Reads: Schild’s Ladder

Some 20,000 years in the future, an experiment gone wrong has set loose a vacuum that has been consuming the galaxy at the half the speed of light for hundreds of years.

The scientific community travelling the edge of the “novo-vacuum” have split into 2 camps – one seeks to understand it and another to destroy it before it consumes the rest of the universe. Things come to a head when they realise the vacuum is not as empty as it seems to be.

More impenetrable science from Greg Egan (previously reviewed here) , but less engaging this time, unfortunately. Still, I always get a kick out of the Roddenberry-esque quality of Egan’s worlds, so it wasn’t all that bad.

Schild’s Ladder
(ISBN No: 006107344X) Check NLB Catalogue for item availability.

My next book will be Iron Council by China Miéville

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2 Responses to “Reads: Schild’s Ladder”


  1. 1 David Schleicher January 8, 2007 at 1:23

    The concept of the book sounds like a great head trip, however it sounds like this might be chock fool of that techno garble, quasi-scientific mumbo jumbo that bogs down speculative fiction far too much these days.

  2. 2 billy January 8, 2007 at 7:05

    I’m not the best judge of what is or isn’t quasi-science, but the language sounds fairly authentic. Does bog the story down a little when it goes over my head though.


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