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Der Ring TheI think about it, theI am still enjoying this book I will admit that the title put me off I m beginning to dislike the term singularity as much as I used to dislike the cyberpunk I like my fiction to make sense, and lately whenever someone uses the term singularity it is because they don t have a logical reason for doing what they want to do in their novel I am happy to report that there are no toasters raining from the sky in this novel I believed Melko s world from the TheI think about it, theI am still enjoying this book I will admit that the title put me off I m beginning to dislike the term singularity as much as I used to dislike the cyberpunk I like my fiction to make sense, and lately whenever someone uses the term singularity it is because they don t have a logical reason for doing what they want to do in their novel I am happy to report that there are no toasters raining from the sky in this novel I believed Melko s world from the very beginning, including the strangeness of the multiple person pods As the story progressed, I started asking questions Why Where is this going Am I going to be annoyed The answer to the last question is unequivocally No Through many twists and turns, the novel ends with satifactory answers A great ride through an imaginative future world Why is this novel not winning a bunch of awards I found it reminiscent of Arthur C Clarke s Childhood s End, with the difference that I LIKED this book Apollo Papadopulos is in training to become the captain of the starship Consensus Apollo is unique in that he she it is not an individual at all, but five separate teenagers that form a whole new entity Strom, Meda, Quant, Manuel, Moira are a pod, as these kinds of personalities are called, genetically engineered to work and think as one and to be able to communicate non verbally As a rare quintet, much relies on the successful training of Apollo But, as the pod s training progresses and and potentially lethal accidents occur, the pod members become fugitives on Earth, struggling just to survive An interesting story, great characters, wonderful concept of a very strange future I enjoyed the book but found a few plot holes and other glitches that left me shaking my head All in all, I d recommend this for anyone who likes character driven hard SF with interesting elements of what the future might bring Don t dwell on the details, and don t get worried about the seemingly wandering plot I fun read if you don t take your SF too seriously. When reading the blurbs on the book jacket of Singularity s Ring, I m struck with the recurrent use of the term posthuman and that this book is written of that time I found the characters quite believably human and never thought of the pod Apollo Papadopulos as not being human They it are five genetically engineered is this the posthuman aspect people who have been trained since the cradle to work as one entity sharing thoughts, making decisions, etc Melko, however has presented the When reading the blurbs on the book jacket of Singularity s Ring, I m struck with the recurrent use of the term posthuman and that this book is written of that time I found the characters quite believably human and never thought of the pod Apollo Papadopulos as not being human They it are five genetically engineered is this the posthuman aspect people who have been trained since the cradle to work as one entity sharing thoughts, making decisions, etc Melko, however has presented them most strongly as individuals Strom, Meda, Manuel, Quant and Moira He shows their personal strengths and weaknesses, and their humanity The five very different personalities are what make Apollo Papadopulos unique, even in a culture where pods usually only collectives of 3 or 4 people are the norm.The story, presented almost as an odyssey, was how someone with a narrow, but vastly intellectual focus the AP pod reacts when faced with circumstances and realities from which it had been sheltered The five of AP pod, even while mentally bonded, are continually challenging each other as they are challenged to survive in world that ismultidimensional than they imagined They are living in an era five or six decades after four fifths of humanity died in a cataclysmic disaster of their own making not nuclear weapons or environmental disasters, but an electronic catastrophe affecting the billions who were wired they were wasted simultaneously by a cyber virus those remaining were early pods and singletons those who weren t bred for collective thinking For me, the wired ones who died were posthuman locked into a single mindset by an off world Artificial Intelligence This AI was a human construct, and continues a non intrusive existence in the space Ring which encircles the earth AP pod and others of their pod culture believe that the humans left the Ring for another realm, or to travel space AP pod learns differently as various attempts to destroy it put the members outside their comfort zones they see parts of the world they barely knew existed and learn truths of which they were ignorant Several times, they must function as individuals, without the comfort and collective decision making of the pod They do quite well.So the point of the story A rogue and sociopath human who survived the devastation is attempting to wire up humans and reconstitute the Ring AI It takes human thought to get it to a fully functioning level But since the wired human thought is being driven by only one person who controls their thinking, the future looks grim The Ring has all kinds of devastating weapons which he would use to threaten the whole world to his control Only the AP pod have the ability to stop the megalomaniac from his goal.I m not sure the story works I was interested in the concepts Melko presented he s a very good writer Each adventure of AP pod was rich in action and character development The science of gene engineering was without detail but believable, and so was the space portion of the book The save the world concept showed up late in the book and it seemed Melko was scrambling to get all the whys and wherefores in place Without this aspect of the story, however, I don t know where it would have lead Something was necessary to give AP pod a focus TOR Books published Singularity s Ring, and they tag it a Sci Fi essential book I consider it an intriguing future thought book Clever SF conceit in which groups of people are permanently mentally bonded together especially clever since it s from multiple viewpoints within the same cluster, who consider themselves a single person The actual plot, involving a cryogenic defrostee trying to restart the Singularity and take over the world, is somewhat less compelling, to be honest And some of the paranoia inducing they re trying to get you stuff doesn t really work in hindsight But entertaining overall. The book had an interesting plot and I was really excited about the unusual division of narrator into 5 people Overally well written, however sometimes a particular quick shifts in story made me a little bit confused. Surprisingly good read I did not expect much, and it took a little to get into, but hard to put down once you do. I really wanted to like this book I m a sucker for everything Singularity related But it failed to draw me in By the way maybe it s just me, but by stating the protagonist was a starship pilot to be, the cover blurb lead me to believe that this is a space adventure I was mistaken the book takes place almost entirely on Earth.To quote.com synopsis of the book, Various factions struggle for control of the Ring, a colossal space station built around Earth by engineers who turned mos I really wanted to like this book I m a sucker for everything Singularity related But it failed to draw me in By the way maybe it s just me, but by stating the protagonist was a starship pilot to be, the cover blurb lead me to believe that this is a space adventure I was mistaken the book takes place almost entirely on Earth.To quote.com synopsis of the book, Various factions struggle for control of the Ring, a colossal space station built around Earth by engineers who turned most of humankind into a group mind called the Community, which promptly figured out how to access other realities and vanished from this one The few remaining humans genetically engineer their children to form pods of individuals so closely bonded that they function as one person After stumbling on secret research during a training exercise, the teenage pod called Apollo Papadopulos soon find themselves on the run from shadowy forces who want to seduce or kill them That s a fair description of the plot However, the devil is, as always, in the details.The first few chapters like watching a bored childThe beginning of the story, where the pod wonders around the countryside, undergoes training and occasionally gets into trouble, did not hold my interest There s something about the idea of young, physically perfect, superhuman characters roaming around and feeling vaguely bored, that turns me off To make it worse, some chapters are written in the present and others in the past tense, but that doesn t mean the past tense chapters happened before the present tense ones The timeline of the first few chapters is unclear.For a book about Singularity, the first few chapters are oddly low tech Even though there are offhand mentions of the Community consisting of humans that disappeared in the recent Singularity , the Ring a structure around the Earth where they lived just before they disappeared , the Exodus disappearance of the said Community , and even something called the Rift of which nothingis said , those remarks are so scarce and non specific they don t provide interesting clues as to what exactly this Ring and Community is was and what happened to them Basically, you don t immediately get a picture that there s something interesting going on rather, reading about the teens capers they filled me with ennui similar to that which comes from watching a bored child The bear storyline is disconnected from the rest of the plotThe pace picks up with the accident in the space station Yes, there is a chapter or two that take place in space station, and then it s back to Earth At that point I finally felt things were starting to move along, and the characters were taking charge of their own story Alas, then they go back to Earth, andaimless roaming ensues Well, it s not entirely aimless The pod has a goal of finding a family of genetically engineered bears they suspect of holding clues to certain secrets they ve stumbled upon Ultimately, though, the bear storyline turns out to be nothingthan a digression Yes, the teens get a certain clue that explains some things, but that whole episode and it makes a good third of the book is so dissociated from the rest of the plot that it does not feel like a part of the same story.Interesting concepts not integrated into the plotOverall, there are some interesting concepts there, but they are only revealed at the end, instead of being integrated into the story Reading this book you don t get that satisfaction a reader can get when separate clues add up to the big picture and a realization slowly dawns Maybe this was the aim in this book, but it just didn t happen The most interesting concepts of the book are not woven seamlessly into the plot That s actually a common flaw in many science fiction books It s hard to do it right Well, this is Paul Melko s first novel, so maybe there s still hope This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I think I put this on my to read list because it was referred to somewhere, talking about the idea of having multi unit entities pods Maybe it wasn t from there, but certainly it brings to mind Hofstadter s twin world, where everyone is a double unit, and people made up of only one physical individual are considered weird, incomplete It s all a matter of what s normal So definitely an interesting concept to pursue, touching on all manner of ideas about identity, self, consciousness, blah de I think I put this on my to read list because it was referred to somewhere, talking about the idea of having multi unit entities pods Maybe it wasn t from there, but certainly it brings to mind Hofstadter s twin world, where everyone is a double unit, and people made up of only one physical individual are considered weird, incomplete It s all a matter of what s normal So definitely an interesting concept to pursue, touching on all manner of ideas about identity, self, consciousness, blah de blah.But as the book went on, I found myself not particularly intrigued or impressed Yes, people in this world are pods made up of 2 5 individuals Singletons, individual humans not a part of a pod, are seen as weird and incomplete Yes there s even a larger community, where millions of people are all connecting into one, along with an AI as a backbone These are all potentially very interesting and exciting notions, yet I didn t feel like nearly as much was done with them as could have been We didn t get a lot about the nature of the Ring community there can be deliberate literary reasons for that, but it kind of made the entire thing unsatisfactory I grant that as a stepping ground between our current singleton nature, and a possible future where people merge into pods, it seems relatively workable the existence of pods is still somewhat new, singletons still exist and are not a distant memory, or gone from memory entirely But maybe this is either too early or too late in the timeline of such a change to set the story earlier on when pods are brand brand new might be exciting, to see how they develop, although some amount of that is referred to throughout the book Or later when the existence of singletons is muchexotic or unthinkable and a society of pods has had much longer to develop and stabilize, then we can get into very interesting speculation But it didn t feel so fundamentally different here Maybe because the story treated each member of Apollo individually so it came off as a story about five people Sure, much was said about how they re a pod, certainly there were cool aspects of how they think together, and a few changes in language and behavior around how to interact with and talk to pods But as a large, qualitative change into a structure of identity, society, and humanity into something completely different than what we are now it didn t quite get that far Maybe I just didn t absorb the nuances correctly or deeply enough, but I guess I was left wanting the idea to be taken so much further.I think with that alone, I would have given it 3 stars It s still interesting, nicely written, has enough to go on for a decent science fiction novel Yet, perhaps driven by my disappointment in the extent of the novelty, I started to find myself judgingabout it as kind of stupid The need for a villain in Leto his motivation and pathological tendencies very poorly supported The luck and skill of the protagonists along with the misfortune and poor choice of the villains The repeated prop of the pod being captured, separated into different rooms all in the same building, along the same hallway, and then left minimally guarded so that as soon as one breaks out, it s no problem to get all the others The somehow ad hoc and shallow existence and role of the AIs, the tired old knee jerk reactions of everyone to the terrible fear of becoming a ZOMBIE by being absorbed into the community I suppose there was just a hint at the end of something like the community actually being a positive development, but again, I would have been happier if it had gone farther in this direction I don t need to read science fiction to have my pre existing notions about self and individuality and how horrible it is to be absorbed into a greater whole reinforced I read science fiction to have those notions challenged This one gets 3 stars, but if I could go with another rating system, I d give it 4 or 5 potato chips Yum I ate the whole bag in one siting and enjoyed every bite Of course, afterwards, I groaned with the realization of what I d done But by then the pleasure and the damage were done.First off, Paul Melko has undeniable abilities Foremost is the hook of what happens next But artful use of language is not one of those abilities It was sufficient to task.And the ideas are interesting but of This one gets 3 stars, but if I could go with another rating system, I d give it 4 or 5 potato chips Yum I ate the whole bag in one siting and enjoyed every bite Of course, afterwards, I groaned with the realization of what I d done But by then the pleasure and the damage were done.First off, Paul Melko has undeniable abilities Foremost is the hook of what happens next But artful use of language is not one of those abilities It was sufficient to task.And the ideas are interesting but often don t hold up to thought One such was the reestablishment of the Congo River from a desalination plant at the mouth of the river back into what had become a desert hmmm There is a reason the Congo flows from the interior TO the ocean My main criticism would be the pod vs singleton experience Certainly an author can set up a story any way they like, but the weight of the importance of the pod experience was undermined by the seeming ease with which the pod members cope when separated The other bother was the sexism It was jarring having one of the young women basically throw the pod under the bus to hook up with some hot guy she d just met And then to have an alone podder want to hook up with her rescuer Because sex is of course what she would be missing most, or what she would first think of to use for connection Then there is the nurturing female pod becoming the surrogate mother Too much seemed either plot driven or just picked from the shelf without sufficient thought.On the other hand, look for the bears I kept thinking there wasof a story there that I would have been glad to explore So, yes to Papa, Sleepy and Roam


About the Author: Paul Melko

Paul lives in Ohio with his beautiful wife and four fairly wonderful children He is an active member of the Science Fiction Writers of America, where he sits on the board of directors as the South Central Regional Director and is chair of the Grievance Committee.Paul s fiction has appeared in Asimov s Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Spider Magazine, The Year s Best Science Fiction, and other magazines and anthologies His work has been translated into Spanish, Hungarian, Czech, and Russian A collection of his science fiction stories, TEN SIGMAS AND OTHER UNLIKELIHOODS, is scheduled for release in 2008 Paul s work has been nominated for the Sturgeon, Nebula, and Hugo Awards.SINGULARITY S RING Tor Book, Feb 08 is his first novel, the protagonist of which is actually five humans who can chemically share thoughts, allowing them to act as one entity Strom s story, Strength Alone, part of SINGULARITY S RING made the Nebula preliminary ballot Paul s novella The Walls of the Universe was nominated for the Hugo in 2007 It is the basis for his next novel.


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