Chasing Cold by Stephen Graham KingChasing Cold by Stephen Graham King

Chasing Cold

byStephen Graham King

Paperback | April 16, 2012

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Title:Chasing ColdFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:April 16, 2012Publisher:Hadley Rille BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story Having known this author all his life and read everything he has had published, I never cease to be amazed by what happens when he 'puts pen to paper'. Chasing Cold' is much more introspective than his other works. It's not the rollicking space adventure of Soul's Blood but more of a study into the human need to venture into the unknown balanced against the fear of what we'll find. For me the best part was Rogan's voyage and assimilation into the small, tight knit family/crew of the Brazen Strumpet and the new worlds they encountered on their voyage. At some point I would like to read more of Rogan's adventures on the Spearhead.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Space Opera at its Finest Having read Stephen Graham King's wonderful short fiction before (in NORTH OF INFINITY II, where his "Pas de deux" was the gem of the collection), I knew when I opened CHASING COLD that I was about to delve into a story which delighted in characters both deep and intricately tangled - and I wasn't let down in the slightest. At its heart, CHASING COLD's story is a journey. Humanity as been left with nothing but the worst worlds after the Flense arrived and forced humanity to leave the lush and fertile planets behind over a century ago. Rogan Tyso is one of the descendents of these survivors, living on a frozen planet (the aptly named Frostbite) and working to keep his colony connected to the others through messages received along their network. When an opportunity presents itself for him to leave - and potentially make a real, humanity-altering change - Rogan boards one of the few ships still flying and leaves his home, his family, and everything he has ever known for this possible future. That a handsome and intriguing man also awaits on the other end of the trip doesn't hurt, but even in this there is the tremble in Rogan's thoughts - "What if?" looms throughout the story; what if this is the wrong decision? What if Rogan himself isn't up to the challenge? What if the whole thing turns out to be a mistake? The core (and strength) of the story is in this decision. Journeying with Rogan, the complexity of King's character unfolds as he struggles to keep up with whole worlds that are new to him, and his interactions with the ship's crew are a joy to read (one of the best cast of characters I've read in a space opera styled book in a long time). King also delivers a wonderful "after the fall" spread of cultures that we glimpse through Rogan's eyes, from Frostbite itself (where people think nothing of piling into bed together for communal warmth and comfort) to the harsher realities of too many people crammed into too small a space. There's a verisimilitude here that was carefully crafted. Make no mistake, the journey is the destination - but I will say that the ultimate destination itself doesn't disappoint. It's been a long time since I enjoyed a piece of space opera science fiction this much.
Date published: 2015-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very entertaining Stephen Graham King's Chasing Cold is based on the premise that a force, known only as the Flense, has taken over all the worlds in the galaxy hospitable to life. The Flense's brutally enforced leave-or-be-killed policy has driven the tattered remnants of humanity to take refuge on next-to-impossible planets that the conquerors have rejected as uninhabitable. The novel follows Rogan Tyso, a young, gay, communications expert, as he visits some of these outposts on his way to join a group working to over throw, or at least escape, the Flense. Chasing Cold is a compelling, well-written story told with considerable verve and wit. I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Space Opera at its Best Having read Stephen Graham King's wonderful short fiction before (in NORTH OF INFINITY II, where his "Pas de deux" was the gem of the collection), I knew when I opened CHASING COLD that I was about to delve into a story which delighted in characters both deep and intricately tangled - and I wasn't let down in the slightest. At its heart, CHASING COLD's story is a journey. Humanity as been left with nothing but the worst worlds after the Flense arrived and forced humanity to leave the lush and fertile planets behind over a century ago. Rogan Tyso is one of the descendents of these survivors, living on a frozen planet (the aptly named Frostbite) and working to keep his colony connected to the others through messages received along their network. When an opportunity presents itself for him to leave - and potentially make a real, humanity-altering change - Rogan boards one of the few ships still flying and leaves his home, his family, and everything he has ever known for this possible future. That a handsome and intriguing man also awaits on the other end of the trip doesn't hurt, but even in this there is the tremble in Rogan's thoughts - "What if?" looms throughout the story; what if this is the wrong decision? What if Rogan himself isn't up to the challenge? What if the whole thing turns out to be a mistake? The core (and strength) of the story is in this decision. Journeying with Rogan, the complexity of King's character unfolds as he struggles to keep up with whole worlds that are new to him, and his interactions with the ship's crew are a joy to read (one of the best cast of characters I've read in a space opera styled book in a long time). King also delivers a wonderful "after the fall" spread of cultures that we glimpse through Rogan's eyes, from Frostbite itself (where people think nothing of piling into bed together for communal warmth and comfort) to the harsher realities of too many people crammed into too small a space. There's a verisimilitude here that was carefully crafted. Make no mistake, the journey is the destination - but I will say that the ultimate destination itself doesn't disappoint. It's been a long time since I enjoyed a piece of space opera science fiction this much.
Date published: 2012-07-28