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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Science Fiction / High Tech
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Crystal Silence
  • Series Number:2
  • Pages:356
  • eBook ISBN:9784902075526

Crystal Silence

by Shingo Fujisaki

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Overview
It is 2071, and Mars is being slowly terraformed by many nations often cooperating in an uneasy truce that reflects tensions back on Earth. The water of the polar ice cap, the most important resource for all the Mars colonies, is jointly controlled by the US, China, Japan and Russia, and doled out to the second-tier colonizing groups (Europe, Canada, Australia, India) only grudgingly. A military build-up is under way as different groups jockey for control of this all-important resource, and then the bodies of what appear to be intelligent aliens are found under the Martian ice. Saya Askai is dispatched from Earth in realtime, separating herself from the virtual reality network that encompasses civilization, to investigate... and finds herself in a battleground of cyborgs, virtual reality plagues, and Schwarzchild traps that she may only be able to navigate through safely with the help of people who probably don't exist...
Description
It is 2071, and Mars is being slowly terraformed by many nations often cooperating in an uneasy truce that reflects tensions back on Earth. The water of the polar ice cap, the most important resource for all the Mars colonies, is jointly controlled by the US, China, Japan and Russia, and doled out to the second-tier colonizing groups (Europe, Canada, Australia, India) only grudgingly. A military build-up is under way as different groups jockey for control of this all-important resource, and then the bodies of what appear to be intelligent aliens are found under the Martian ice. Saya Askai is dispatched from Earth in realtime, separating herself from the virtual reality network that encompasses civilization, to investigate... and finds herself in a battleground of cyborgs, virtual reality plagues, and Schwarzchild traps that she may only be able to navigate through safely with the help of people who probably don't exist... A brilliant work that deftly weaves cyberspace, artificial intelligence, colonies on Mars, aliens, nanotech and more into a science fiction experience.
About the author
Fujisaki Shingo was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1962, and currently lives in Saitama prefecture with his wife, son and one Russian tortoise. Received an MS in Marine-Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland College Park. While working as a science magazine editor, reporter and video producer, he took up writing, publishing Crystal Silence (his debut work) through Asahi Sonorama in 1999. Crystal Silence was acclaimed by the Japanese SF community, earning the Best SF Novel of 1999 designation in the annual Hawakawa's SF Magazine ratings. He is currently a freelance author working on fiction novels, and a variety of science articles and other non-fiction works.
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