A Closed and Common Orbit

United States
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Description (in English)

The second novel in the Wayfarers series, which is set in a future where humans have long since left Earth and are members of the Galactic Commons with other sentient species. This novel tells two parallel stories, one about a child who escapes a brutal regime and is then brought up by a spaceship AI, and the second about a different ship AI, Sidra, who is given a "body kit" by the child who has now grown up. Sidra thus inhabits a synthetic "human" body, but finds the transition from inhabiting a spaceship to a body kit to be very difficult. The novel explores identity, relationships and materiality in fascinating ways, with Sidra's experience of human vision being the topic most clearly relevant to machine vision.

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