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Karl Schroeder

Author of Sun of Suns

49+ Works 3,768 Members 146 Reviews 16 Favorited

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Works by Karl Schroeder

Sun of Suns (2007) 803 copies
Ventus (2001) — Author — 505 copies
Lady of Mazes (2005) 479 copies
Permanence (2002) 365 copies
Queen of Candesce (2007) 326 copies
Lockstep (2014) 267 copies
Pirate Sun (2008) 255 copies
The Sunless Countries (2009) 170 copies
The Million (2018) 79 copies
Stealing Worlds (2019) 78 copies
The Engine of Recall (2005) 64 copies
Virga: Cities of the Air (2008) 57 copies
Laika's Ghost (2011) 11 copies

Associated Works

Metatropolis (2008) — Contributor — 579 copies
Engineering Infinity (2011) — Contributor — 354 copies
The Hard SF Renaissance (2003) — Contributor — 346 copies
Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future (2014) — Contributor — 241 copies
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (2013) — Contributor — 184 copies
Year's Best SF 14 (2009) — Contributor — 171 copies
The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction: Volume 2 (2008) — Contributor — 142 copies
Reach for Infinity (2014) — Contributor — 139 copies
Eclipse 2: New Science Fiction and Fantasy (2008) — Contributor — 135 copies
Year's Best SF 16 (2011) — Contributor — 128 copies
Year's Best SF 17 (2012) — Contributor — 128 copies
Horrors! 365 Scary Stories (Anthology) (1998) — Contributor — 125 copies
Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-Away Galaxies (2017) — Contributor — 73 copies
Fast Forward 2 (2008) — Contributor — 67 copies
METAtropolis: Cascadia (2010) — Contributor — 57 copies
Christmas Magic (1994) — Contributor — 55 copies
Tesseracts 3 (2002) — Contributor — 52 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 100 (January 2015) (2015) — Contributor — 38 copies
Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World (2017) — Contributor — 35 copies
Tesseracts 4 (2002) — Contributor — 31 copies
The Touch (2000) — Contributor — 29 copies
Distant Early Warnings (2009) — Contributor — 27 copies
Make Shift: Dispatches from the Post-Pandemic Future (2021) — Contributor — 25 copies
METAtropolis: Green Space (2013) — Contributor — 21 copies
On Spec: The First Five Years (2002) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 7 (2023) — Contributor — 20 copies
Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond (2015) — Contributor — 19 copies
Tesseracts 5 (2002) — Contributor — 18 copies
Tesseracts 7: New Canadian Speculative Writing (1998) — Contributor — 15 copies
Tesseracts 8: New Canadian Speculative Writing (2003) — Contributor — 14 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 50 • July 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 10 copies
Overview: Stories in the Stratosphere (2017) — Contributor — 5 copies
Forever Magazine Issue 2 (2015) — Contributor — 3 copies
FenCon IX — Contributor — 1 copy

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The setting for QoC is not quite as jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring as [b:Sun of Suns|77887|Sun of Suns (Virga, #1)|Karl Schroeder|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312030230s/77887.jpg|75218], in that this story takes place almost entirely on a world-cylinder within Virga. (If none of that makes sense to you, then do yourself a favor and read Sun of Suns.) But on the other hand, the deeper character building in this sequel makes it quite satisfying in a way that its predecessor did not. So I can confidently recommend both of them, and I look forward to reading the next in the series: [b:Pirate Sun|2321054|Pirate Sun (Virga, #3)|Karl Schroeder|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312036297s/2321054.jpg|2327576].… (more)
 
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Treebeard_404 | 15 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Overall, I have enjoyed the Virga series so far. But that said, I'm not much of a series-oriented reader; there are few that I follow to completion. While The Sunless Countries was good and provided more technical/scientific detail behind the "balloon world" of Virga, I think I've exhausted my interest in this universe.
 
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Treebeard_404 | 9 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
I actually read this some years ago. As I recall, it wasn't really my cup of tea.
 
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Treebeard_404 | 13 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Chaison Fanning, the principal character in this part of the series, is a much more sympathetic figure than his wife, Venera, who was the focus of the previous book. Consequently, I enjoyed this episode more than the 2nd book. And it was good to catch glimpses of what Artificial Nature means outside the planet-sized balloon Virga. If this seems like damning with faint praise, that is unintentional. Both of these books are good, solid reads. But neither has the impact of the first in the series, [b:Sun of Suns|77887|Sun of Suns (Virga, #1)|Karl Schroeder|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1312030230s/77887.jpg|75218], simply because the first book introduced the jaw-dropping engineering ideas that establish the setting for all that follows. (Much like the way the [b:Ringworld|61179|Ringworld|Larry Niven|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348622769s/61179.jpg|924711] sequels are good enough tales, but don't stick in one's mind the way the first book does.]… (more)
 
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