Monday, June 14, 2010

On the Oodnadatta - Alastair Reynolds

Novelette

Number of words : 10000
Percent of complex words : 10.3
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 12.4


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 9.1
Flesch : 66.7
Flesch-Kincaid : 7.0



PEOPLE

Rawlinson

Head of the Road Train repair operation.

Paco Muller

A new road train mechanic and saboteur from Chile.

Anton

Sapphire's right hand man.

Sapphire

Entertainer that decides to go into cryostasis.

Leitner

Head of the U-Life team.

Dubois

Another entertainer that went into U-Life storage.

Blaine

The transient driving the road train.


PLACES

Birdsville Track

Desert Road.

Adelaide

Capital of South Australia.

Valparaiso

City in Chile.

Anna Creek

A station.

Pan American Highway

In South America.

Atacama foothills

Pan American Highway travels through here.

Perth

Western Australian capital.

Jakarta

City in Indonesia.

Siberia

Russian freezing wasteland.

Oodnadatta

Trail across the central Australian desert.


ORGANISATIONS

Cadman

Company that runs the road trains.

Mack

American maker of large road transport.

Mitsubishi

Japanese Maker of large road transport.

Sons of Namatjira

Aboriginal terrorist group.

Ultralife

Company involved with cryogenic preservation of people.

Arizona Buddhist Militia

Even they have Stingers.


TECHNOLOGY

Sleevetop

Small mobile computing device.

LA MetNet

Californian weather network.

Monocrystal

Very strong material used in road trains.


VEHICLES

Road Train

Large commerical ground transport.


WEAPONS

Stingers

Portable surface to air missiles.

Patriot IIs

A missile upgrade on Stingers.


ANIMALS

Fats

Specially bred cattle.


CONCEPTS

The Big One

The meltdown of Chernorange in California.

Neural Consolidation

Chopping your head off to save money on your cryostorage.


MEDIA

Flintstones

Prehistoric cartoon family.


RACES

Transients

People that have been removed from their bodies, often employed as operators of machinery, like road trains.

Mangaroos

Cybernetically enhanced warrior hybrid kangaroos.


PLOT

Sapphire is an entertainer that wanted to go into cold storage as her career started a decline. On waking, she finds that nuclear disaster affected California and the companies that were storing people like her. She is offered a deal to get a new body if she works for a year operating a road train. Disembodied people don't need to sleep, etc., so make good workers for this sort of thing.

What she doesn't know is that the artist Dubois she upstaged at his own going into cryo farewell party has been part of the deal. The Sons of Namatjira do not like the road trains carrying cattle pregnant with babies that will be quickly grown into bodies with such transients. They did the deal with Dubois, and Blaine, the current tranny road train driver, and a new Chilean mechanic, to give them the ability to ambush this particular trip, aided by their heavily armed cybernetically enhanced hybrid kangaroo warriors. They kill the cattles and their clones. Blaine no longer wants this job, and it is this unpleasant situation that Sapphire is revied into, as the next transient in line forthe job.


4 out of 5

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