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Primary Inversion By Catherine Asaro Primary Inversion The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster than light communication But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent a war that can only lead to

  • Title: Primary Inversion
  • Author: Catherine Asaro
  • ISBN: 9780812550238
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • Primary Inversion By Catherine Asaro The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster than light communication But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides Destructive skirmishes have already occurred A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.
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    1. Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali on said:

      At the beginning of the year I decided to actively seek out and read SFF written by women or with women occupying the titular roles As you may imagine, when I first learned about Catherine Asaro , a female author who writes hard SF while reading the Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction, I was excited and impressed and went in immediate search of books written by her Aside from being an author and dancer, Asaro has degrees in chemistry and physics from Harvard I felt immediately assured that [...]

    2. Stephen on said:

      2.5 stars The first book in the Saga of the Skolian Empire I was expecting to like this a lot than I did The basic premise of the series sounded very interesting The Skolian Empire rules a large interstellar empire and is in a constant struggle with a larger rival empire, the Eubian Concord The ruling class of the Eubians are engineered to derive pleasure from the pain of others and the Skolian empaths are their most desired victims Decent world building, decent story, decent book I just didn t [...]

    3. Kelly on said:

      Do you ever read the last page first I do it all the time A number of people give me a certain look when I admit this You know the one you re probably doing it right now But really, I can t say as it s ever ruined a good book for me Ursula LeGuin puts it well It is good to have an end to journey towards but it is the journey that matters in the end Every book is a journey, and when you put ten or books together, the journey just gets longer and longer and you never want it to end.I started read [...]

    4. Lightreads on said:

      Space empire ruled by royal telepaths something opposing empire of evil sexual sadists something soulbond something something boring space battles.I don t object to getting some romance in my scifi or even some scifi in my romance, sometimes It just helps if one or the other is, uh good This is terrible, amateurish scifi full of narcolepsy inducing descriptions of how every stupid little piece of technology works And it s also a cardboard romance where all the actual authorial work and interest [...]

    5. Juliana on said:

      Someone pitched this to me as hard SF meets romance I was intrigued, but ultimately rather disappointed The hard SF bits are rather clunkily described few authors can keep me interested in lengthy descriptions of their technology, particularly if it s an imagined visual telepathic version of cyberspace , and the rest of the plot is pretty standard The only really intriguing concept here is the idea of empaths as soldiers the Skolians most elite soldiers are also usually the most powerful empaths [...]

    6. Joy on said:

      The first Skolian Empire book stars Soz, aka Sauscony Valdoria Skolia, squad primary, heir to the emperor The Skolian empire is in endless war against the Traders The Trader aristocrats have sadism bred into them To the empathic Skolians, the Traders love of torture their need to torture is the ultimate horror Soz has found, unbelievably, a Trader Aristo who is not a sadist, and now she has an opportunity to make peace between their empires, if she can keep him and herself alive.I found PRIMARY [...]

    7. Bryan Alexander on said:

      I love reading space opera, that classic science fiction subgenre I ve enjoyed it since I was a kid, before I even knew the term As an adult I track the stuff down, hunting for excellent and obscure titles So I was delighted to come across Primary Inversion in a library give away, since I hadn t read it before.I enjoyed the novel, as it gave me many space opera pleasures space battles interstellar empires cyborgs new worlds intrigue but after finishing it my mind wouldn t stop picking at the boo [...]

    8. Christine on said:

      This book featured a number of compelling moments, sandwiched between a few extreme info dumps and techno babble To put this in perspective, it has been a long time since I ve ventured into space opera, so I might not be remembering genre norms very well, but the first three chapters of this book were really just one long, boring info dump The problem with this kind of info dump is actually two fold First, it was boring to read, and came very close to making me put the book down I d had anything [...]

    9. Rachelle on said:

      From the synopsis, I didn t think this would be a story told from a First Person POV I was expecting something along the lines of Battlestar Galactica Instead, everything is seen from Soz s perspective Soz is a woman, and a soldier, and that made Primary Inversion another difficult book for me.I was reading Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins at the same time, and due to how much both books hit home for me, I ended up having to take a break from them to read something a bit light hearted Primary Inv [...]

    10. Michael on said:

      Great start to Asaro s Skolian Empire saga Published in 1996, it has a nice balance between hard sci fi and space opera themes and development of a sensitive but tough telepathic character, Soz Sauscony Valdoria struggling to find love and human connections in the face of emotional isolation as both a military pilot and heir to the heriditary throne of empaths As a physicist, Asaro is able to put her own innovative twists on the rendering of faster than light space travel, artificial intelligenc [...]

    11. Manda on said:

      Cheeky physicsSappy romancea price in a tower, waiting to be rescueda princess to do the rescuingit speeks to my soulThings i like 1 untraditional gender roles2 crazy fun physics3 eternal love with vulcan mind melds4 space battles with overpowered wepons

    12. Mara on said:

      Plenty of tech babble and some flatness in the romantic thread are my main nits, otherwise I loved it.

    13. LindaJ^ on said:

      This was a fun read There are 3 human based races that occupy various planets Two are at war and they are human species resulting from attempts to create superhumans One has no ability to feel empathy and gets pleasure from the pain of others The other has a superior group of warriors enhanced by technology and able to communicate mentally by sensing others The third that is not a war the Allies are unaltered The male and female who are the individuals picked to secede the leaders of the warring [...]

    14. Mmmjay on said:

      I very much enjoyed this book It is storytelling on the galactic scale If you enjoy science fiction pick up the book Cybernetics is at the heart of this far in the future tale, yet even with this science there is political turmoil and struggle Humans have evolved but the quest for domination by the ruling hegemony is as close as today Evolution through melding humans with computers brings the ability to travel to far distant planets but the political machinations of certain members of the ruling [...]

    15. Shara on said:

      I will definitely be hunting down the other books in this series Not because of Asaro s writing style by any means, but I like the relationships between the characters, and the setting and overall story arc is interesting enough to keep me reading I d definitely recommend anyone who is writing or reading hard SF to check it out read a sample on , or go to your local library, or something Also, if you re a sucker for romance guilty pleasures, yo , I think you ll be thoroughly amused return return [...]

    16. Richard on said:

      Primary Inversion is a quick, fun read Nothing profound.There s quite a bit too much world building in the first pages, and the amount of pseudo science babble is pretty extreme A few of the characters are well conceived, but the villains are stick figures.The best part, I think, is the portrayal of the psychiatric profession, astonishingly enough If the next books in the series were available at my local library, I might read But they aren t, and there are too many other books awaiting for me [...]

    17. Carolyn F. on said:

      I love sci fi romance books but this one left me confused I had no idea who the heroine really loved and the guy she ended up with seemed fine but unlike the book s blurb, I didn t see that instant love connection myself I ll read the next book in the series because I heard this series is good I hope so.

    18. Msr2d2 on said:

      Z ca ej sagi w Polsce wydano jedynie tom pierwszy 16 lat po premierze wiatowej Od tego czasu nad Wis nie pojawi o si ani wznowienie, ani kontynuacja To chyba co znaczy.Zauroczony ok adk i opisem na niej, mia em nadziej na dobre i ciekawe podej cie do kosmicznych wojen Niestety z ka d stron moje nadzieje by y deptane i rozbijane coraz mocniej Ta ksi ka to nic innego jak literackie soft porno w kosmosie, kt re chyba tu przed drukiem zosta o pozbawione wi kszo ci pikantnych scen G wna bohaterka, z [...]

    19. Stacy on said:

      Not everyone can be a ballerina and a quantum physicist But Catherine Asaro seems to balance them pretty well And she s recently added rock star to her CV, so the woman has a few interesting skill sets to share with us.While this is the first book in the series, I had started with Quantum Rose The Quantum Rose, and luckily that one was enough of a stand alone to intrigue me into seeking out the beginning while still allowing me to start the series with fresh eyes and meet entirely new characters [...]

    20. Contrarius on said:

      Catherine Asaro knows her physics, and she tries to use her knowledge to inject believability and a sense of hard scifi ness to this story Unfortunately, what she ends up mostly doing is destroying the pacing and boring her readers.Seriously, there is WAAAAY too much exposition and telling in this book I ll admit that she works hard at explaining the science of things, and she creates lots of hooks for future stories in the series, but she ends up with a plot that often plods instead of flying.A [...]

    21. Jeff Powers on said:

      I ll admit to not loving this book It took time to grow on me The writing isn t stellar and the world building takes some time to be clear But by half way through this book I was hooked So while, I will admit to not loving it, I will also admit to loving it It is an odd thing It is rough and very apparent that it is a first novel, from someone trying to break new ground by combining hard SF mathmatics with soft SF social issues and even romantic plotlines They don t always work out, but they are [...]

    22. Bark on said:

      I read this over a decade ago re listened to it on audio while cleaning the house, exercising, cooking driving to and from work and I didn t find it nearly as enthralling as I did the first time around Maybe because I d read it before or maybe because now I m an oldish crab I don t know, either way I kept wishing it would hurry up and end because I wanted to listen to something else It s strange, I remembered this book as being emotionally draining and the torture scenes grueling but this time a [...]

    23. Ricky Penick on said:

      Where to start I must admit that I have a weakness for bad sci fi and I have rarely encountered a sci fi movie that I wouldn t at least try to watch I am a little picky with books since they require a larger time commitment Listening imposes other factors beyond one s imaginings so I tried to pin it on the narrator for a while, but no.Imagine that I am the world s most adamant Ayn Rand detractor or improbably, her biggest fan Now try to imagine a pseudo Dagny Taggert cougar heir to the throne [...]

    24. Xabi1990 on said:

      De esta autora hab a le do Rosa Cu ntica y le ten a con un 8 10, por lo que me anim a leer esta otra novela y, oye, que muy bien, otro 8 10, puede que m s.En una CF militarista space opera light , porque aunque hay tres especie de Imperios en la galaxia todos son humanos Y militarista light porque en realidad lucha, lucha, hay poca.Aparecen humanos con poderes ps quicos, otros reforzados biomec nicamente para mejorar aptitudes de combate, hay una megared inform tica gal ctica, est el rollito chi [...]

    25. Stacey on said:

      2016 update The romance wasn t as satisfying to me 5 years after I first read it It s insta love covered by chemical mental connections I think I prefer the other books better, with their complex plots and complicated relationships Next up the first one about Saucsony Very heavy emphasis on science and technology in this one neuroscience and the math and physics of interstellar, faster than light travel At times, I had to continue reading without than a vague understanding of the technology Ho [...]

    26. Tamara on said:

      I like this in theory than in practice A prickly, ambitious, sympathetic, PTSDing female protagonist, a romance that reverses a lot of the cliches of the genre, and interesting, slow, psychological bit, all sound good in theory But reversed cliches are still cliches, and the protag is also, it so happens, a super soldier, amazingly beautiful and a princess That slow bit makes for somewhat stilted pacing, the technical infodumps become too much and, weirdly, theres something very 80 s about the [...]

    27. This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For on said:

      Primary Inversion is a very mixed bag of a story It starts out with leanings toward military SF, shifts into a little of a Romeo Juliet ish romance, rushes to action, drops back for introspection on freedom, liberty and sacrifice, then back to the romance In between are various jumps are spurts of techno babble and exposition that never quite gain complete coherence.While the basic conflicts are fairly clear, a lot of detail about the Skolian and Trader societies is lacking, with hints that ther [...]

    28. Scribblesinink (Scribbler) on said:

      I got this as one of Baen s free ebook giveaways, and as such didn t expect overly much However, Asaro sucked me into her tale from almost the first page, and any book that makes me want to immediately seek out the rest of her work in the same universe deserves five stars.

    29. Stephen on said:

      Good Read.Plot wise there s nothing really new here it s a pretty standard star crossed lovers story But the characters are interesting and likable and the Skolian Trader universe interesting if not entirely convincing A particularly nice touch is the effort Asaro makes to keep the Skolian Trader conflict from becoming a simple good guys bad guys dichotomy.

    30. Elar on said:

      Very good mathematically interesting universe building matched with cyborgs and breeding for extra abilities I also liked the social setup as author was trying to mix and turn upside down the aspects of our current society.

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