King of the Wood - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
***Disclosure - I received an Advanced Reading Copy from a Goodreads giveaway.***

I'd give Only Superhuman 3.5 stars. It's a nice book, but the pacing is a bit slow. It's interesting, but not exactly innovative.

I don't have too much experience with cyberpunk, but I'd say this book is part cyberpunk, part comic book super hero story, and part hard science fiction.

All the main characters owe their super powers to cybernetic enhancements. And the main plot line is a struggle for power over the surrounding space colonies.

A lot of the chapter titles allude to comic book tropes (origin stories and cross-overs). The main characters are all super powered (but with cybernetics and bio-engineering). And the main character belongs to a group called the Troubleshooters of which each member has a code name claiming motivation from comic books.

I say the book is a bit slow, though it does have a good bit of action and quite a bit of sex. There is a lot of "political" and social manipulation from some of the characters and, for the first half of the book, every other chapter is an "origin story" (essentially flashbacks) which slow down the pace. I was somewhat relieved once there were no more "origin stories" and we stayed in the book's present time.

Perhaps one more mark against the book for me was the ending. It seemed a bit rushed and anticlimactic for how much build up there was to get there. I may have to read the last chapter again to see if I missed something, but it just seemed like the main conflict had a lot of impetus but then suddenly ends very quickly (virtually on one or two pages) with not much opposing force.

One of the most interesting parts of the book, was Zephyr, the main character's sentient ship. There is a nice little section of a chapter explaining Zephyr's past as a disembodied AI program making the desicion to become connected with a space ship. It was a cool character detail and idea.

Another cool thing about the book is that it has a glossary and table of locations in the back. These type of extras are always cool in books and add more depth and realism to the story.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Green Blaze fights crime, has lots of sex, and talks too much (3.5 stars) 28. Oktober 2012
Von TChris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Superheroes endure in the imagination because they speak to our desire to empower the powerless, to be inspired by the iconic. Superheroes in science fiction have gained new life by the trendy notion of transhumanism, the use of technology to enhance human abilities. The current breed of supermen aren't born on Krypton; they're genetically or mechanically engineered. While paying tribute to comic book superheroes of the twentieth century (particularly a certain webspinner who likes to talk about the responsibility that comes with power), Christopher Bennett's Only Superhuman transforms the costumed superhero into a plausible (if unlikely) inhabitant of the future.

The novel opens in 2017. The hero upon whom the story focuses is a Troubleshooter named Emerald Blair, a/k/a the Green Blaze. Bennett gives her a melodramatic origin story (a tradition for superheroes) and sets up a background in which most transhumans hail from the asteroid belt, genetic engineering having met with disfavor on Earth. The Troubleshooters are a union of uniformed vigilantes who strive for justice, except when they don't. The Troubleshooters are only one of a number of competing transhuman groups. The most significant of the others are the Vanguardians and the Neogaians (human/animal hybrids who oppose restrictions on human enhancement that deny humanity "its right to evolve"). The Vanguard is most prominently represented in the novel by Eliot Thorne and his daughter Psyche, a woman with genetically enhanced empathy and an engineered ability to manipulate others. A helpful appendix identifies the different groups that have taken up residence in the various asteroid belts.

While the story has its share of battles between costumed characters, the plot is driven by political treachery. Emerald must decide whether the leaders of the Troubleshooters are using improper means to achieve the wrong ends and eventually comes to question her long-standing assumptions about the group's righteousness. Should she ally herself instead with the Vanguardians, the organization her father abandoned and where her relatives still dwell? Emerald improbably blames her father for her mother's death, and what she learns with the Vanguard requires her to confront that anger.

As you might guess from this synopsis, much of the story is too obvious to succeed as good storytelling. The reader knows that Emerald will learn Valuable Lessons and will resolve her feelings about her father. At the same time, the heart of the story -- the betrayals and political intrigue -- is reasonably strong. Only Superhuman also showcases an interesting debate about the ethics of genetic enhancement, the possibility of saving and improving lives versus the use of babies as guinea pigs. More of that and fewer obvious life lessons would have made this a better novel.

The story's pace is uneven, in part because too much of the writing is expository and in part because it is so filled with relationships and betrayals that a reader might need to diagram them to make sense of it. Too much anguished conversation interrupts the story's flow. All the superhero sex becomes a bit tedious (the Green Blaze is easily aroused and Psyche, who uses sex as a weapon, has a full arsenal). Emerald's histrionics are tiresome. The novel keeps going long after it should end as the various characters engage in extended talk therapy with each other. In short, some good ideas and likable characters kept me reading, but a tighter, less predictable story would have earned a stronger recommendation. If I could, I would give Only Superhuman 3 1/2 stars.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hard S/F and sexy superhero prose! 20. Januar 2014
Von Terra19 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe|Verifizierter Kauf
As a reader, I can tell that a lot of time and imagination went into this novel. As an established fan of Mr. Bennett' previous work, I can tell you that this one doesn't disappoint. As an Amazon customer, I can say that this novel is well worth the price. Recommended.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Superheroes and Hard Science Fiction 25. Januar 2014
Von Carl - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
This book sets the stage for perhaps some very good later books in this setting. The Sol System in the not too distant future. Political and military strategy were not sacrificed to situational tactics although as the female protagonist is still an adolescent, some strategy could develop in the future. The biotechnology and nanotechnology are interesting. Eugenic issues are developed and I look forward to other discussions of reproductive technology. Perhaps humanity won't be ready for stellar exploration until we take control over our reproductive technology and manage the human genome in the context of other ambient species. "Only Superhuman" helps to illustrate what might happen in the transition from planetary civilization to solar system civilization to extra-stellar civilization. The characters in the story have a certain daemonic energy about them and are anything but sheltered. Characters may be a cluster of associations around a name-theme and then develop from there. I read the e-book and acquired the hardcover for reference too.
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