Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fury - Alastair Reynolds

Novelette

Number of words : 11500
Percent of complex words : 11.8
Average syllables per word : 1.5
Average words per sentence : 12.0


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 9.5
Flesch : 65.1
Flesch-Kincaid : 7.1


PEOPLE

Mercurio

The Galactic Emperor's security head, and an artificial intelligence.

Emperor

Ruler of the Galactic Empire.

Vratsa

An uplift pond-keeper of gorilla stock.

Fury

Mercurio's brother artificial intelligence.


PLACES

Capital Nexus

The area of space around the planet the emperor lives on.

Great House

Emperor's residence.

Selva

One of the major power centers of the Luquan Emergence.

Porz

One of the major power centers of the Luquan Emergence.

Julact

The old heart of the Luquan Emergence. Also known as Mars in the past.

Phobos and Deimos

The moons of Mars.


ANIMALS

Asgai Koi

Large, long-lived fish which the Emperor keeps as pets.


TECHNOLOGY

Gravity neutralisers

Can float stuff.

Surface-environment protection units

Fully closed-cycle models with exoskeletal servo-systems, to assist wearers. Sophisticated units with a high capacity for self-repair.


ORGANISATIONS

Radiant Commonwealth

A Galactic Empire.

Luquan Emergence

An area of the empire.

Coronal Polities

An area of the Empire.


CONCEPTS

Prime

A common Galactic language.

Superluminal

Faster than lightspeed.


VEHICLES

Flying disk

A common form of transportation in the Julactic League.


PLOT

Mercurio fails to stop a successful assassination attempt on his Emperor. However, he has unlimited backup bodies on tap, and an ordinary killing won't stop him. They both agree this is odd. Mercurio sets out to find out what happened.

He meets fellow artificial intelligence Fury. A brother of sorts who was behind the killing, as a lure to get Mercurio to come and find him. He tells the story of their evolution over a long time from the protective suits to their current form. The current Emperor killed his brother on Mars a long time ago, leading to war. However, he is currently ruling the Empire rather well, so Mercurio has a dilemma.

Rather than detonate himself and wipe everything out where the Emperor lives, he demands a different sort of punishment. He demands the Emperor kill his beloved pet koi that he has spent so much time raising. Then they can go on as before, protector and ruler.


4 out of 5

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