Dark Space Paperback
Part of the The Sentients of Orion series
While drifting in space, lost, due to navigational failure, a mineral scout discovers God.
When word gets out, academics from the studiums across Orion scramble to gain the Entity's favour.
However, not all the sentients of Orion hold this 'god' in awe - some, like the philosophers of Scolar and the Transhuman's of Extropy are deeply suspicious.
Onto the grand stage of inter-planetary academic politics, intellectual conceit and dubious theology walks Baronessa Mira Fedor.
Her planet has been torn apart by the invasion of a race of giant tardigrades.
Only the Orion League of Sentient Species can lend aid, but OLOSS are preoccupied with communicating with god.
Mira, together with the larrikin, misogynist Jo-Jo Rasterovich, is left to her own resources to find help.
In doing so she unmasks a galaxy-size intrigue. But will she live long enough to tell anyone...?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 432 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 03/05/2007
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781841494289
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Review by lorelorn_2007
Loved this book! The action doesn't let up for a second, but there are still plenty of characters to identify with and cheer for as the death toll mounts. There's some big conspiracy going on, but when God's involved, it would have to be big...
Review by penwing
I just got back from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club at my local Borders. This month we've been reading Dark Space by Marianne de Pierres. Of the five of us there this month, we were unanimous. This exchange opened the discussion:"Not got a lot to say about this""Is it four letters and start with 'c'?""No, starts with 's' and has 4 letters"From there we launched into a bitchfest about why this was not just a bad book but a truly awful atrocity on literature.Be warned, here be spoilers.For me, it started on page one with the quote that adorns this post - "Gluttoned with knowingness." 'Gluttoned' I could let past if it wasn't for that god-awful travesty of 'knowingness'.So, where do you go from page one? Well, we can continue with the awful language theme. She litters supposedly Italian words all over the book (some sound more Spanish than Italian) which she hopes illustrate the culture she's wanting to portray. Errr.... not so much. The most common Italian word she uses is "familia" which has, in the English language, got connotations of the Mafia. Is the culture she presents based on the Mafia? Errr... not so much - it's aristocrats and nobles vs commoners.Part way through the book I described it to a friend as trying to do political intrigue but have one major disadvantage - it isn't Dune. But oh, how she tried - the desert planet which is the only place a particular desirable mineral can be found is called 'Arakis'... wait... no... 'ARALDIS'.And then there was the parallel stories. which part way through the book she reveals aren't actually parallel - they're consecutive. The "twist" had no real purpose. It wasn't needed. The only thing it added was a bitter feeling. That's not something I want when reading a book.Then there was the world building.Oh, and how can I forget the characters. From the guy who gets hard at the idea of a desert planet (and everything else) to the other guy who gets hard from carrying an injured alien (which he is incredibly predjudiced against) and later rapes someone else despite professing a love for the alien. Then there are the women who seemingly only exist to show the world.And what an unbelieveable world it is. It's got aspects of Handmaid's Tale (women are pretty much completely subservient - so much so that the men decide when the woman will be fertilised. The only role that women have is childcare. Even when the Baronessa is leading the women it's all about protecting the baby she rescued from her sister's semi-illicit orphanage.This is a society which has uprooted itself to this newly bought desert planet within the last few generations. They relied on one of the lesser noble familia to pilot their biggest, partly sentient/organic ships which they have now completely sidelined and downsized to the point where there are only two left.Then we can look at the logic. When planning an invasion of planet by guerilla tactics and I was looking at unleashing a load of violent creatures onto a desert planet, my first thought would not be to look for a creature that normally lives in the sea and has to be modified into something which sounds like a beetle/scorpion cross breed.I struggled to find the enthusiasm to read this book. I just didn't care about the characters. I couldn't believe the world building. The logic was completely devoid of... logic. It was just awful.Alexx x
Review by Mardel
The first time I ever heard of Marianne De Pierres was when I picked up this totally bad-ass looking book called Nylon Angel. It was a kind of cyperpunk/sci-fi/urban fantasy mix. I guess that's why she's considered a speculative fiction writer. After reading Nylon Angel, I searched high and low for the other two of the series (Parrish Plessis series) Code Noir, and Crash Deluxe. Hell of a trilogy. One I kept thinking about long after reading.After reading works from two separate series, and taking a peek at a third of her series (Sharp Shooter under the name Marianne Delacourt) I feel like any book by Marianne De Pierres I pick up is going to be well written, with numerous interesting characters, a variety of character "voices", good dialogue and excellent narration. The book will be interesting with twists, suspense and a sense of ...well being there.Dark Space is about a three separate people whose lives cross paths; it's also about a entity called Sole, for a lack of any other name. It seems there was this space traveler/partier - kind of a lazy boy who likes to keep his mind rather altered (haha, likes to get high) and on one of this "explorations" comes across this entity - who either saves him or put him in danger in the first place. This entity has no real body, and the result of this discovery is that beings from other planets consider him/she/it a godlike being. This entity - Sole, likes to explore other minds and to do this has convinced people to set up a place to collect beings who want the priviledge of being mind-explored....not always a pleasant experience, and one that leaves them altered, in a way.The other half of this story is about Tekton, Mira and Trinder. Tekton's story doesn't quite run concurrently with Mira and Trinder's. Tekton is one of those who've been picked to be explored by Sole. There he comes into contact with JoJo, the one who "discovered" Sole. Tekton is not a very nice being, rather he is rude, priviledged, snobby, and feels entitled. He's also in competition with his cousing to create. His task, given to him Sole, is to create or explain Beauty to Sole. This leads to ....problems. Explaining would be spoilers. During his stay at this learning/exploration point Tekton comes into contact with others who are there for the same thing - to be explored by Sole, and to in turn, explore Sole. It's doubtful who's getting the best of the situation...Mira and Trin are from another section of the universe. Both are attending a type of university for flying spaceships - among other subjects. Their families are among some that have migrated from one planet to others, in order to live life as they choose- only they bring with them some very oppressive beliefs that have been handed down throughout the generations. Trinder's family is the ruling family, very priviledged and totally in charge. They own a few mining planets and are filthy rich. Trinder has grown up not knowing even how to dress himself. He's never had to do anything for himself at all. Despite this, he is attending school and is next in line for the Principality.Mira's family is connected to Trinder's and she is the first female in a very, very long time to inherit the ability to communicate telepathically with the biozooms - a type of sentient space ship. The pilots all need to be able to communicate with these certain ships. Only the ship in question belongs to Trinder's family. Mira's story opens with Trinder's father betraying her by commanding her ability to be gene-spliced from her and given to Trinder. Which would eventually drive her mad. In a panic, she runs away, to her aunt's home...What follows, is Trinder being banished from his father's presence and punished by being put to "work", even though he's not skilled at ANYTHING. Mira's aunt's planet ends up being invaded by these beings that annihilate humans....Mira and Trin's paths intersect again....The novel is full of twists and turns. There is action, danger, escape and more danger. Betrayals and acts of bravery. Suffering and small moments of contentment. It is an epic space opera with a bit of a cliff hanger ending.....I want to read the next book in this series. Chaos Space. I know I've mashed up this "review" but that's what I do. I read a book, "talk" a bit about it, write what I like about it, and I have no idea how to analyse a book. I just read and enjoy, or put it aside. This book is a keeper, and I would recommend it to Science Fiction lovers.
Review by ashooles
Quite an interesting read. Great characters, interesting and it had me guessing quite a bit at what was happening. My only complaint is that through most of the book, I felt as if I should have 'known' what every word meant. I didn't find things explained well enough and given that I am not that equipped with the Italian language, I got confused a little. Though, of what I did understand, I thoroughly enjoyed it.