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Becalmed: A Diving Universe Novella (The Diving Series Book 3) Kindle Edition
One of the untold stories in Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s award-winning “Diving” universe, “Becalmed” stands alone—yet answers questions long-time readers might have about the history of the Fleet.
“[‘Becalmed’] is quite fascinating and another fine tale from Rusch.”
“Becalmed” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch was first published in Asimov’s SF Magazine, April/May, 2011.
International bestselling writer Kristine Kathryn Rusch has won two Hugo awards, a World Fantasy Award, and six Asimov’s Readers Choice Awards. Her latest novels are Anniversary Day from WMG and Boneyards from Pyr.
If you liked “Becalmed,” you might like these stories and novels by Kristine Kathryn Rusch:
Diving into the Wreck
City of Ruins
The Spires of Denon
“Rusch delivers a page-turning space adventure...”
—Publisher’s Weekly on Diving into the Wreck
From the Publisher
“Think of the Diving universe as an exciting mystery saga, pitting the drama of ship salvage against the dangers of space.”
“Rusch delivers a page-turning space adventure while contemplating the ethics of scientists and governments working together on future tech.”
“Rusch’s handling of the mystery and adventure is stellar, and the whole tale proves quite entertaining.”
“By mixing cerebral and investigative elements, emotional character segments, and the adrenaline of action, Rusch tells a complete yet varied tale that will please science fiction readers looking for something different from the usual fare.”
About the Author
- ASIN : B0071HEFOW
- Publisher : WMG Publishing (January 24, 2012)
- Publication date : January 24, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 5069 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 110 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #291,795 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was a very compelling story right from the start. The main plot takes placeaboard a Fleet spaceship in "foldspace", though the story is about piecing together what went wrong on a planet they just left where a diplomatic peacemaking mission got 24 members of the diplomatic team killed. The linguist who survived is assumed to be to blame, but is unable to defend herself because she's suppressed the memories of her own trauma. Learning what has already happened becomes an enthralling tale I couldn't put down.
This book involves characters who appeared in "City in Ruins", the second book of Rusch's "Diving into the Wreck" series, though this story takes place well before those events, and I think it will stand up fine on its own; for fans of the "Diving" universe it's a must-read. The primary character was intriguing as she struggles with her guilt of failure and being the survivor who lost the rest of her team, afraid to confront her lost memories. Thanks to first-person narration, the author coyly manages not to give her name until the very end of the story, a trick to keep "City in Ruins" readers guessing.
Overall, a very entertaining read. (According to the flyleaf, this story previous appeared in Asimov's SF Magazine in 2011.)
Mae's lawyer urges her not to dig into the lost past, not to try to uncover her memories, but Mae must, for her own sake, even if it means she receives a death sentence. Meanwhile, the Ship is lost in a fold in space, unable to navigate, becalmed. The character of Mae is an intriguing, compelling one. I recommend you acquaint yourself with Kristine Rusch, if you haven't already.
One bit from this story I had never encountered, is the idea that other human cultures, would pursue the art of architecture and city/community planning completely differently than anything we see here on Earth. What I liked is how she went into their thought processes behind their reasoning. She barely touched that, but it is not something I have read much about in the manner she discussed/described it.
Half the physical book is an except from "Disappeared", which caught me off guard.
"Disappeared" is an awesome story by itself... I just wasn't ready for half these pages to be from it as an advertisement for it.