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Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Children of Ruin (edition 2019)

by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Author)

Series: Children of Time (2)

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Thousands of years ago, Earth's terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life - but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity's great empire fell, and the program's decisions were lost to time. Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth. But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed. And it's been waiting for them.… (more)
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Title:Children of Ruin
Authors:Adrian Tchaikovsky (Author)
Info:Pan Macmillan (2019), 576 pages
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Rating:*****
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Good fun! It's trying to do a little too much. It's the sequel to Children of Time, which was already doing quite a lot—a generation starship story, and a multi-generation evolution-of-intelligent-spiders story, and let's raise a glass to that becoming a genre, please. Anyway Children of Ruin follows an expedition of AI, humans, and spiders looking for more life (and other Earthly descendants), finds a system inhabited by both uplifted octopuses and a deadly native organism. My only complaint with this is that there's a little too much going on to let some of the bigger ideas breathe. In particular, Tchaikovsky's notion of how the octopus intelligence works is really intriguing, and could have been enough novelty for one book, with three very distinct elements—Crown, Reach, and Guise—that work in parallel. It's one of the best alien psychologies I've encountered, highly recommended for those interested in theory of mind. A very fun (though busy) novel. ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
I didn't feel it was as strong as the first book - the spiders are more fully realized than the octopuses, and the human conflicts were muted in this book - but it was still fascinating and full of interesting ideas. ( )
  mhartford | Sep 6, 2020 |
Once again a very complex story with multiple different types of intelligence, but just not as entertaining as the previous book. ( )
  Guide2 | Aug 30, 2020 |
Inventive, less compelling than Children of Time. The antagonist was a bit of a cartoon. ( )
  sarcher | Jul 4, 2020 |
In this sequel to [b:Children of Time|25499718|Children of Time (Children of Time #1)|Adrian Tchaikovsky|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1431014197l/25499718._SY75_.jpg|45276208], [a:Tchaikovsky|1445909|Adrian Tchaikovsky|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1282303363p2/1445909.jpg] shows that nobody writes truly alien intelligence better. The Portiid spiders and their Human companions from the previous book have taken to exploration and find a star system which a different Earth ship had seeded with intelligence uplifted with the Rus-Califi virus - this time octopuses, in an unauthorised experiment - and also encountered an entirely alien lifeform.



The story is told in interleaved strands of past ( the mission that seeded the system ) and present ( the Portiid / Human exploration and encounter ) in a way which is extremely effective. Tchaikovsky writes wonderfully, and explores huge scientific and philosophical concepts in the tradition of Clarke or, more so, Aldiss.



Thoughtful, min-expanding stuff. ( )
  Pezski | Jun 21, 2020 |
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Thousands of years ago, Earth's terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life - but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity's great empire fell, and the program's decisions were lost to time. Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth. But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed. And it's been waiting for them.

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Thousands of years ago, Earth’s terraforming program took to the stars. On the world they called Nod, scientists discovered alien life – but it was their mission to overwrite it with the memory of Earth. Then humanity’s great empire fell, and the program’s decisions were lost to time.

Aeons later, humanity and its new spider allies detected fragmentary radio signals between the stars. They dispatched an exploration vessel, hoping to find cousins from old Earth.

But those ancient terraformers woke something on Nod better left undisturbed.

And it’s been waiting for them.
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