Circle Tide

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Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing, 2011 - Fiction - 272 pages
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The tale of two unlikely companions cast together in a mystery, and a mission to save their planet.

Noah is a rebellious son of privilege caught up in a brutal murder in a city ravaged by the eco-catastrophe Circle Tide. Promising his dying friend that he'll deliver a highly confidential datasphere, Noah plunges into a gritty subterranean world where he collides with knife wielding monks, a crew of oddball hackers and a smart intelligence bent on his destruction. Enter Rika, a street smart data thief. Heavily in debt from getting mind enhancements that fall, Rika is given one more chance to prove herself and right past wrongs - she must save the city from Circle Tide. But to do this she needs Noah's datasphere... Thus begins an adventure that takes Noah and Rika from Los Angeles' deepest catacombs in the Underground to the most exclusive rooftop gardens. Through their separate worlds of hardship and affluence, accused of a crime they did not commit, the unlikely duo must find clues to prove their innocence, as they seek to find a killer, and stop an eco-disaster from destroying the planet.

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Set in Los Angeles in the mid-22nd century, this novel is about two unlikely people on a mission to save the world.
Noah is a rebellious member of high society. His mother runs a Domus, which is
something like a family-owned multi-national corporation (but a lot bigger). She is not afraid to roll over people to get what she wants, and is a very dislikable person. Noah promises that he will deliver a datasphere to the right person. Meantime, an ecological disease called Circle Tide is ravaging the city, a disease that is fast-acting and deadly. Noah is faced with knife-wielding monks and a smart intelligence that wants him dead.
Rika is a Data gatherer (or data thief) whose expensive, and not-paid-for, neural improvements are failing. Her last chance to prove herself, and get out of debt, is to stop Circle Tide (simple, no?). But she has to steal Noah's datasphere.
The pair travel from the top of society to the bottom, accused of crimes they did not commit. They seek clues to catch a murderer, and keep mankind from being destroyed by Circle Tide.
Here is an excellent piece of society-building. It has enough going on (virtual worlds where memories are stored, for instance) to satisfy anyone. This may not be a very fast read, but it is very much worth the reader's time.

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Conficted characters thrust into a confused situation leading to an ending that remains stuck in my mind even now. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Rebecca Rowe is a freelance writer, published author and member of the National Space Society and The Mars Society. She has M.A.'s in Journalism and International Relations. Her short work / poetry has been published in Polyphony, Ascent Magazine, and Sol Magazine. Rebecca is a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop (Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Suzy McKee Charnas, Nancy Kress, Andy Duncan, Kelly Link, Gordon Van Gelder, and Jeff Ford).

"For better or worse, I was born and raised on Earth (like many of us), where I discovered a few things: hobbits, Spock, dating, horseback riding, corporate America and Baudrillard.

"Over time, I've learned to travel and became sadly addicted. I think now, if I have the chance, I'll live in Kobe, Japan. Briefly, I've lived in lots of other places: California, Melbourne, Australia, D.C., Connecticut, Virginia and Aix-en-Provence, France. No matter where I'm living, I'm a Colorado girl, so branded behind the left knee. Denver happens to be where I am, as I write you this note.

"In-between and while working, and after kind of growing up, I did my undergrad at the University of Denver and a Master's there in Journalism/Mass Communications. I also went to the University of Southern California and received a Master's in International Relations so maybe I've developed a fetish for chalkboards and classrooms. Beyond that, well, I've done a lot of technical writing for places few people have ever heard of outside of IT, except MapQuest -- where you may have downloaded a map.

"Today, when I'm not writing, I read everything and enjoy works by Haruki Murakami, Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino or young adult novelists like Philip Pullman or Science Fiction authors the Strugatsky brothers, Richard Adams, Greg Egan, Sheri Tepper and ...that list is almost endless, or a fantasy novel by Susanna Clarke and shorts by Kelly Link or Bruce Holland Rogers. And then, when not writing or reading, there is the world of film with directors: Kurosawa, Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Herzog, McAbee's offbeat musical The American Astronaut, and Miyazaki's eight anime films or Otomo's Akira or Oshii's Ghost in the Shell or well, that list also is too long. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story is a recent personal favorite. Getting outside once in a while is also a good thing so I'm a runner and also walk the dog, as long as there are no squirrels. The dog wants to dine on live squirrel; she dreams of it and even runs up trees in her sleep.

"That's probably more than you wanted to know about me so I'll stop here. If you get the chance to read Forbidden Cargo and the others soon to come, more than anything, I hope the actionquest gives you some small pleasure and strikes a flame in you for a new train of thought."

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