Sunday, June 13, 2010

Nunivak Snowflakes - Alastair Reynolds

Short Story

Number of words : 7000
Percent of complex words : 14.6
Average syllables per word : 1.6
Average words per sentence : 11.4


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 10.4
Flesch : 59.5
Flesch-Kincaid : 7.8



PEOPLE

Naluvara

An Innupiat healer in Nunivak.

Dr Tania Tollefson

Naluvura's soon to be ex-girlfriend and time travel message sender.

Apik

Naluvura's friend who also has a thing for Tania.

Ugrook

Elderly hunter and patient of Naluvura's.

Ubu, Jim, Angie and Dawn

Other intelligent spacetime infectees.



PLACES

Nunivak

Naluvaru's town. An Eskimo melting pot.

Bering Sea

Where Nunivak is.

Spike's

Local watering hole.

Soweto

Part of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Wind Farm

Place in Nunivak Tania warns Naluvara to stay away from.



ORGANISATIONS

Netsilik

An Innupiat family.

Radio Wainwright

Local shortwave station.

Barrow—Cultural Contingencies

Concerned with possible Eskimo extinction.


RACES

Tannik

Innupiat term for Caucasians.

Chugach

Innupiat term for Southern American Indians.

Innpuiat

Northern America cold-dwelling natives.



VEHICLES

Seaplane

Flying vehicle that can land on water.

Snowcat

Ice working tractor type vehicle.


TECHNOLOGY

Mukluks

Animal skin boots used in the Arctic.

Mass-sensor

Used for checking spacetime variations.


WEAPONS

Uzis

Submachine guns.


CONCEPTS

The Change

What happens after intelligent spacetime.


PLOT

Naluvara is a local shaman and healer with an artificial arm. However, the former is due to the fact that he is infected with viral intelligent spacetime, and so becomes a person of interest for the military, who are trying to combat it. Even though such action may not be necessary.

His girlfriend Tania has been sending him messages via dead fish and other means, but from the future, to warn him of what has been going on. It also freaked out various governments to get a greeting, frozen in 26,000 year old fish they just uncovered, all in their local language.


3.5 out of 5

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