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Published Aug. 8, 2015 by Orbit.


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4 stars (4 reviews)

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One of my very favorite generation ship books

5 stars

Not only does it show the extreme struggle that keeping everything going would entail, it also highlights the uncertainty of what you will find at your destination. I generally find generation ship books extremely frustrating because of the way that seem to magic around a lot of the very basic science necessary to keep the entire thing on the rails past the initial extremely dedicated generation. KSR does a great job imagining the culture necessary to do so.

Proof the Humanities Are Important

4 stars

I had to return this to the library, so I was only able to get 3/4 through the book. However, the 3/4 that I read absolutely deserve a four star rating. The novel is about the lives of the crew of an intergenerational space ship headed for Tau Ceti, as well as the ship itself. The ship is politically organized in what I can only call a system of decentralized technocratic Leninism. There are multiple equally important self-selecting councils that all send delegates to the executive council. Midway through there are some events that really test the crew, and it shows that even though raising scientists is absolutely vital in an environment like the ship, having some people who know about governance and justice might be the difference between life and death.

Review of 'Aurora' on 'GoodReads'

4 stars

A thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking account of a generation ship and its crew, on the way to Tau Ceti. Mostly narrated via the ship itself as it increases its capability and grapples with consciousness, or intelligence, or being - mostly humanity.

Some of the concepts and dangers brought up throughout are akin to KSR's other works, although a generation ship brings about its own unique issues. Zoodevolution seems like such a crazy problem to have to deal with.

I'm torn about the ending. Actually, it seems really laclustre. I want to know about the colony, I don't much care about beaches in this context. Reintegration isn't really explored as much as other themes, so why is an entire section devoted to this? The troubles of star people living at their destination, how that feels: fine. But it felt like this could have had a really decent 'the journey is …

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