Vast

Book cover for Vast by Linda Nagata

Book 3 of The Nanotech Succession
by Linda Nagata
$5.99 (Novel) ISBN 978-0-9831100-3-3

In pursuit of vengeance across time and space…

Aboard Null Boundary, a giant starship thousands of years old, four survivors of an ancient alien war are making a desperate journey: Lot, son of a fiery prophet and carrier of an insidious virus that spreads a cult-like religious mania among those it infects; Urban, Lot’s boyhood friend from the city of Silk, and a man in search of challenge and adventure; Clemantine, cast adrift when her world was destroyed and yearning for revenge; and Nikko, sometimes a living man, but always, the ship’s disembodied mind.

They are bound into unknown territory. Ahead of them loom vast, lightless clouds of dust and gas where stars are born, and where the alien Chenzeme are believed to live. The Chenzeme are an enigmatic race, whose automated warships have ravaged the living worlds of the galaxy’s Orion arm for millions of years… but why? Null Boundary’s crew is driven to find out — though in their quest to discover the source of the Chenzeme, they must also explore the terrible truth of their own past, the meaning of revenge, and the price each one of them is willing to pay for survival.

The Nanotech Succession is a collection of stand-alone novels exploring the rise of nanotechnology. “Vast” is the culmination of the strange and fascinating future that follows.

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REVIEWS:

“VAST lives up to its name–big, important, yet written to a human scale so the perspectives of science emerge all the more strongly. Among hard sf writers, Linda Nagata is a pearl, able to render her complex landscapes in moving, quick-paced stories that linger in the mind.”

–Gregory Benford

“…one of the most enjoyable SF books I’ve read in the last 12 years…I can safely say that it is one of the very novels that has literally haunted my dreams, in that the book exerted such a powerful hold on my waking imagination that come nighttime I found my sleeping brain racing ahead with the story. It’s awesome!”

–Alastair Reynolds

“…Nagata’s vision broadens our sense of who we are and what we might one day become as few others have done before her. Recommended.”

–Tom Easton, Analog

“VAST blends solid reasoning, lyrical prose, and an almost mythic suite of characters to form one of the most satisfying sf novels of the decade.”

–Wil McCarthy

Also see:
The Bohr Maker – book 1 of The Nanotech Succession
Deception Well – book 2 of The Nanotech Succession
And don’t miss the prequel, Tech-Heaven

Or, get all four novels in one with The Nanotech Succession Omnibus Edition