Need help IDing a sci-fi novel about the building of an interstellar transport network, a mean ship AI, and first contact with an unknowable alien intelligence
April 13, 2011 6:19 PM Subscribe
Can you help me identify this SF novel? Female protagonist is employed overseeing the construction of a transportation network into deep space. She has to deal with the ship's AI who is trying to turn her son (also a crew member) against her. They run into a very strange intelligent creature and try to figure out how to keep from destroying it with their gateway network, while also carefully monitoring the amount of time that she spends outside of suspended animation.
posted by penduluum to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Yeah, another book ID question. The science is pretty hard, there are lots of twists, and I'm finding it impossible to Google. Most of the relevant details I can remember are above (couple others: all the other crew members have died, including her mate; a lot is made of the fact that she's on a mission that Earth might have outgrown hundreds of thousands of their years ago), but I know I've read it recently and I thought it had been recommended somewhere on Metafilter (that's where I get most of my book recs, anyway). It reminded me a lot of Blindsight, the Peter Watts novel, but it's not that and I've never read any of his other books. I liked it a lot. Any help appreciated.