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Linda Nagata's fiction is rich, full, and complicated. It is highly to her credit that she can pack a book as densely as she does and still keep it readable.
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Of course, this makes the plot almost impossible to describe - suffice to say, four people, part of the tattered remnants of humanity, go in search of the Chenzeme - an alien race 30 million years gone, who nonetheless are the killers of the human race.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading    -   mind control    -   can read emotions


Spaceship setting:    -   alien spaceship    -   a space station    -   futuristic human freighter/transport Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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