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A Star Curiously Singing

A Star Curiously Singing
By Kerry Nietz

Sandfly is a debugger. He is property, bought and paid for in an Earth under sharia law. All faiths but one have been banned. And the rule of the great Imam is supreme. As a debugger, Sandfly has an implant in his head that connects him to the world’s technology—and doles out mental shocks to keep him obedient. All he wants is to fix bots and avoid shocks Now he’s been called into Earth orbit. The masters have a new spacecraft—one capable of interstellar flight. On its maiden voyage, the only robot on board went mad and tore itself apart. Why? Better question: does it pose any risk to humans? When Sandfly reviews the bot’s final moments, he perceives something unexpected. Something impossible. As Sandfly pieces together the clues, a trap spreads beneath his feet. If he solves the mystery, he may doom himself. And if he fixes the robot, he may shatter his world. Suspenseful, unique, and awash in cyberpunk jive, A Star Curiously Singing presents a bleak future that might be closer than we think.

About the Author
Kerry Nietz is an award-winning science fiction author. He has over a half dozen speculative novels in print, along with a novella, a couple short stories, and a non-fiction book, FoxTales.

Among his writings, Kerry’s most talked about is the genre-bending Amish Vampires in Space. AViS was mentioned on the Tonight Show and in the Washington Post, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly. Newsweek called it “a welcome departure from the typical Amish fare.”

The title alone made me curious. Get it? (ahem) Anyway….

Entertaining read. It took me a bit at the beginning to get used to it, merely because of the new setting/world building. But by the time the main character reaches the space station, I’m completely in. It really was an interesting setting, a dark dystopian with debuggers that have implants allowing them immediate access to information/technology, which could make them extremely powerful. Except that they are controlled, and any illegal thoughts that surface in their minds are met with punishment. It’s an interesting idea and the writing is well done. Plus, space exploration with a signal that changes everything. This is an epic SciFi tale. Also, I’m not usually a fan of first person narration, but this time it went unnoticed for the most part. I’m curious how the trilogy will continue and end.

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This entry was posted on May 13, 2021 by in Dystopian, Reviews, science fiction.
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