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Scott, Melissa

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ISBN 10: 0312858752 / ISBN 13: 9780312858759
Edité par Tor [1996]., New York, 1996
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Octavo, boards. First edition. Authoritarian business dystopia. "An orphan on the asteroids searches for her true identity in a world where people can't exist without official identities." - Locus. "Scott has taken the cyberpunk subgenre of SF to another stage in NIGHT SKY MINE, to a universe of cyberspace rich in self-replicating programs in danger of evolving out of human control. This is the story of Ista's quest for her true identity in a future where you cannot live without an official identity. She must leave the security of her home on a trading ship and return in secret to the isolated mine where she was discovered as a baby. There she encounters and must overcome a menace hidden by the huge interstellar Night Sky Mining Corporation." - publisher's description. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#146331). N° de réf. du libraire 146331

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Éditeur : Tor [1996]., New York

Date d'édition : 1996

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat de la jaquette : Dust Jacket Included

Edition : 1st Edition

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Ista Kelly, a foundling and the sole survivor of a pirate raid on an asteroid mine, journeys through a complex futuristic society, a world in which one's official identity is all important, in search of her own true identity. By the author of Trouble and Her Friends.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Scott's Shadow Man (1995) seriously probed the basis of sexual identity and politics, to the relative neglect of character and plot; the author's new venture, a solidly crafted far-future cyberspace yarn, begins on planet Bestla, where cops (and lovers) Justin Rangsey of External Affairs and Sein Tarasov of the Technical Squad, are assigned by Devora Macbeth of the elite Patrol to investigate why an orbiting mine complex was abandoned, puzzlingly, by its crew. Local cyberspace, the ``invisible world,'' has spawned evolving, reproducing, independently interacting programs called ``hamals''; these, charmingly, mimic the behavior and appearance of plants and animals. Rangsey and Tarasov proceed, undercover, to the Orbital Agglomeration, where they meet Ista Kelly, an orphan found on another abandoned mine years ago. A series of such incidents has occurred, it emerges, with the details having been suppressed by the Night Sky Mine Co. Ista, an apprentice ``hypothecary,'' trawls through the invisible world in search of programs that can be tamed, neutered, edited, and put to work--but all hypothecaries fear the eventual appearance of a ``demogorgon,'' an AI precursor program so powerful that it will gobble up the invisible world and any other computer net it has access to. The investigators discover that a highly placed conspiracy within NSMCo is using the captured mines to breed feral programs; and, so Ista suspects, they may have already accidentally created a demogorgon. Mature, balanced, absorbing work, with a richly detailed, enchanting backdrop: something of a breakthrough in overall technique, and Scott's best so far. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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