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Noumenon

(2017)
(The first book in the Noumenon series)
A novel by

 
 
A Publishers Weekly "Best Books of 2017" pick!

A Kirkus Reviews "Best Books of 2017" pick!

A B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasty Blog "Best SFF of 2017" pick!

With nods to Arthur C. Clarke's Rama series and the real science of Neal Stephenson's Seveneves, a touch of Hugh Howey's Wool, and echoes of Octavia Butler's voice, a powerful tale of space travel, adventure, discovery, and humanity that unfolds through a series of generational vignettes.

In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth's solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go?

Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has an idea. He's discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics, and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon, or something manufactured.

The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind's greatest ambition - to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy - is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships (designated Convoy Seven) changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie's mysterious star and explore its origins - and implications.

A mosaic novel of discovery, Noumenon - in a series of vignettes - examines the dedication, adventure, growth, and fear of having your entire world consist of nine ships in the vacuum of space. The men and women, and even the AI, must learn to work and live together in harmony, as their original DNA is continuously replicated and they are born again and again into a thousand new lives. With the stars their home and the unknown their destination, they are on a voyage of many lifetimes - an odyssey to understand what lies beyond the limits of human knowledge and imagination.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"NOUMENON is a grand interstellar quest that marries intimate detail with the sweep of social change and discovery across generations. I was enthralled." - Yoon Ha Lee


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Hardback Editions

July 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Noumenon (Noumenon 1)
Author(s): Marina J Lostetter
ISBN: 0-00-822335-1 / 978-0-00-822335-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Noumenon (Noumenon 1)
Author(s): Marina J Lostetter
ISBN: 0-00-822339-4 / 978-0-00-822339-7 (UK edition)
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August 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Noumenon
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ISBN: 0-06-249784-7 / 978-0-06-249784-0 (USA edition)
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July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Noumenon
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Title: Noumenon
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Title: Noumenon
Author(s): Marina J Lostetter
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU