Sunday, May 20, 2012

Silversands - Gareth L. Powell

An highly polished SF outing in his Tanguy future history. Alien wormhole technology allowes interstellar travel, but only randomly. The gates are currently not programmable leading to highly sporadic inter-colony communication. Silversands is a rebel example of such to some degree, where a wealthy businessman built a ship and ventured outwards sans government approval and started a colony. Which, on maturing is afflicted with the usual human problems of corruption and skullduggery. And spies for Earth posing as others to try and protect the secrets a dead woman's artificial intelligence remnant holds. Becoming involved with this after a ship suddenly turns up carrying this AI are a young woman on board, a long-lived Silversands law enforcement officer, a broke spaceplane pilot and his girlfriend along with the aforementioned politicos and spooks. 4 out of 5

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