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Learning the World: A Scientific Romance
Learning the World
Author Ken MacLeod
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Tor
Released 2005
Media Type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 384 pp
ISBN 0765313316 (hardcover), 0765351773 (paperback)

Learning the World is a science fiction novel by Ken MacLeod published in 2005. The novel is a first contact story, following the generation ship But the Sky, My Lady! The Sky! as it approaches the Destiny Star. Humans have been colonizing the 500 light-years around Earth for a few thousand years, and have never run into an alien species - until now. The discovery of a Steam Age alien race upsets the established protocols of the ship, leading to uncertainty and delays in habitation, which in turn leads to societal unrest and conflict aboard the ship. Learning the World won the 2006 Prometheus Award and was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2006. Image File history File links LearningTheWorld. ... Ken MacLeod (born August 2, 1954), an award-winning Scottish science fiction writer, lives near Edinburgh. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Some notable science fiction novels, in alphabetical order by title: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke 334 by Thomas M. Disch An Age by Brian Aldiss The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ... Ken MacLeod (born August 2, 1954), an award-winning Scottish science fiction writer, lives near Edinburgh. ... First contact is a common science-fictional theme about the first meeting between humans and aliens. ... A generation ship is a hypothetical starship that travels across great distances between stars at a speed much slower than that of light (see interstellar travel). ... Light Years is also the American name of the Rene Laloux animated film Gandahar. ... The Prometheus Award is an award for libertarian science fiction novels given out annually by the Libertarian Futurist Society (which also publishes a quarterly journal, Prometheus). ... Winners of the Hugo Award for best novel. ... // Events June 26, 2006: J.K. Rowling reaveals that two characters will die in the seventh book of the Harry Potter series. ...

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This book sucks! The End...fags

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