The Freeze-Frame Revolution
(Tachyon), by Peter Watts, is a delicious morsel of hard science fiction. The short novel follows the crew of a construction ship who have spent 66 million years traveling across the galaxy building interstellar wormhole gates for humanity. The group is held in suspended animation, awakened for brief periods by Chimp, the AI that runs the ship. One member of the crew, Sunday Ahzmundin, does not question the mission and has a closer relationship with the Chimp than most. Her friend Lian has become paranoid and unstable, however, and when she disappears, Sunday begins a quest to uncover the secrets behind her friend’s strange behavior. But when you are awake only every few thousand years, how do you keep track of who is friend or foe? The setup of the book is irresistible, and the science is high-concept, but the story is driven by Sunday’s relationships and her conviction in herself and her companions..