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For Katie Kishida, the nanotechnology revolution begins with an act of love. Katie is a young mother with a successful career and a loving marriage, when her perfect life is shattered by the sudden death of her husband, Tom. Putting her faith in a science that hasn't been invented yet, Katie has Tom's body placed in cryonic suspension-frozen in liquid nitrogen against a tiFor Katie Kishida, the nanotechnology revolution begins with an act of love. Katie is a young mother with a successful career and a loving marriage, when her perfect life is shattered by the sudden death of her husband, Tom. Putting her faith in a science that hasn't been invented yet, Katie has Tom's body placed in cryonic suspension-frozen in liquid nitrogen against a time when advances in nanotechnology might heal his injuries and restore his life. Katie never suspects the consequences that will follow. Tom's death and his costly entombment spark immediate political controversy. It's a debate that only grows more passionate as the years go by. Katie's life is taken over by the need to defend her husband's future and to shepherd into existence the controversial technologies that might let him live again . . . even as she's haunted by the question: Does Tom really want to come back? Tech-Heaven is a compelling story of devotion and unyielding determination set amid the tumultuous politics of our time, in a world that is teetering on the cusp of a technological revolution like no other in history.Enjoy all four books of the Nanotech Succession, a collection of stand-alone novels exploring the rise of nanotechnology and the strange and fascinating future that follows-beginning tomorrow and reaching far into time....

Title : Tech-Heaven
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ISBN : 9781937197018
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 388 Pages
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Tech-Heaven Reviews

  • David
    2018-11-13 00:21

    I guess it deserves somewhat more than 3 stars. The depiction of potential social divisions & crises resulting from growing population / use of natural resources / pollution may not be right on target, but it's the kind of attempted extrapolation that's important to SF. Yet, that part of the book didn't satisfy me, perhaps for no reason other than my psyche.The first chapter (Katie age 64) is compelling. The second chapter (age 34) has Tom's "death", family controversy, the cryogenic idea, etc. Then there's more than half the book getting us back to the events of chapter one. I felt chapter one was kind of a come on to get you to stick around for a stretched-out age 34 to 64. It became disappointing in comparison to the first 2 chapters. It picked up later on, but after my enthusiasm had been dampened.

  • John
    2018-11-16 04:10

    Nagata discusses some interesting ideas about what the potential societal effects of cryopreservation and nanotechnology. She even brings in some religious overtones about what it would mean to be frozen and then thawed. What happens to your soul, are you really dead? For all that, the story was a bit flat and the characters POVs weren't always consistent.

  • Username
    2018-10-28 21:25

    This book was too long, I think it would have worked better as a novella, without all the building up that takes the reader back to the moment in the first pages. A few flashbacks could have filled in the gaps. One of the major problems was how cold andunlikeable was Katie the protagonist. Meh!

  • Peter
    2018-10-25 03:35

    After her husband dies suddenly, Katie Kishida has him frozen and starts a long journey trying to advocate against the growing public sentiment against cryogenics and other potential life-extension technologies, and supporting those technologies that will be needed to eventually bring him back... the start of nanotechnology.I really like Linda Nagata in general. Sometimes it can get a little out there with esoteric ideas, but her near future stuff is usually pretty solidly enjoyable.I guess everyone's got a bad book in them, though.Maybe 'bad' is a bit harsh, although I do legitimately feel some of this is lacking, but to be fair there's also a lot that hits on my pet peeves and separating the two may be a finger line. However, mostly, reading this book was a chore for me.This book is set in the same universe as several other books, most notably The Bohr Maker (since the other books take place farther in the future and off Earth), a book I really enjoyed and thought was ahead of its time with some of the ideas it explored. Tech-Heaven is a prequel, dealing with the development of some of the technologies and attitudes that underly that book. While I didn't hold that against the book when I started (since some of the technologies were really cool and I was quite interested in the early impacts of them), the book has subsequently become one more piece of evidence in my growing conviction of "Prequels are generally bad ideas, don't do them."Because this only deals with the very very early stages of technology, and mostly, cryonics and a vaguely described set of "cures" to all diseases based on nanotechnology. No significant exploration of the non-medical uses of nanotechnologies (which presumably would have come first anyway). Nothing about the development of the atrium and 'ghosts' which was something I was really hoping to see. It's just about cryogenics and technologies that may cause people to live long periods of time and the moral implications of that (on population growth, pollution, etc), with a tiny bit on space exploration. Which is fine, I guess, and in the 90s when this book was written, cryogenics was pretty a hot topic (reverse-pun intended), but doesn't really excite my imagination. But my main problem is that the book just feels like so much filler around exploring a couple basic ideas. I feel like the book could easily have been a short story or novella. The prime time-waster being the extended "dream-sequences" of Katie's husband while he was frozen, which were both boring and yet somehow simultaneously ridiculous (either it's some real metaphysical statement, in which case the book becomes fantasy, or it's just a dream in which case it's a waste of about half the book).The characters, aside from a core few, seemed practically cartoonish, so wrapped up in their beliefs around the story's central issue that they warp their entire lives, or adopt intensely strong beliefs largely because of minor disagreements. Most particularly in the case of Roxanne who has a bizarre crush on both the frozen husband and (maybe) on the wife as well and winds up spending decades in an anti-technology terrorist group just because she can't get over it. And I'm not sure I quite buy the widespread opposition to cryogenics or healing technologies... like, I can see people buying into aspects of the argument (most particularly that the rich will probably benefit, the poor won't), but I don't see protests in the streets over somebody having their loved one frozen. So, I didn't like the characters, didn't buy into the central conflict, endured a book focused on technologies that don't excite me (while I knew the universe would eventually contain much more interesting ones), and I thought the book was too stuffed with useless filler. Unfortunately I have to give it one star. I still like Nagata as an author (and in particular, I find her character work in recent books has improved a lot) but... well, as I said, plenty of authors have bad books in them, hopefully this was hers.

  • writegeist
    2018-10-22 05:18

    While I'm not a big fan of origin stories (How things got to be the way they are, especially in book or movie series... How many times do I have to see Peter Parker get bitten by a spider, huh? Sorry... Bird walk), Nagata's ability to handle the human and the tech elements without having one overwhelm the other is the biggest reason to read this origin. After reading several of her novels, I am seeing that she is a master of creating a melancholic mood that draws readers into the way that future (or even current) tech affects us as human beings. Science fiction has always been about what makes us human, but Nagata always finds that sweet spot, that one human element that you may not have thought about. I look forward to the rest of this series.

  • Bob Rust
    2018-11-15 02:10

    Tech-Heaven (1995) is a prequel that focuses on a world-wide dispute involving Cryonics and Overpopulation.

  • Tricia
    2018-11-09 05:21

    Less engaging for a sci-fi nerdNagata's writing is good as always, but I missed the fast pace of the worlds she created in the other books in this series.

  • Tomislav
    2018-11-07 03:07

    second read - 14 July 2011I re-read this book because it was selected as the July 2011 hardsf book of the month. After about a year of keeping up with the yahoogroups and goodreads forums, this was my first nomination and after a few months it was selected.Once again, I was struck by the creative, but unlikely, paths that society moves through in the years after Katie decides to have her dieing husband frozen, and by the somewhat off characters that populate this book. The thing is, though, that the ethical arguments that Nagata make do carry some weight, and that's what makes it an interesting read. first read - 5 November 2009n this near-future thriller, as Katie Kishida's husband lies dying, she decides to freeze him cryogenically, against the wishes of the rest of his family. As the years go by, Katie's life and the world itself take a number of drastically and unexpected turns. The development of nanotechnology is central to cryonic restoration, and also the cure to aging - and therefore opposed by the government.Unfortunately, the social trends and political movements created by Nagata seem forced and unrealistic. The character Katie herself is also a little inconsistent, switching between hard-nosed and victimized. But I'm especially confused by the character Roxanne; I have no idea what makes that one tick. It is as if Nagata started from the closing drama she wanted to have, which is in fact thrilling and engaging, and then worked backwards through unlikely events to bring that ending about.I believe Linda Nagata has written better books, unfortunately this one is mediocre.

  • Robert Dormer
    2018-10-21 01:25

    Another re-read of an old favorite. 35 year old me got a lot more out of this than 15 year old me did. Nagata tackles some pretty ambitious and universal themes in this surprisingly literary sci-fi story, using a virtually purpose made vehicle in the form of cryonics. The focus here is a sly treatment of that question we've all asked ourselves, what happens after I'm gone? While we occasionally see intriguing glimpses of another world through the eyes of the deceased husband, the main thrust is the world and the feelings of the family that has to carry on - sort of - without him. It perfectly captures the strange in-between feeling that would result for true believers who had to go on living their lives in the absence of someone who they didn't really consider dead, even though they technically are. And of course, being able to resurrect the dead inevitably raises some pretty pointed questions about our social and environmental fabric - questions which are woven adroitly through out the novel. In my early to mid twenties, well after I'd read this book, I started to become enamored with Daniel Quinn and Derek Jensen, and reading it again now, I'm impressed at how well Nagata managed to pluck what must have been a pretty nascent trend out of the ether. Of course, there's also the inevitable mid 90's fascination with VR that never panned out, but it doesn't detract in the least bit. Contrary to popular belief, a Science Fiction writer's first duty is to write a gripping story, not predict the future. Nagata succeeded admirably there.

  • Brittany
    2018-10-31 05:35

    I really enjoyed reading this book. The idea of cryonics and bioengineering to reverse aging and/or do away with death completely as we colonize Mars is something that I wish would really happen. :) The love angle was interesting, too. Truth be told, I never cared for Gregory. Tom was where it was at for me, trudging along in a semi-conscious state in a mid-purgatory plane of existence while being instructed and led by his "Familiar". What a romantic premise and story, I really enjoyed it a lot. The ending was so well-written, I loved how it was all about Tom and Katie through the years, so incredibly sweet. I'm looking forward to The Bohr Maker next.

  • Mitchell
    2018-10-26 01:15

    Interesting take on cryogenics and to a small extent nanotechnology. So 4 books in I'm willing to say Linda Nagata is a fantastic author who I hope somehow gets her books back in print (rather than buying them directly from her, which is what I did). Anyway, this book isn''t perfect - I found the dream sequences quite irritating. But otherwise interesting ideas and good writing. 4.5 of 5.

  • Cindywho
    2018-11-13 04:35

    A friend recommended me Nagata's SF series - I believe this first one was actually written as a pre-quel. The pacing and science are interesting and thrilling, but the characters and plot are a bit Ayn Randish - flat and overblown - but definitely fun enough to read more... (March 28, 2006)

  • Zlatko Đurić
    2018-11-15 02:36

    Amazing book with great thoughts about the futureLoved the book. Personally the alternate time bits were a bit off and I am not sure how to fit them in, except that it all made sense in the end.

  • Chet
    2018-11-05 03:26

    Did not finish it. Could not get into it.

  • Ryan
    2018-10-19 05:35

    For a book with such a promising opener, we spend far too much time exploring a tired morality tale about cryogenics and the religious right. What the heck was the lesbian freeclimbing about? DNF.