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Involution Ocean by Bruce Sterling
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Involution Ocean (edition 1988)

by Bruce Sterling

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In this far-future reimagination of Moby-Dick, a desperate addict on a bleak and arid planet joins the crew of a whaling vessel to hunt the source of the drug he craves The powerful narcotic syncophine, commonly known as Flare, comes from only one source: the oil of the gargantuan whale-like beasts that swim the dust sea of Nullaqua. It was John Newhouse's addiction to the substance that made him a dealer and forced him to move to this airless, inhospitable planet But when the all-powerful galactic Confederacy declares Flare illegal, the needs of Newhouse and his clientele leave the desperate off-worlder no choice but to sign on as an able seaman aboard a dustwhaler and hunt the giant creatures himself. Joining a crew of junkies and misfits, including a mad captain with his own dark and secret agenda and a bewitching, batlike alien woman who is pained by human touch, Newhouse sets out across the silica ocean at the bottom of a seventy-mile-deep crater in search of release and redemption . . . and sails toward a fateful confrontation between man and beast that could lead to catastrophe. Bruce Sterling's debut novel is a remarkable feat of world building-imaginative, provocative, and smart, featuring an unforgettable cast of colorful characters. If Herman Melville's Moby-Dick unfolded on Frank Herbert's Dune, the result might be something akin to Sterling's extraordinary Involution Ocean.… (more)
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Title:Involution Ocean
Authors:Bruce Sterling
Info:Legend paperbacks (1988), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 176 pages
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  ngunity | Nov 23, 2014 |
Involution Ocean draws inspiration from Moby Dick in it's setting on a whaling ship and in it's themes of obsession ,albeit the ocean is made up of dust and full of alien life forms. I found this book to be well written with great world building and interesting characters the main problem being the length. ( )
  Brent_McDougal | Aug 21, 2012 |
I was looking forward to reading this but when the time came I found it disappointing! ( )
  sf_addict | Apr 10, 2010 |
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