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CBRIII Maneuver #23 – Excession

Target: Iain M. Banks’ Excession

Profile: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Expanded Continuity.

Summary: From the back of the book, “Diplomat Byr Genar-Hofoen has been selected by the Culture to undertake a delicate and dangerous mission.  The Department of Special Circumstances–the Culture’s espionage and dirty tricks section – has sent him off to investigate a 2,500-year-old mystery: the sudden disappearance of a star fifty times older than the universe itself.  But in seeking the secret of the lost sun, Byr risks losing himself.  There is only one way to break the silence of millennia: steel the soul of the long-dead starship captain who first encountered the star, and convince her to be reborn.  And in accepting this mission, Byr will be swept into a vast conspiracy that could lead the universe into an age of peace… or to the brink of annihilation.” Read the rest of this entry

CBRIII Maneuver #20 – The Temporal Void

Target: Peter F. Hamilton’s The Temporal Void

Profile: Speculative Fiction, Sci-Fi, Space Opera

Summary: From the back of the book, “Long ago, the astrophysicist Inigo began dreaming scenes from the life of the remarkable Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy.  Inigo’s inspirational dreams, shared by hundreds of millions throughout the galaxy gave, birth to a religion: Living Dream.  But when the appearance of a Second Dreamer seems to trigger the expansion of the Void – which is devouring everything it its path – the Intersolar Commonwealth is thrown into turmoil.

With time running out, the fate of humanity hinges on a handful of people: Araminta, now awakening to the unwelcome fact that she is the mysterious Second Dreamer; Inigo, whose private dreams hint at a darker truth; and Justine, whose desperate gamble places her within the Void, where the godlike Skylords hold the power to save the universe… or destroy it.” Read the rest of this entry

CBRIII Maneuver #16 – The Dreaming Void

Target: Peter F. Hamilton’s The Dreaming Void

Profile: Speculative Fiction, Sci-Fi, Space Opera

Summary: From the back of the book, “The year is 3589.  At the very heart of the galaxy is the Void, a self-contained microuniverse that cannot be stopped as it expands in all directions, consuming everything in its path.  Even the oldest and most technologically advanced of the galaxy’s sentient races, the Raiel, do not know its origin or its purpose.  Then Inigo, an astrophysicist, begins having vivid dreams.  Inside the Void, Inigo sees paradise.  Thanks to the gaiafield, a neural entanglement wired into most humans, those dreams are shared by hundreds of millions – and a religion, the Living Dream, is born, with Inigo as its prophet.  But then he vanishes.  A new wave of dreams broadcast by an unknown Second Dreamer serves as the impetus for a massive Pilgrimage into the void which could trigger an accelerated devourment phase that will swallow up thousands of worlds.  Thus begins a desperate race to find Inigo and avert catastrophe.”

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CBRIII Maneuver #9 – House of Suns

Target: Alastair Reynolds’ House of Suns

Profile: Hard Science Fiction, Space Opera

Summary: From the back of the book, “Six million years ago, at the dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones, which she called shatterlings.  She sent them out into the galaxy to observe and document the rise and fall of countless human empires.  Since then, they gather every two hundred thousand years to exchange news and memories of their travels.  Only there is no thirty-second reunion.  Someone is eliminating the Gentian Line.  And now Campion and Purslane – two shatterlings who have fallen in love and shared experiences in a way forbidden to them – must determine exactly who, or what, their enemy is, before they are wiped out of existence…”

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