Book Review: Edges by Linda Nagata (five stars)

Edges // Linda Nagata

Book Review: Edges (Inverted Frontier #1) by Linda Nagata

(five stars)

“You still don’t trust me, do you?” “In the madness of these hours I don’t trust myself.”

Written proof that hard science fiction can be engaging. While Nagata posits many advances in bio-electronics and -mechanics, she sticks to physics as we know it: no faster-than-light travel, artificial gravity by centrifugal force (with the concomitant side effects), and no replicators or transporters. IGWS, no light sabers. The only planets fit for colonization are sterile. (Think about it.)

“She arose, staggering a little against the unaccustomed angular force of the rotating deck. A poor simulation of gravity.”

Nagata draws the reader into a story which started elsewhere (in the Nanotech Succession series) but fills in the blanks only as and when necessary. Excellent character and ensemble building, if a little obvious.

“Time flowed in one direction only, life did not grant do-overs, and it was his nature to reject any suggestion of melancholy. A useless emotion. Better to arm up. Be ready. Be stronger, faster, smarter. Right now he was vulnerable.”

Not everyone you meet in space is your instant friend. If they pose as benevolent, be suspicious. The strangest and most deadly encounters may be with the most innocuous beings.

“You’ve always ruled your personal kingdom. So what’s different this time?” “I’m different.” “Different how?” “I’ve lost people. I don’t like the way it feels. Friends and lovers, gone forever. And you want me to take on more people?”

Thought-provoking, enjoyable read. Satisfying conclusion with something of a cliffhanger to the next installment, Silver. Moral issues? Oh, yeah. (Nice, relevant cover art)

“Survival excused many behaviors that would otherwise be criminal.”

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Edges by Linda Nagata (five stars)

  1. While I love fantasy, I’m not much interested in sci-fi with a few exceptions. I think it’s when the two are mixed I can sometimes become engaged. Thank you.

  2. The first imperative is survival. As a species, we’re doing that.

    You can’t even have meaning without it.

    This one appeals to me, as a physicist – especially the part about sticking to known physics BUT not explaining unless necessary. Fantasy I don’t care for – it’s too twee, impossible, escapist. Unless VERY well written. Thanks!

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