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  • Book Title: Stealing Light
  • ISBN 13: 9780330445962
  • ISBN 10: 0330445960
  • Author: Gary Gibson
  • Category: Fiction
  • Category (general): Fiction
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Format & Number of pages: 603 pages, book
  • Synopsis: For a quarter of a million years, an alien race has been hiding a vast and terrible secret In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration ...

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(2007) Gary Gibson, Tor UK, �10.99, trdpbk, 489pp, ISBN 978-1-405-0-9189-3

This is Gibson's third novel, though it is the one being billed as his 'breakout book' -- I am not sure what that actually means; it is always seemed to me to mean 'this is the one we can be bothered to put our publicity machine behind so that it actually has a chance of selling', but maybe I am just being cynical? Anyway. Over half a millennium from now an alien race called the Shoal have (at least in our galaxy) a monopoly on faster-than-light travel. I am giving nothing away (not least because the info is on the back cover blurb and in the third chapter of the book) when I say that there is more than a strong possibility that the Shoal stole this technology from another alien race at least 160,000 years ago and, furthermore, that they committed genocide in order to do so (which information is not known to the human race in the book, nor is it widely known among the Shoal themselves). All client races within the galaxy, humans included, are therefore dependent on the Shoal for exploration and the maintenance of contact with their colonies, not to mention interstellar trade. The humans are run by the Consortium, though there are offshoot factions on colony worlds of their own, often religiously motivated groups such as the Freeholders and the Uchidans. The Shoal grant the colony licenses, but these agreements have a clause which allow the Shoal to move any client race from a colony within 20 years of its establishment. They almost never invoke this clause, but relatively recently (from the perspective of the 'present' of this book) they moved a bunch of Uchidans to a Freehold world which, of course, then went to war with each other. Dakota Merrick is a Consortium pilot and a veteran of this war; she is also guilty of a war crime massacre, along with her fellow 'machine heads', when her implants were subverted by the Uchidans which resulted in a slaughter of innocent refugee Freeholders. Now, years after this incident, Merrick is hired by Freeholders to be taken to a world where they have discovered a ship, not of Shoal origin, that seems capable of FTL travel. Can it belong to the lost race of 'Magi' from the Magellanic Clouds, and what caused the closely grouped set of supernovas in the clouds 160,000 years ago.

OK, good point first: this is a very well-written book that draws the reader along at the proverbial cracking pace; good characters, good aliens and, for the most part, good plot. Which leads us to the bad point: given the above rough outline, do you really not know why those suns went nova? In which case, read the book and let it come as a surprise to you. If you do know, read the book anyway, there are still some things I have not mentioned which -- while they are not terribly original in and of themselves -- at least add further depth and interest to the novel. The ending seems a bit rushed -- a failing of Gibson's previous offerings -- but there is enough space opera-esque gosh-wow here to satisfy those whose tastes run that way. Call it a guarded recommendation, if you must but, hey, at least it is a recommendation.

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Stealing Light

For a quarter of a million years, an alien race has been hiding a vast and terrible secret In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration throughout the galaxy. Mankind has operated within their influence for two centuries, establishing a dozen human colony worlds scattered along Shoal trade routes. Dakota Merrick, while serving as a military pilot, has witnessed atrocities for which this alien race is responsible. Now piloting a civilian cargo ship, she is currently ferrying an exploration team to a star system containing a derelict starship. From its wreckage, her passengers hope to salvage a functioning FTL drive of mysteriously non-Shoal origin. But the Shoal are not yet ready to relinquish their monopoly over a technology they acquired through ancient genocide. Biographies Gary Gibson, who has worked as a graphic designer and magazine editor in his home town of Glasgow, began writing at the age of fourteen. His first published novel was Angel Stations (2004), followed by Against Gravity (2005).

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Stealing Light

In the 25th century, only the Schindleria possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), thus exerting an economic stranglehold on all interstellar travel. For a century and a half, mankind has operated within their influence, till now there are at least a dozen human colony worlds scattered along Schindlerian trade routes.

Sonja Merrick, while serving as a military pilot, has witnessed atrocities for which this alien race is responsible. Now piloting a civilian cargo ship, she is currently ferrying an exploration team to a star system containing a derelict starship. From its wreckage, her passengers hope to salvage a functioning FTL drive of mysteriously non-Schindlerian origin. But the Schindleria are not yet ready to relinquish their monopoly of a technology they acquired through ancient genocide.

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  • Steal This Book

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    "Steal This Book " is a book written by Abbie Hoffman in 1970 and published in 1971.

    Advice on dissidence

    The book includes advice on such topics as growing marijuana. starting a pirate radio station, living in a commune. stealing food, shoplifting. stealing credit cards. preparing a legal defense. making pipe bomb s, and obtaining a free buffalo from the U.S. Department of the Interior. It discusses various tactics of fighting as well as giving a detailed list of affordable and easy ways to find weapons and armor that can be used in the event of a confrontation with law enforcement. The book advocates rebelling against authority in all forms, governmental and corporate.

    In the book, Hoffman referred to the American Empire as the "Pig Empire", saying that it was not immoral to steal from the "Pig Empire"; in fact, Hoffman wrote, it was immoral "not" to do so. [cite book | last = Raskin | first = Jonah | title = For the Hell of It | publisher = University of California Press | location = Berkeley | year = 1996 | isbn = 0520213793 ] The term was picked up by the Yippie crowd, and was widely used by what became known as the " Woodstock Nation ." [cite book | last = Harris | first = Randy | title = The Linguistics Wars | publisher = Oxford University Press | location = Oxford Oxfordshire | year = 1993 | isbn = 019509834X ]

    The book's reflexive title is a classic example of Yippie culture jamming. Many bookstores refused to carry the book, because some patrons followed the advice of the book's title. [Cite book | last = Brate | first = Adam | title = Technomanifestos | chapter = 8 | publisher = Texere | month = June | year = 2002 | isbn = 1587991039 | url = http://books.google.com/books?id=sCQOAAAACAAJ ] It is very hard to find in libraries for that same reason.

    As the book ages, the specific information it contains has become largely obsolete, but the book captures the yippie zeitgeist.

    On the success of the book, Hoffman was quoted as saying, "It's embarrassing when you try to overthrow the government and you wind up on the Best Seller's List." Hoffman would not respond to accusations that he had plagiarized the book, as published in a detailed article in " Rolling Stone " magazine (No. 92, 10 September 1971 ), entitled "How Abbie Hoffman Won My Heart and Stole "Steal This Book"." [Cite news | title = An Amerika Dream: A True Yippie's Sentimental Education or How Abbie Hoffman Won My Heart and Stole 'Steal This Book.' | last = Haber | first = Izak | publisher = Rolling Stone | date = 1971-09-30 | pages = 32 - 33 ]

    As of 2006, the composition of a Wiki-based version of this work for a new generation was started. The project has been named [http://www.stealthiswiki.org/ "Steal This Wiki" ]. An alpha version of the final product was compiled and released on July 4. 2007 .

    References in popular culture

    Mona Simpson, hippie mother of Homer Simpson. is seen reading "Steal This Book" in an episode of " The Simpsons ". In addition, "Steal This Book" is one of the banned books seen during a discussion in Bart Simpson 's classroom in the "Simpsons" episode " The PTA Disbands ".

    Both The Coup and System of a Down released CDs titled " Steal this Album " in reference to this book. The band The Suicide Machines released a record called "Steal This Record". The band The Explosion has also created an EP simply called "Steal This" in response to attempts to sue.

    The League of Noble Peers made a series of documentary films about pirating and sharing movies called " Steal This Film ".

    The website for the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons has a series of articles called "Steal this Hook!" A footnote explains that Hoffman's book has nothing to do with Dungeons & Dragons, but that they stole the title anyway.

    Zippo has also released a brushed-chrome lighter with "Steal This Lighter" engraved on the case.

    In episode 205 "That Was Then, This Is Dumb" of the animated television show " Daria ", Jake Morgendorffer talks to himself in a mirror, saying "Once you could fit all your worldly possessions into a backpack. Pair of jeans, a few T-shirts, a copy of "Steal This Book"."

    In the late 1990s, Steal This Radio, a pirate radio station, operated at 88.7 FM in the Lower East Side of New York City. The station shut down in 1998. Cite news | title = No Static at All? | last = Kolker | first = Robert | date = 1999-02-22 | publisher = New York Magazine | url = http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/media/features/1203/ ] Cite web | title = Steal This Radio | publisher = MediaFilter.org | url = http://mediafilter.org/MFF/S38/S38.STR.html ]

    John Mendenhall compiled two collections of copyright-free clip art titled " Scan This Book " (1991) and "Scan This Book Two" (1996).

    In 2000, Robert Greenwald directed a film based on Abbie Hoffman's life titled " Steal This Movie ", starring Vincent D'Onofrio as Hoffman.

    In 2004, Sean Curtis published the book "Steal This Book Too! An Historical and Philosophical Scrutiny of Humankind".

    In 2005, Harlan Kilstein published "Steal This Book. Million Dollar Sales Letters You Can Legally Steal to Suck in Cash Like a Vacuum on Steroids".

    In 2007, the Ben and Jerry's ice cream company sent out a book of coupons called "Eat This Book."

    Wallace Wang has published books named "Steal This Computer Book" (currently in its fourth edition) [http://www.amazon.com/dp/1593271050 ] and "Steal This Filesharing Book". [http://www.amazon.com/dp/159327050X ]

    In episode 22 of the situation comedy " Seinfeld " entitled "The Library", a monologue from "Bookman" the Library Cop, played by Phillip Baker Hall. details his earlier career and makes mention of Hoffman's prose. "Yeah, '71. That was my first year on the job. Bad year for libraries. Bad year for America. Hippies burning library cards, Abbie Hoffman telling everybody to steal books." [ [http://www.seinfeldscripts.com/TheLibrary.htm Seinfeld Lists - The Library ] ]

    "Steal This Book "

    * Written by Abbie Hoffman
    * "Co-conspirator": Izack Haber
    * "Accessories after the fact": Tom Forcade and Bert Cohen
    * Published by Pirate Editions (New York)
    * Distributed by Grove Press
    * Year of publication: 1971
    * 308 pages +xii, illustrations, bibliography [ [http://catnyp.nypl.org CATNYP: New York Public Library online catalog ] ]

    25th anniversary edition - ISBN 1-56858-053-3

    * [http://www.eriswerks.org/steal.html Steal This Book ]
    * [http://tenant.net/Community/steal/steal.html Authorized online location ]
    * [http://www.skipwilliamson.com/ originally Illustrated by Skip Williamson ]
    * [http://wiki.stealthiswiki.org/wiki/Main_Page ]

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    Stealing Light (The Shoal Sequence, #1) by Gary Gibson

    Stealing Light (The Shoal Sequence, #1)

    For a quarter of a million years, an alien race has been hiding a vast and terrible secret

    In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration throughoutMore For a quarter of a million years, an alien race has been hiding a vast and terrible secret

    In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration throughout the galaxy. Mankind has operated within their influence for two centuries, establishing a dozen human colony worlds scattered along Shoal trade routes. Dakota Merrick, while serving as a military pilot, has witnessed atrocities for which this alien race is responsible. Now piloting a civilian cargo ship, she is currently ferrying an exploration team to a star system containing a derelict starship. From its wreckage, her passengers hope to salvage a functioning FTL drive of mysteriously non-Shoal origin. But the Shoal are not yet ready to relinquish their monopoly over a technology they acquired through ancient genocide. Less

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    over 3 years ago

    I am glad to see the likes of Neal Asher writing a review for this novel here on Goodreads. In fact, if you've enjoyed Asher's Space Opera novels, you'll probably enjoy this too. I certainly did.

    I am a sucker for stories that feature derelicts, alien or otherwise. I usual. Read full review

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    over 3 years ago

    Heinlein was a nutter.

    Iain Banks is the best.

    That's what I learned from this book.

    Trouble is, I already knew Heinlein was crazy and Banks single handedly saved hard SF from extinction.

    The main problem I had with this book is that it kept making me think about other SF aut. Read full review

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    over 4 years ago

    And yet another one! I enjoyed Gary Gibson’s other books, Angel Stations and Against Gravity, so was looking forward to this. I wasn’t disappointed. It’s big meaty space opera combining many of the elements I enjoy. It’s dark, wide-screen, concerns survival-of-civilizatio. Read full review

    Jacob Proffitt rated it did not like it

    almost 2 years ago

    For me to enjoy a book, I find it helpful to have a reason to care for at least some of the characters in it. I failed to do so with this book, after about a quarter of the way through. All the characters I think we're supposed to care about are pawns in a degraded societ. Read full review

    Jason rated it really liked it

    almost 3 years ago

    I was already a fan of Gary Gibson before I picked up this novel as I have read a few of his newer releases. Stealing Light plays to all of my science fiction fantasies. This is a space opera with deep roots in the cyberpunk genre that makes me giddy. I would def. Read full review

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    about 3 years ago


    pg 152/603: Pretty easy read. Will take about 11 hrs. Seems more like a 300 page book.

    pg 484/603: Finishing it up. I had stopped a while in the middle. The last 200 pages are picking up. There's a high body count.

    pg 537/603: Almost done. It's really only an hour's reading. Read full review

    Mark rated it really liked it

    almost 3 years ago

    Here’s the setup. It is the 25th century. Humans have spread out across the galaxy by using faster-than-light technology from their only alien contact to date, an aquatic species named the Shoal, first met in the twenty-second century. The Shoal have generously donated th. Read full review

    Mark Zieg rated it liked it

    about 6 years ago

    Recommends it for: fans of Brin, Vinge, Herbert

    Recommended to Mark by: saw it on a shelf. bought it for the jacket :-)

    This was a pretty good beach-read sci-fi, but (at least the first volume) falls short of being a classic. Take Ghost in the Shell 's Motoko Kusanagi (or a female Case, for you Neuromancer fans) and drop her in the midst of a fast-moving interstellar intrigue along the line. Read full review

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    Fans of Jack McDevitt would probably like this book. McDevitt writes cerebral sci-fi (more suspenseful, thought-provoking, and scientific-minded than the regular action-packed sci-fi) and if you are of this audience, you would definitely like this book. I state this becau. Read full review

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    This is a strange read from beginning to end. The plot was either frustratingly obvious, with the characters piecing it together like a drunk attempting a jigsaw puzzle, or just confusing, with random leaps of logic. There were some great ideas in there, original and soli. Read full review

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    The best-selling Stealing the Network series reaches its climactic conclusion as law enforcement and organized crime form a high-tech web in an attempt to bring down the shadowy hacker-villain known as Knuth in the most technically sophisticated Stealing book yet.

    Stealing the Network: How to Own a Shadow is the final book in Syngress' ground breaking, best-selling, Stealing the Network series. As with previous title, How to Own a Shadow is a fictional story that demonstrates accurate, highly detailed scenarios of computer intrusions and counter-strikes. In How to Own a Thief, Knuth, the master-mind, shadowy figure from previous books, is tracked across the world and the Web by cyber adversaries with skill to match his own. Readers will be amazed at how Knuth, Law Enforcement, and Organized crime twist and torque everything from game stations, printers and fax machines to service provider class switches and routers steal, deceive, and obfuscate. From physical security to open source information gathering, Stealing the Network: How to Own a Shadow will entertain and educate the reader on every page. The book's companion Web site will also provide special, behind-the-scenes details and hacks for the reader to join in the chase for Knuth.

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