Light Music Book Summary and Study Guide

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Eos, June 2002, 25.95, 416 pp.
ISBN 0380977125

In the latter part of the twenty-first century, nanotechnology is about to take man into the next evolutionary leap. Then continous, mysterious, and unstoppable signals from space created The Silence, a state where radios, television and the net were inoperable. Crescent City was created in the Caribbean Sea, a sentient life form meant to be a repository of all human knowledge.
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Crescent City will one day turn itself into a space ship but before that could happen, pirates attack and destroy the coordinates needed to take the ship to its proper destination. Jason Peabody and Dania leave Crescent City for Johnson Space Station in Houston where they can retrieve the coordinates the city so desperately needs. Their journey through a world altered by nanotechnology and decimated by plague is the stuff of legends.

On one level, a person has to be a super genius to understand all the scientific concepts put forth in LIGHT MUSIC. On the other hand, if the readers are willing to let their imaginations flow freely, they will enjoy a fascinating story line populated with characters that are all too human despite their genetic differences. Kathleen Ann Goonan is a writer on the cutting edge of literature.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   info about lifeform(s)/society/phenomena Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   the book is simply packed with technical jargon How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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