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Probability Moon (Probability Trilogy) (original 2000; edition 2002)

by Nancy Kress

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Title:Probability Moon (Probability Trilogy)
Authors:Nancy Kress
Info:Tor Science Fiction (2002), Edition: 1st, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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A strong cultural-conflict type science fiction novel. The military characters are somewhat one-dimensional, but most of the book is dedicated to the more interesting interactions between the research team, which Kress invests with a fun mix of personalities, and the aliens, who are endowed with a novel and thought-provoking biological adaptation. Will definitely plan to read on in this series. ( )
  Audacity88 | May 1, 2017 |
Some intriguing stuff in here, but a lot of genre trash to wade through to get to it.
  joeyreads | Apr 2, 2013 |
Probability Moon, by Nancy Kress, is the first book in a trilogy about the planet World, its people and the strange, alien artifact that appears to influence all of reality around it. A team of Terran scientists travel to this planet to interact with the natives, unaware that the mission is actually a military one that involves one of the "moons" of the planet, which turns out to be an alien artifact of immense age and power. While the scientists are attempting to understand the natives' sense of "shared reality" - there is no dissent among the people because dissent causes literal, physical "headpain" - they also stumble upon a buried artifact that may or may not be correlated with the "moon." But when they are seen to violate shared reality, they become "unreal" to the people of World and the matter of simple survival becomes most urgent.... I have always loved Nancy Kress's books; she's one of the few female hard-science sf/f writers working today and she manages to combine well-drawn characters with whom we empathize with clear and succinct discussions of the hard sciences, in this case physics and quantum physics. I'm not saying that I understood all the scientific underpinnings of the story, but I could at least grasp the general picture, and the momentum of the plot and the personalities of the characters carried me through the bits I didn't get. Recommended - I've already started on Book 2! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Mar 24, 2013 |
Dedicated to Charles (husband Sheffield, presumably), this is Kress writing in 1970s hard-SF mode. You have you data infodumps ("Automatically her mind reviewed the planetary data. Point six nine AUs from its primary, a G8 emitting .48 of Sol's energy per unit area....") , your sketchy characters with barely perceptible backgrounds, a puzzle-driven plot involving an apparently primitive humanoid race, and some classic space opera involving a variant of crashing moons. This came across to me as an affectionate re-creation, with Kress channeling Sheffield much as Borges' Pierre Menard channeled Miguel de Cervantes in "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote." No better and no worse than the bulk of puzzle-driven hard-SF from the 1970s. I put it on a par with Stableford's Daedalus series. Warning: it's pretty slow going for quite a while, as all the pieces are put in place. There's one bit of characterization that's straight from 1930's SF that was almost enough to make me throw the book down. Then the momentum sharply picks up (page 186 in the hardcover for me) and stays there for the remainder and even explains the annoying bit. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Nov 13, 2011 |
An interesting exploration of consensual reality in a science fiction setting where humans are at war with an alien race, as well as interact with other aliens.
On the alien planet World Enli has been declaret unreal. In order to earn back reality for herself and her dead brother she takes a job informing on a newly arrived anthropological expedition of humans.
The humans and the worlders get to know each other, and finally depend on each other dirtside. Meanwhile the ship that brought the expedition to World begons its real mission, exploring an alien artifact orbiting World. The artifact turns out to be a weapon, and has to be kept from the enemy. The artifact is destroyed in the fight for possession of it, and the humans om World is warned that the planet is in danger of becoming radioactive.

The world building is welldone, and the aliens believably alien. The story contains a well executed genesis story. ( )
  amberwitch | Nov 18, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 076534341X, Mass Market Paperback)

Earth is an environmental disaster area when humanity gains new hope: a star gate is discovered in the solar system, built by a long-gone alien race. Earth establishes extrasolar colonies and discovers alien races--including the warlike Fallers, the only spacefaring race besides humans. Mysterious, uncommunicative, and relentlessly bent on humanity's extinction, the Fallers have mastered the star gates, and are closing in on earth.

Dr. Bazargan commands the scientific team sent to a newly discovered world to study its humanoid natives: beings who literally perceive only one reality. To lie is to be unreal--and condemned to death. The humans must flee for their lives across the unknown planet when they and the aliens learn the scientific mission is a lie. It's the cover for a secret military exploration of the moon Tas, which is another artifact of the gate-makers: a superweapon capable of annihilating all life in a star system, and already known to the Fallers.

Nancy Kress has won the Hugo, the Sturgeon, and three Nebula Awards. She is justly acclaimed as a literary SF writer, but receives little acknowledgement that her work is hard SF. Probability Moon should change this, winning her many new readers while pleasing her fans. It's a rare and desirable hybrid: a literary, military, hard-SF novel. Set in the same world as her Nebula- and Sturgeon-winning novelette, "Flowers of Aulit Prison," Probability Moon is the first book of a trilogy, but it has a self-contained story line. The sequel, Probability Sun, will appear in 2001, and the concluding book will be The Fabric of Space. --Cynthia Ward

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A scientific research team must tread a delicate path between truth and lies. When the knowledge of a secret military mission involving one of the world's seven moons becomes public information, the scientists find themselves trapped on a planet suddenly turned hostile.… (more)

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