Thread: The Technician
February 18th, 2010, 04:56 AM #1
Twenty years after the fall of the Theocracy, a religious policeman, Jeremiah Tombs, the only living survivor of a hooder attack, has escaped his sanatorium. The scorpion drone Amistad lets him run, for though Polity technology could cure him, the AIs are reluctant to meddle since it was the near mythical Technician that attacked him, and it did something to his mind that even they don’t understand.
The amphidapt Chanter pursues the Technician in his mudmarine, trying to understand the grotesque sculptures of bones the creature makes with its victim’s remains, trying to understand its art. He is recruited by Amistad, along with ex-rebel Commander Lief Grant, and a lethal black AI everyone thought was dead.
Tombs could possess information about the racial suicide of the Atheter, but his self-destructive madness needs to be cured by confrontation with the reality about him, a reality in which the religion-hating Tidy Squad wants him dead. And meanwhile, in deep space, the mechanism the Atheter used to reduce themselves to animals, stirs from slumber and begins to power-up its weapons.
Last edited by nealasher; February 18th, 2010 at 05:00 AM.
February 18th, 2010, 04:59 AM #2
February 20th, 2010, 10:22 PM #3
- Join Date
- Mar 2007
Nice, sounds intriguing. Hooders are one of the many small building blocks that make the Polity universe come alive.
February 21st, 2010, 02:35 PM #4
February 22nd, 2010, 08:28 AM #5
- Join Date
- Mar 2007
So very true, and that is what contributes to the -if you can use the term this way- realism of the setting. Or maybe real-world grounding is a better description.
In life here on earth many gruesome things happen every day, of course most involve insects and the like but still. The viciousness of the wildlife (natural or otherwise) in the Polity books reflects nicely this completely natural behaviour.
February 22nd, 2010, 10:35 AM #6
Glad to read that from you. The times I've read people talking about overly vicious life forms in The Skinner and wondered to myself, have these people ever seen Attenborough's Blue Planet?
June 30th, 2010, 01:00 AM #7
I've not seen this in the library yet.
Is it new? I realise I could look it up on the net but hey..... why not ask the author?
Looking forward to anything new in the NA catalogue.
November 4th, 2010, 04:26 AM #8
Chuffalump, judging by your posting the book either wouldn't have been out, or was not out long at that point.
December 5th, 2010, 06:25 AM #9
Yeah. I forgot that an author is probably a busy man. Especially if he is also doing up a house in Greece.
April 14th, 2011, 12:35 PM #10
Bought it. Read it. Enjoyed it.
Just ordered Gridlinked too. Already read it but anything I can re-read is worth owning.
July 17th, 2011, 11:28 AM #11
I do have a question about The Technician which may be classed as a spoiler so don't read any further unless I manage to work out the text change thingy.
Spoiler:At one point one of the characters in is a converted church talking to the Planetary AI about Amistad. The AI talks about Amistad planning to upgrade himself as if it's common knowledge. The character also reacts as if this is common knowledge.
I read the book for the second time a month ago and on both occasions this has caught me completely by surprise. Can anyone tell me where this is first mentioned? Have I missed the information each time or is there some kind of continuity error? I do speed read, especially on a book I've read before, so it's entirely possible I've missed something.
November 16th, 2011, 11:23 AM #12
Maybe a continuity error. I'll have to do a search on the file.
December 7th, 2012, 09:52 AM #13
January 6th, 2013, 07:46 AM #14
- Join Date
- Jan 2013
Wow, this was the book that started it all for me. Read it, then read everything before it and then read it again.
Brilliant Neal, brilliant.
Thankyou and cant wait for part 3 of the Owner trilogy.
February 17th, 2013, 10:09 AM #15