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F potential allies changes with each job shift How do you engage an enemy that never sleeps that sees through your eyes and hears through your ears and relentlessly honestly only wants what’s best for you Trapped aboard the starship Eriophora Sunday Ahzmu. 45 rounded up to 5 Rating is for the entire Sunflower Cycle series so farI ve held off reviewing this for some time now Once I finished reading it I just couldn t fully wrap my head around what I had just read In attempting to understand the story better I went and looked at some other reviews of people who enjoyed the story to hopefully gather some details I may have missed I m so glad I did that because I found this great review by Claudia where she explains this is part of a larger set of stories called the Sunflower Cycle Turned out there were 3 other stories in that world and they all kind of go together Based on Claudia s recommendation I went and read the other 3 in the order she advised Hotshot The Freeze Frame Revolution The Island and Giants to get a better sense of the story and the world as a whole that Peter Watts created The Freeze Frame Revolution is essentially about a seriously long term revolution going on aboard the spaceship Eriophora The job of the crew also known as spores and the on board AI whom everyone refers to as Chimp is to build a web of wormholesue gates throughought space in a spiral moving outwards from Earth and out into the great beyond of unknown space This way humans can hopefully succeed at interstellar travel and find another home as Earth s resources are greatly depleted and humanity will not survive if they don t find another planetAt this point in the Sunflower Cycle story arch they have been travelling for essentially millions of years as they jump through space Every spore onboard has been raised specifically for this mission and because they need to be alive in case anything happens the onboard AI runs the day to day of the ship and each spore is only awake for about a week at a time out of a thousand years Some on the ship are starting to uestion the mission as well as the intentions of the AI Thus we have mutiny aboard the ship as the people decide they want to overthrow the onboard AI But staging a coup is a little difficult when you re only awake for a week out of a thousand years at a time and typically not awake with the same people Musical scores and DD manuals assist the main character Sunday and her fellow friends and crewmates as they plan a coup a millennia in the making I m so glad that I went and read the other 3 stories before deciding on a final rating and review for this book Peter Watts has created an exceptionally strange surreal but wholly sci fi world that totally drew me in and had me wanting If you decide to go into this adventure know you will never get all your uestions answered and some things will never be fully explained He also doesn t write easy to read sci fi If you like your sci fi to be well explained and fluid you re looking in the wrong corner If you like hard core sci fi on a massive scale with lots of psychology and character centered plot you need this and the other 3 companion stories available for free on the author s website I ve already started blog stalking Peter Watts to add of his stories to my Kindle Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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The Freeze Frame Revolution

Ndin is about to discover the components of any successful revolution conspiracy code and unavoidable casualtiesNote from the publisher The red letters in the print edition and highlighted letters in the e book indicate special bonus content from the author. Three and half starsapologies for my EnglishBriefly I love how Mr Watts writes I like his pessimism and his vital cynicism and above all I adore his perspective of life and intelligence In this novel the author maintains the level of madness that has us accustomed but unfortunately I have not understood the end Apparently I am not the only one and for me this is a nonsense You can see the plot on the cover of the book a really interesting approach as well as its development throughout the novel as I have already mentioned the problem of the novel is the last part Perhaps it has different meanings or simply the last chapter was not necessary I do not knowFor what it s worth Peter Watts novel evokes me these two novels by some aspects of the argument that I will not explain on the one hand Dark Star by Alan Dean Foster and on the other Marrow by Robert ReedI must indicate that this novel is complemented by other stories that the author has published and that I have not read except The Island great story I think some of these stories can be found for free on the InternetIn my opinion this is not his best work but a less accomplished novel by Peter Watts is preferable to a good novel by many other authors

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2019 John W Campbell Memorial Award Finalist“This THIS is the cutting edge of science fiction” Richard K Morgan author of Altered CarbonHow do you stage a mutiny when you’re only awake one day in a million How do you conspire when your tiny handful o. 9 out of 10 at sixty five million years the crew of the starship Eriophora has been building gates to facilitate faster space travel for human expansion The ship is ruled by Chimp a dumb AI built with a lower synapse count to keep it at relatively human level intelligence and every few thousand or million or so years a build crew is selected and awakened from among its 30000 plus population to assist in the logistics of gate construction Sunday Ahzmundin the protagonist and narrator of Peter Watts new novella The Freeze Frame Revolution is Chimp s favorite and finds herself awakened often than the average crewperson She has come to see Chimp as a friend has gotten to know people from of the various tribes that constitute the milieu of life on a ship whose mission will likely stretch as far as time itself She s also been around enough to see the seeds of mutiny grow as people begin to uestion whether Chimp whose capacity to rule over their lives is near absolute can even be trusted and whether it really is as dumb as the mission s progenitors claimed But how can anyone stage a coup against an entity that knows where they are and what they are doing at all times when they don t even know who or how many of their allies will be awake at the same time at intervals stretching several millennia or The mordant tone of Sunday s narration attests to a kind of casual acceptance of the crew s eventual fate for the first few dozen million years most crewpersons held out hope that they would be recalled home or that they would be allowed to retire and settle down on an earth like planet somewhere at this point it seems clear that they won t stop building gates until the heat death of the universe When we first meet Sunday she is relating how she used to play a little mental game with herself calculating what point in Earth s history they would be if they were moving backward in time rather than forward She gives up around the time Australopithecus thrived in Eastern Africa Had her morbid exercise in hypothetical time travel continued the point at which her story begins would land Eriophora at the end of the Mesozoic Era when a mass extinction event wiped out the dinosaurs In all that time they have only covered a fraction of the expanse of the Milky Way and the only indication they have of any sentient life much less human life still existing in the universe outside of themselves is the occasional gremlin that pokes through a newly built gate to take a shot at them The ratio of human years to mission years creates the kind of psychological imbalance that makes the desire for insurrection both understandable and inevitable the most commonly utilized crew members are awake for little than a decade or two while eons pass them by Add to this the fact that the terms they use to accurately describe the conditions that define their existence are inherently dehumanizing they were programmed for the mission from birth crewpersons are deprecated when their skills are no longer considered useful their coldsleep pods are called coffins and are stored in crypts Their lives spent mostly in a state of near death are reduced to their functionality with Chimp as the sole arbiter of their value which is measured only by their usefulness to the mission The most striking thing about the scope of The Freeze Frame Revolution is the way it makes the scale of the universe and the wonder of discovery feel like of a prison than a liberating experienceWatts falls within the lineage of classic hard SF writers who can make far future science magic seem tangible but his true gift lies in how personable he makes it feel Heavy themes like alienation the value of existence and the nature of consciousness are woven into the brisk narrative with humor and pathos Watts may be too smart to let a big idea pass by without picking it to pieces but above all The Freeze Frame Revolution is fun to read Many thanks to Edelweiss and Tachyon Publications for the opportunity to read this ARC


10 thoughts on “The Freeze Frame Revolution

  1. says:

    First of all this novella is not meant to be read on its own Could be regarded as a standalone but you’ll feel like something is missing And that’s because it’s part of a series of stories entitled the Sunflower cycle which includes three short ones so farPublication order is The Island 2009 Winner of Hugo Award for Best Nove

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    This is some classy hard hard SF Black holeworm hole drive using new and real theories? Hell yeahBut beyond that I love the whole idea of short periods of wakefulness during a single trip that takes 65 million years Add a re

  3. says:

    9 out of 10 at sixty five million years the crew of the starship Eriophora has been building gates to facilitate faster space travel for human expansion The ship is ruled by Chimp a “dumb” AI built with a lo

  4. says:

    I really wanted to like The Freeze Frame Revolution than I actually did but in the end it was just too far into hard sci fi territory for me The concept is clever a ship filled with 30 000 or so crew members is o

  5. says:

    GRAB IT NOW I just can't begin to tell you how much I loved this book And I know for a fact I will be reading it again and perhaps soon There are just so many reasons why I could recommend it to you It’s a book for the true scifi fan that manages to be refreshing and new at the same time retaining all the benefits of being basically hard scifi It also raises tough uestions about natural versus artificial intelligence a

  6. says:

    45 rounded up to 5 Rating is for the entire Sunflower Cycle series so farI’ve held off reviewing this for some time now Once I finished reading it I just couldn’t fully wrap my head around what I had just read In attempting to understand the story better I went and looked at some other reviews of people who enjoyed

  7. says:

    Ahoy there me mateys I received this sci fi eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review So here be me honest musings This bo

  8. says:

    Three and half starsapologies for my EnglishBriefly I love how Mr Watts writes I like his pessimism and his vital cynicism and above all I adore

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    This hard SF novella is eligible for Hugo Nebula and Locus Award in 2019 This is a part of Sunflower cycle but can be read as a standaloneIn order to spread the mankind across the galaxy a special kind of ship was created an asteroid 10 km in diameter with an artificial black hole and the energy and propulsion This is not as crazy

  10. says:

    There is a lot to like about this book and due to its length there were not any dull or slow spots This was also one of the straight forward and understandable books I've read by Mr Watts and I didn't have to look up as much stuff while in the middle of reading I did have some problems suaring some of the concepts and the timeline was too lon