Natural History: A Novel by Justina Robson

Natural History: A Novel

byJustina Robson

Kobo ebook | December 28, 2004

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A daring and original new novel from one of sci fi’s most provocative voices, Natural History is a stunning work of bold ideas, unforgettable characters, and epic adventure as one woman seeks to explore what may be the greatest mystery of all....

Half-human, half-machine, Voyager Isol was as beautiful as a coiled scorpion–and just as dangerous. Her claim that she’d found a distant but habitable earthlike planet was welcome news to the rest of the Forged. But it could mean the end of what was left of the humanity who’d created and once enslaved them.

It was on behalf of the “unevolved” humans that Professor Zephyr Duquesne, cultural archaeologist and historian of Earth’s lost worlds, was chosen by the Gaiasol military authority to uncover the truth about this second “earth.” And her voyage, traveling inside the body of Isol, will take her to the center of a storm exploding across a spectrum of space and time, dimension and consciousness.

On an abandoned planet, in a wrinkle of time, Isol and Zephyr will find a gift and a curse: a power so vast that once unlocked, it will change the universe forever. With civil war looming, Zephyr’s perilous journey will lead her to a past where one civilization mysteriously vanished...and another may soon follow.

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Title:Natural History: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 28, 2004Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553901184

ISBN - 13:9780553901184

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engages the mind Voyager Lonestar Isol was made to explore space. She is a « Forged », born in a vat and never possessing a body before she was given one designed for this task. Injured by a field of debris, Isol is dying. But there just happens to be something close-by, something that turns out to be exactly what she needs: an engine that can get her home in the blink of an eye. She's also found an abandonned planet that once supported life but is now empty. Archeologist Zephy Duquesne, an Unevolved human, is sent to investigate the planet. But Isol has already set her plan to claim it for the Forged in motion and while conflict is brewing between the Forged independance movement and the Gaiasol government, questions arise concerning the « Stuff » Isol's new engine is made off and it's starting to look like Isol discoveries might have been too good to be true. Natural History is a well-written, original novel with a rich political background where Robson explores the questions of freedom, identity and individuality.
Date published: 2008-03-28