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Orram Kabir For a superman Ring had no luck a lovely black mailer found him and pressured him into agreeing to penetrate Kabir's planet wide computer network That wasn't a problem but staying alive after he did it was MOTHER AND CHILD The king of the Neaane saw and desired the Kotaane priestess Etaa and had her brutally taken from he. This book contains two novellas Fireship and Mother and ChildFireship is about a man named Ethan Ring who owes his existence to the two personalities that make him up Michael Yarrow his human self and ETHANAC an intelligent computer He is the blending of the two and he is very different from either of the two entities that make him up He was created experimentally but now he s on the loose on Mars caught up in an international and interplanetary conflict When Ethan wins lots of cash while gambling in a casino thanks to ETHANAC and encounters an alluring woman he thinks he s just enjoying his freedom but soon he comes to find out that he s about to be blackmailed and betrayed and that the folks on Mars know about him than he expectedThis story was less interesting to me than the second one but I enjoyed the idea of Ethan existing as the strengths of two other entities I also thought it was funny that he pretended his computer case was a kidney machine This was written a long time ago so I m guessing the choice to make the computer an actual thing he had to carry around was based on the limited technology at the time Ethan Michael Yarrow and ETHANAC were very distinct voices in the story and I loved how naturally they all interacted in his headMother and Child began with a simple love between two young people in a goddess based culture Hywel was never anything or anyone special and Etaa is gifted with the Second Sight and is a priestess so he s shocked and delighted when she returns his love But when a king kidnaps Etaa and forces her to submit to his motherless patriarchal culture Hywel vows to get her back The king Merton wants Etaa because her supposed Second Sight is actually just a sense of hearing in a predominantly deaf culture and he wants hearing heirs Etaa is disillusioned when some of her beliefs are given practical explanations but what will happen if she actually meets a godThe political clash and interaction with the alien species was less interesting to me than the beginning of the novella I loved the culture Vinge created with the sign language using characters and the way hearing was described as some spooky second sight with a nature unclear to those who couldn t hear I liked that Hywel was nearsighted and so appreciative of his relationship with Etaa and I loved their interaction I felt this story was pretty influential for me as a writer and elements of it inspired and informed one of my short stories though instead of a culture that used sign language I had a mother character who could not speak and had to use gestures they have a goddess based culture too though so do many of my stories That story was my second short story sale and I m pretty sure I never would have written it without some of the seeds from this novella

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Fireship

R husband His joy was great when she gave birth but the child she bore was not his and was fated to be a major piece in an incomprehensible game that spanned the stars and would change the face of his world and its people foreverThese two short novels show the diverse and wondrous talents of one of today s most remarkable new writers. Two short novels in oneThe first fireship is terribly dated and mostly silly but is possibly one of the earliest stories I ve read to depict what it feels like to hack a system as an AI The second Mother and Child is brilliant I won t go into much detail as the joy of the story is in the constant stream of little reveals

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FIRESHIP Ethan Ring was an incredible synthesis of man to be candid not much of one and computer superior to anything ever before de vised Unhappily his talents had made Earth too hot for him to the tune of a half million dollar price on his head and he fled to Mars for seclusion safety and a little fling at the fabulous casino of Kh. Full review Like so many SF fans my first exposure to Joan D Vinge s work was via her wonderful Hugo winning novel The Snow ueen 1980 Eventually I found a copy of her first published novel The Outcasts of Heaven Belt 1978 which had an intriguing


10 thoughts on “Fireship

  1. says:

    I liked Mother and Child than the title story Fireship but both were amazing Fireship was about a man who has a c

  2. says:

    Picked up an old hardcover edition of this one for fifty cents at an estate sale The original slipjacket art is uite something classic seventies watercolor gangsters girls circuit boards And I've read uite a bit of Vinge Joan not Vernor The Snow ueen is a masterwork though the rest of her opus is hit and missFireship is unapologetic pulp and it seemed to recall Cowboy Bebop than anything else It centers on a

  3. says:

    Full review Like so many SF fans my first exposure to Joan D Vinge’s work was via her wonderful Hugo winning

  4. says:

    I love the idea of the novella double I really enjoyed the TiptreeRuss double I read a few months ago This one is different because it has two novellas by the same author both of which had previously appeared in

  5. says:

    This book contains two novellas Fireship and Mother and ChildFireship is about a man named Ethan Ring who owes his existence to the two personalities that make him up Michael Yarrow his human self and ETHANAC an intelligen

  6. says:

    This early book by Vinge is actually a double of two novellasFireship is sort of a proto cyberpunk heist adventure our hero is the first person to have his consciousness linked with a computer He was only an experimental subject but once the computer linked with his brain it achieved sentience became a new amalgamate personality and he was out of there escaping to Mars with the technologyOnce there a radical political group tracks him do

  7. says:

    Two short novels in oneThe first fireship is terribly dated and mostly silly but is possibly one of the earliest stories I'

  8. says:

    I read this short novel once before and I still thought it was good the second time around

  9. says:

    A couple of good short stories novelettes? reminiscent of Kate Wilhelm but with the Vinge's characteristic ambience

  10. says:

    Mother and Child is a fabulously inventive original novella I got very invested in the characters and the world was prett

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