The Executives control Oichis senses, her voice, her life. Until the day they kill her.An executive clan gives the order to shoot Oichi out of an airlock on suspicion of being an insurgent. A sentient AI, a Medusa unit, rescues Oichi and begins to teach her the truththe Executives are not who they think they are. Oichi, officially dead and now bonded to the Medusa unit, sees a chance to make a better life for everyone on board.As she sets things right one assassination at a time, Oichi becomes the very insurgent the Executives feared, and in the process uncovers the shocking truth behind the generation starship that is their home....
|Title||:||Medusa Uploaded (The Medusa Cycle #1)|
|Number of Pages||:||317 pages|
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Medusa Uploaded (The Medusa Cycle #1) Reviews
This one rang all my chimes. If you like real SF, with some character development, High Concepts out the Wazoo, cuddly AI's (well, murderous too) -- plus, exploding spaceships! -- Medusa's the book for you. Really, put this one on your list. Very, very impressive -- and a whole lot of fun, once it gets rolling.
I was a bit worried it would be too bloody-minded for my taste. NOT, tho the body-count gets pretty appalling, as do the Bad Guys. Here's Annalee Newitz's accurate blurb:
"Fascinating court ...more
Two colony ships a century into and half way through their journey. They're escaping something, they're not entirely sure what or where they're actually from. Our intrigue begins with a girl who isn't accepted into technical school and is then given a tool her parents had been saving. The Executives care about little than prestige and power, Ship Operations are most absent, and the worms are there to live and serve. All of that is about to change.
4.5 stars! This was a great surprise. There are flaws but nothing that takes away from the unpeeling of layers and twists. The main character wasn’t unreliable but we see the generation ship through her eyes and, like in real life, when new information is revealed perspective shifts.
I read this over several weeks. It’s not that long and I wanted to just sit and read but life didn’t allow that free time. I think it would be a good reread one day.
I really wish I had enjoyed this more, but I had too many issues with it. For starters, the time-jumps were terribly confusing, and maybe it’s a personal thing, but I disliked all the foreshadowing in this and the way Oichi (the main character) would address the reader directly and say something like,
“Don’t ya love it? Happy ending. We beat the bad guys. Okay, they blew themselves up, but still. We can’t be blamed for thinking we had won a victory.
But we should have known it wasn’t going to be t ...more
Oichi Angelis is a Worm. A serial killer. Subversive. Smart.
I read Emily Devenport's The Servant in Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 107, before reading this, and I was a little surprised by how much of the short story is in this novel. "Medusa Uploaded" has so much more on the ship's culture of Executives and Servants, and the politicking amongst the Executive families and how they resolve some of their differences. There is a high body count in this book, thanks to both the Executive families and ...more
One of the best science fiction books I read for some time. The story takes place on a generation ship (the Olympia), told by one of the members of its lowest cast, the worms who are controlled by the Executives quite literally through implants in their bodies and do all the maintenance and service work. Our hero Oichi actually comes from another generation ship (the Titania), that was on the same course but then blown up for unknown reasons, killing Oichi’s family and all her friends.
Really intriguing universe setting by this author, with great characters and an interesting plot. The author leaves a number of fairly loose ends (not surprised to see this is a #1 of series book) but the book at least ends reasonably, not like a lot of series books. I thought the book suffered a little from a few too many killings (although by current standards is not terribly violent) and the plot got pretty murky about 2/3 of the way through. However, I absolutely loved the way the author inc ...more
(Disclaimer: I received this free book as a gift. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
I don't feel clever enough to review this book. Medusa Uploaded is brimming with wealth, with promise, and with technology. There's so much to unpack, so many levels on which it stands above all. I'm not saying it's the one book to rule them all, but it has this quiet intelligence. Despite it being a heavily science based science fiction, there's this fantastical whimsical nature to it ...more