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Award winning author Michael Swanwick brings us a deeply engrossing and thought provoking novel about human civilizatio. A very beautifully written and imagined novel full of magic and menace mystery and madnessThe plot although it does mostly come together in the end is secondary to the experiential and visual aspects of book If you re unable to follow everything that s going on or visualize some of the scenes and items he s describing don t sweat it

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Stations of the Tide

N on the brink of extinction This astonishing Stations of MOBI #224 future take on Shakespeare's The Tempest depicts a. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy LiteratureIt s the Jubilee Year on the planet Miranda Every 200 years the planet floods and humans must leave until Miranda s continents are reborn Miranda used to be the home of an indigenous species of shapeshifters who during Jubilee would return to their auatic forms until the waters receded but it seems that humans have killed them offGregorian who lives on Miranda but was educated off planet by a rich and distant father now styles himself a magician and is telling the citizens of Miranda that he can transform them into sea creatures so they can stay on the planet He has stolen a piece of proscribed technology from Earth and our protagonist who we know only as the bureaucrat has been sent to find out what Gregorian has up his sleeve The bureaucrat must track down Gregorian before the Jubilee tides flood the planet During his uest he learns about the exotic planet s history meets several strange residents does a lot of hallucinating has a lot of sex worries about his job back home and gets hooked on a local soap opera The middle of the book bogs down in a haze of drugs and sex which feels slightly self indulgent but Swanwick manages to make it fit the plot In the end it s not just Miranda that changesStations of the Tide which has been compared to Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness is often surreal and confusing but this seems to fit the dark exotic planet The setting was my favorite part of the story Miranda is both beautiful and frightening I especially loved the Grandfather Tree which has many trunks descending from its huge branches and houses a caf and a shipwreckThen there s the technology the bureaucrat has a walking talking briefcase and can split his consciousness into surrogate electronic forms that can run errands for him He s very surprised to find that the Mirandans had even higher forms of technology until they were made illegal by the bureaucrat s agency The Mirandans resent thisSome readers are likely to be put off by the nameless bureaucrat because he s somewhat flat and emotionless for much of the novel but Oliver Wyman the narrator of Audible Frontier s version made him feel like a real person rather than a nameless entity I liked Wyman s interpretation of the bureaucrat s epigrammatic business like style His aloofness made it all the moving when he rarely but suddenly was overwhelmed with emotionThis is the second novel by Michael Swanwick that I ve tried I didn t at all like the first one The Iron Dragon s Daughter but I liked Stations of the Tide even though it had some of the same issues Both novels are original and inventive with exotic settings but the plot of Stations of the Tide was at least comprehensible most of the time It reminded me most of Robert Silverberg s fantasy especially his novel Downward to the EarthStations of the Tide was originally published in two parts in Isaac Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine in 1990 but was published as a book in 1991 It won the Nebula Award for best novel that year and was also nominated for the Hugo Award the Campbell Award and the Arthur C Clarke Award Try Stations of the Tide if you like lushly exotic alien settings and don t mind feeling like you ve taken the same hallucinogens that the protagonist took

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World doomed by encroaching water and the extraordinary lengths to which its people will go to ensure their survival pp. A man known only as the bureaucrat searches for an elusive wizard on a planet plagued by catastrophic tides In this universe a vague domineering organization housed in a labyrinthine structure known as the Puzzle Palace regulates access to technology among planets When a society is deemed to have been irresponsible its technology is revoked and its development stage is regressed Puzzle Palace staff utilize surrogates to travel safely in zones where their presence may not be welcome or to simply allow themselves to multi task There is a strong undercurrent of classism running through the novel coupled with an overarching critiue of bureaucracy and autocratic control Mystery and the supernatural mingle together in this uniue work that has made me think twice about the value of a good briefcase


10 thoughts on “Stations of the Tide

  1. says:

    This was some kind of amazing The main character who was never referred to as anything but Bureaucrat was hardly my definition of a b

  2. says:

    Stations of the Tide by Michael Swanwick is the story of an unnamed Bureaucrat and the urgent investigation he’s tasked with The planet he lives on Miranda is subject to major tidal flooding every 200 years and with the tide due to arrive in a week’s time on what’s called Jubilee Day it’s imperative that he locate and appr

  3. says:

    A very beautifully written and imagined novel full of magic and menace mystery and madnessThe plot although it does mostly come together in the end is secondary to the experiential and visual aspects of book If you

  4. says:

    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy LiteratureIt’s the Jubilee Year on the planet Miranda Every 200 years the planet floods and humans must leave until Miranda’s continents are reborn Miranda used to be the home of an indigenous species of shapeshifters who during Jubilee would return to their auatic forms until the waters receded but it seems that humans have killed them offGregorian who lives on Miranda but was educated off planet by a ri

  5. says:

    Despite the sci fi suit this book sometimes wears this is a full on plunge into surrealism A story of shape changing clones virtual reality a decaying dying planet a pastiche of Shakespeare's The Tempest and other things told in explo

  6. says:

    Actual rating 25 starsWhat an odd little novel Not my usual fare at all and I wouldn’t have picked it up or persevered if it wasn’t on my project reading list and if it wasn’t so short I can see where many people would find it interesting and intriguing I merely found it all confusing so it’s not my cuppa teaThe main charac

  7. says:

    This is one of the books that I described as good beginning tedious but necessary middle part good endingIt has interesting ideas planetary romance and conflict between Miranda people needs and rule of forbidden technology share to name two of

  8. says:

    A man known only as 'the bureaucrat' searches for an elusive wizard on a planet plagued by catastrophic tides In this universe a vague domineering organization housed in a labyrinthine structure known as the Puzzle Palace regulates access to technology among planets When a society is deemed to have been irresponsible its technology

  9. says:

    What a long winding complicated road one must travel to come to the end of this journey At worst it was very conf

  10. says:

    I got halfway through just didn't care if I read another page or not I'm not sure if the writing wasn't up to snuff or it was the plot maybe it was the characters I think it was I didn't like the hero much there wasn't a single supporting character that was than a caricature The hero was a self absorbed bureaucrat There were also some sex th

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