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Light from Other Stars av Erika Swyler
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Light from Other Stars (utgåvan 2020)

av Erika Swyler (Författare)

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A Long Island Reads 2020 Selection * A Real Simple Best Book of 2019 From the bestselling author ofThe Book of Speculation, a "tender and ambitious" (Vulture) novel about time, loss, and the wonders of the universe. Eleven-year-old Nedda Papas is obsessed with becoming an astronaut. In 1986 in Easter, a small Florida Space Coast town, her dreams seem almost within reach--if she can just grow up fast enough. Theo, the scientist father she idolizes, is consumed by his own obsessions. Laid off from his job at NASA and still reeling from the loss of Nedda's newborn brother several years before, Theo turns to the dangerous dream of extending his daughter's childhood just a little longer. The result is an invention that alters the fabric of time. Decades later, Nedda has achieved her long-held dream and is traveling aboard the space shipChawla, part of a small group hoping to colonize a distant planet. But as she floats in zero gravity, far from earth, she and her crewmates face a serious crisis. Nedda may hold the key to the solution, if she can come to terms with her past and the future that awaits her. For fans ofThe Age of MiraclesandThe Immortalists, Erika Swyler'sLight from Other Starsis a masterful and ambitious novel about fathers and daughters, women and the forces that hold them back, and the true meaning of progress.… (mer)
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Titel:Light from Other Stars
Författare:Erika Swyler (Författare)
Info:Bloomsbury Publishing (2020), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
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Classified as science fiction, this is really just fiction that relies on science to move the story forward. Not your typical robot and doomed mankind or space war science fiction, but a well executed plot moving a young space-fanatical girl through time to discover herself, her mother, her father, and her childhood best friend. The science can be tough to follow but appropriately so. The language about space and the language of math and science was poetic. ( )
  out-and-about | Sep 12, 2020 |
Read on Staycation at Folly Beach. ( )
  bookczuk | Feb 22, 2020 |
A precocious 11-year-old Nedda Papas is sitting in her classroom when the nearby launched 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle explodes shortly after takeoff. Nedda is eager to grow up to become an astronaut and fears that the explosion might eliminate this possibility. Hoping to extend the time that Nedda's father has with Nedda, Theo is tinkering with Crucible, his recent invention that manipulates time by targeting entropy. Unfortunately, when he is able to make it operational he segregates himself in a time bubble, in which Theo cycles through repetitive births and deaths. Crucible also creates similar oddities throughout the Florida farming community, such as entrapping Nedda's best friend in a similar time bubble.

This coming-of-age novel is both historical-fiction and science fiction. The science-fiction portion interwoven with the remaining material is set decades in the future when Nedda is one of a small group of scientists traveling in a spaceship powered by a Crucible-like device is heading toward another habitable planet, which is to serve as sanctuary for a dying Earth. However, this mission and its crew is endangered unless Nedda can find a solution from her past.

This second novel by the author of The Book of Speculation contains enough science to interest the speculative fiction fans, but what Nedder learns as a child about love and loss is what truly entertains. I thought the historical-fiction aspect of this book, which comprises the bulk of this book, was much more engaging. ( )
  John_Warner | Oct 7, 2019 |
Two stories unfold. In one, Nedda is aboard the Chawla, an interstellar vessel, with three other terraformers headed to a new home, to prepare the way for the thousands that will follow. In the other, Nedda is an eleven year old girl in the town of Easter, Florida, in 1986. In the latter story we gradually learn how it came to be that the Nedda there could also be the Nedda on board the space vessel so many years later. In both stories, Nedda holds our attention and our concern as she faces increasingly difficult technical challenges, which, curiously, have a common cause.

Apart from the science of this fiction, the core story is about familial bonds, aspiration, and grief. Nedda’s family — scientist father, former scientist now conceptual baker mother — are surrounded in a bubble of grief of which Nedda is unaware. It both locks them together and keeps them separate, unable to fully bond. Unwitting bubbles, temporal bubbles in this case, also begin to envelope the town of Easter due to unanticipated effects of an experiment that Nedda’s father is conducting at the local college. The consequences will be both far-reaching and particular. And a very similar unanticipated outcome will threaten the success of Nedda’s interstellar mission.

It’s a challenging mixture, especially holding our interest across the two storylines. But Erika Swyler has succeeded in making Nedda’s story whole. Admirable writing indeed.

Recommended. ( )
  RandyMetcalfe | Jul 26, 2019 |
Sometimes you go into a story with a certain expectation. I approached Light from Other Stars this way. Somewhere I'd gotten the impression that this was novel was going be the mind-bending what-the-hell-just-happened I found in James Renner's The Man from Primrose Lane (if you want your mind blown, read that novel.) Light from Other Stars isn't what I expected, but it's still intriguing, intelligent, and sometimes a little fun.

Light from Other Stars takes place largely in Florida in the days after the space shuttle Challenger explosion. Eleven-year-old Nedda's father is a scientist working on an entropy experiment at the time of the accident. Enter science. Science was never one of my stronger subjects in school, so consider my ignorance when I say that for me this was big-s Science fiction. The narrative occasionally switches to a space craft in the future, but I'll just leave that part a mystery.

Even though Light from Other Stars is heavy on the science, it's also a very effective in showing the human condition. Love, grief, birth, mortality, individuality, and family are all explored in quite some depth. The characters and the plot both show expert craftsmanship, but they probably do get a bit lost in the technical jargon. That said, Swyler is not an author who talks down to her readers. The explanations for the more scientific elements of the story are done in a largely organic way.

The one thing that I think would've made this book stand out more is if the big reveal (don't worry, no spoilers here) had been less obvious earlier in the novel. Now we're dipping into questions of Authorial Intention versus Reader's Interpretation. Perhaps Swyler was not seeking a big reveal. Maybe she wanted it to be obvious from page one. That's a possibility, but she also never comes right out and says it, so it gives the impression that she's trying to hide something. This results in high expectations for what will be a letdown for many.

Light from Other Stars is certainly one of the more imaginative Literary novels I've read in recent times. I would've gladly embraced some more surprise in these pages, but the exploration of time and the human heart made for an excellent journey. ( )
  chrisblocker | May 20, 2019 |
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Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds, -- and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of--wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air...

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or ever eagle flew--

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The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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This book is dedicated to the Hubble Space Telescope, which opened the universe to me. It is also dedicated to the teachers who did not believe a fifth-grade girl could speak knowledgeably about the Hubble Space Telescope. You remain embarrassingly wrong.
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Nedda Papas rose to birdsong, the sharp, rasping call of a dusky seaside sparrow against a backdrop of waves - a reminder of home and things she'd never see again.
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A Long Island Reads 2020 Selection * A Real Simple Best Book of 2019 From the bestselling author ofThe Book of Speculation, a "tender and ambitious" (Vulture) novel about time, loss, and the wonders of the universe. Eleven-year-old Nedda Papas is obsessed with becoming an astronaut. In 1986 in Easter, a small Florida Space Coast town, her dreams seem almost within reach--if she can just grow up fast enough. Theo, the scientist father she idolizes, is consumed by his own obsessions. Laid off from his job at NASA and still reeling from the loss of Nedda's newborn brother several years before, Theo turns to the dangerous dream of extending his daughter's childhood just a little longer. The result is an invention that alters the fabric of time. Decades later, Nedda has achieved her long-held dream and is traveling aboard the space shipChawla, part of a small group hoping to colonize a distant planet. But as she floats in zero gravity, far from earth, she and her crewmates face a serious crisis. Nedda may hold the key to the solution, if she can come to terms with her past and the future that awaits her. For fans ofThe Age of MiraclesandThe Immortalists, Erika Swyler'sLight from Other Starsis a masterful and ambitious novel about fathers and daughters, women and the forces that hold them back, and the true meaning of progress.

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