Lady of Mazes

Lady of Mazes

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Karl Schroeder is one of the new stars of hard science fiction. His novels, "Ventus" and "Permanence", have established him as a new force in the field. Now he again extends his reach into Larry Niven territory, returning to the same distant future in which "Ventus" was set, but employing a broader canvas, to tell the story of Teven Coronal, a ringworld with a huge multiplicity of human civilizations. Brilliant but troubled Livia Kodaly is Teven's only hope against invaders both human and superhuman who would destroy its fragile ecologies and human diversity. Filled with action, ideas, and intellectual energy, "Lady of Mazes" is a brilliant hard science fiction novel.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 106 x 171 x 25.4mm | 181.44g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765350785
  • 9780765350787
  • 1,477,769

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Praise for "Lady of Mazes: ""Karl Schroeder's new novel is the real thing--head-snappingly cool SF, with big and clever ideas, almost believable transcendence, and a way to map human scale stories into a world where 'post-human' powers exist." -Sfsite "This is primarily a novel about ideas and about change. Luckily, readers have a bright and glimmering guide through the sometimes confusing maze in Livia. As she comes to a greater understanding of her universe, so does the reader. Highly recommended to fans of hard science fiction and to those readers who enjoy a good challenge." -"Romantic Times Bookclub" "Schroeder's challenging hard SF novel explores the vast potential of artificial intelligence for transforming human culture. . . .The interrelationship between technology and philosophy . . . gives depth and breadth to a book that many will want to reread to get all the nuances." --"Publishers Weekly" "Schroeder specializes in far future, hard sf. His lively writing style and cutting-edge visions combine to deliver a topnotch story that emphasizes the human will to persevere even when reality is falling apart. A good choice for most sf collections." -"Library Journal" "With "Lady of Mazes, " Schroeder gives us another novel of marvelous insight -- brightest glimpses of where our technology of communication and computation may be taking us."--Vernor Vinge "A complete original. . . it's the most thought-provoking and interesting work of hard SF that I've read in the past year, and it deserves to be recognized as belonging to the cutting edge of the new far future in SF."--Charles Stross ""Lady of Mazes" is Clarke's "The City And The Stars" re-imagined for a new century. This is hard SF at its best. . . Schroeder belongs to a dynasty that includes Benford, Vinge and Egan. Read this book and reboot your dreams -- and your nightmares."--Stephen Baxter "An astonishing saga. One helluva read!"--Charles Harness "Karl Schroeder has always had a knack for intelligent and provocative thought experiments, disguised as space opera. Now he ups the ante with a fascinating riff on consensual (and conflicting) realities. "Lady of Mazes" contains more cool ideas than "Ventus" and "Permanence" combined."--Peter Watts
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About Karl Schroeder

KARL SCHROEDER lives in Toronto, Ontario
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782 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 26% (203)
4 40% (315)
3 24% (187)
2 8% (59)
1 2% (18)
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