First, a book I bought while on a trip to the coast. Things like this often interest me.
The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet [Whitecap Publishing, 2014, new] non-fiction. Following her husband’s death in 1926, Blanchet embarked on annual summer cruises along the British Columbia coast with her five children. This 1961 book documents these travels.
I seem to be picking up more science fiction than mystery lately, a trilogy by Timothy Zahn at the end of March and now these.
The Shoal Sequence:
Stealing Light by Gary Gibson [published 2007, Tor 2013 paperback, purchased new] Nova War by Gary Gibson [published 2009, Tor edition 2013 paperback, purchased new] Empire of Light by Gary Gibson [published 2010, Tor edition 2013 paperback, purchased new]
Description: The 26th Century. Humanity has gained access to the stars thanks to the Shoal, the only race in the Galaxy to have developed a transluminal drive. Humanity leases space on the great Shoal coreships as they make a circuit of inhabited systems in the Orion Spiral Arm. The Shoal guard the secrets of FTL jealously and even murderously, so when a human colony discovers an ancient alien derelict in the Nova Arctis system, apparently with a still-functional FTL drive, the colonists make the decision to secretly extract and replicate the drive for themselves.
However, the alien ship is guarded by ancient software protocols and defense systems that ordinary humans cannot overcome. To this end, Dakota Merrick (a ‘machine-head’ with illegal brain implants) and Lucas Corso (an expert in computer language) are drafted in to help with the retrieval operation. Needless to say, the operation does not go as planned, for both the Shoal and their enemies are one step ahead of the game..
There is a fourth book, published last year, Marauder, which I will buy if I like these first three.