Singularity's Ring

Paul Melko

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The debut novel from a exciting new voice in SF—about what happens after ninety percent of humanity leaves Earth
 
There is an artificial ring around the Earth and it is empty after the Singularity. Either all the millions of inhabitants are dead, or they have been transformed into energy beings beyond human perception. Earth’s population was reduced by ninety percent. Human civilization on Earth is now recovering from this trauma and even has a vigorous space program.
 
Apollo Papadopulos is in training to become the captain of the starship Consensus. Apollo is a unique individual in that he/she/it is not an individual at all, but five separate teenagers who form a new entity. Strom, Meda, Quant, Manuel, and Moira are a pod, as these kinds of personalities are called, genetically engineered to work as one and to be able to communicate non-verbally. As a rare quintet, much relies on the successful training of Apollo, but as more accidents occur, the pod members struggle just to survive.

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ONEStromI am strength.I am not smart, that is Moira. I cannot articulate, like Meda. I do not understand the math that Quant does, and I cannot move my hands like Manuel.If to anyone, you would think I am closest to Manuel; his abilities are in his hands, in his dexterity. But his mind is jagged sharp; he remembers things and knows them for us. Trivial information that he spins into memory.No, I am closest to Moira. Perhaps because she is everything I am not. She is as beautiful as Meda, I think. If she were a singleton, she would still be special.

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Singularity’s Ring is a distinctive vision of a post-singularity future, where group minds and human singletons struggle to control the sinister consequences of a failed transcendence. Melko gives us an absorbing tour of a world where humanity isn’t what it used to be. He’s got a distinctive voice that shows a lot of promise.” —Charles Stross

 

“Bursts forth like a new universe exploding into being; a major book that happens to also be the debut novel of a stellar new talent.” —Robert J. Sawyer

 

“Accessible and engaging post-singularity fiction, driven by engaging characters and fabulous world building. Paul Melko may be our next Vernor Vinge or Bruce Sterling…engaging and tough to put down.” —Brenda Cooper, co-author of Building Harlequin's Moon


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Paul Melko lives in Ohio.  This is his first novel.

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Tor Books
April 2009
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ISBN: 9781466826052
ISBN10: 1466826053
320 pages
$7.99
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