Saturday, December 18, 2010

Book Review: Pink Noise, by Leonid Korogodski

Pink Noise: A Posthuman Tale, by Leonid Korogodski

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Silverberry Press (August 29, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0984360824
Rating (1 to 5 *): *****

Pink Noise Book Review
Nathi is dead. He gave up his body five centuries ago to live as a posthuman, his mind and memories transferred into digital form. He is one of the best brain surgeons of the day, and he is tasked with healing a comatose girl. She seems near impossible to save, and he melds his mind with hers to delve into her memories and see what is wrong from the inside.
In the process of trying to revive her, Nathi has an awakening of his own about his servitude. In the young girl's mind, he finds much more than he ever expected and soon finds himself teamed up with  her to survive an attempt to escape their confinement while battle rages in the skies above.
Leonid Korogodski's Pink Noise  is an exciting and imaginative voyage far into the future, showing us where our future very well may go many hundreds of years from now. A hard core science fiction, this book is not for the faint of heart or casual reader--there is some disturbing violence, although limited, and the language is heavily laden with physics and science terms that sometimes makes it hard to follow for those who are not used to it. However, the story comes through loud and clear, along with the message it contains.
The edition I was given for review is a particularly beautiful and well-designed hardback with glossy, thought-provoking illustrations by Borislav Varadinov, a finalist in the AntiMotion: FUTR WRLD digital art contest. At the end of the story are pages and pages of fascinating notes on the science behind the story, as well as the colophon describing the various fonts used. While the book is short, it is a good read and will look beautiful on your shelf for years to come.
 Be sure to come back over the next two days for an interview with Leonid Korogodski and a guest post from him!

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