Nucleation

Nucleation

We are live, we are live, we are live . . . Helen Vectorovich holds the unique distinction of failing at first contact - and she did it in both virtual reality and outer space. Only the most elite teams of operators and navigators get to pilot in remote space-mining operations. And no one was better than Helen and her navigator. Together they secured a multibillion contract We are live, we are live, we are live . . . Helen Vectorovich holds the unique distinction of failing at first...

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Title:Nucleation
Author:Kimberly Unger
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Genres:Science Fiction
ISBN:1616963387
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Nucleation Reviews

  • Lauren loves llamas
    Nov 14, 2020
    This is billed as a first contact book, which it is, but more accurately it?s a slowly paced sci-fi thriller. It?s not focused so much on the aliens as it is on uncovering possible corporate espionage and untangling the events surrounding a deadly accident. In the future, compan...
  • John
    Feb 05, 2021
    Really four and a half stars?with a small deduction because the secret bad guy?s identity is obvious to me as the reader long before the penny drops for the characters, and in all other respects the characters are smart as whips. But otherwise really a fun romp, featuring a tough w...
  • Mike
    Jun 26, 2020
    I found this gripping, a well-plotted nearish-future mystery in which the SF setting is integral. Not your usual space opera, though large portions take place in space. Not your usual cyberpunk either, exactly. I mean, there's an evil corporation, but it's not the one the...
  • Kara Babcock
    Nov 09, 2020
    When I learned after finishing this book that Kimberly Unger is a video game designer, much more about this book began to make sense. Nucleation is a science-fiction novel that wants to wow you with its video game?like aesthetic?this is a novel that craves the label of cinematic fo...
  • Lashawn
    Nov 13, 2020
    I picked up Nucleation expecting a standard space opera. What I got was a thriller that kept me occupied for days. Read the rest of the review at Lightspeed Magazine: https://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/no... I picked up Nucleation expecting a standard space opera. What I got wa...
  • Deborah Ross
    Aug 30, 2020
    Kimberly Unger?s debut novel opens with a brilliant premise: space exploration, overcomes the vast distances involved by squirting ?eenie? nanobots through very tiny wormholes. The eenies then follow their programming to construct whatever?s needed to explore and exploit their ...
  • Bandit
    Jun 19, 2020
    I was in a mood for an exciting science fiction adventure. I?d have probably settled for a somewhat entertaining one. But this book?let?s just say if it were a knife, it wouldn?t have cut through warm butter. I mean, I might have had more exciting time watching water boil than ...
  • Pamela Scott
    Sep 23, 2020
    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres... I have a strange relationship with sci-fi. Sometimes I really like it and sometimes it leaves me cold. This book straddles both for me, some of it work and some of it left me cold. The quality of the writing is very good at times it?s the ...
  • Gina
    Dec 05, 2020
    Wikipedia defines nucleation as "the first step in the formation of either a new thermodynamic phase or a new structure via self-assembly or self-organization. Nucleation is typically defined to be the process that determines how long an observer has to wait before the new phase o...
  • Tim
    Jan 25, 2021
    Fast-paced science fiction was a very enjoyable read. Unusually this is set in a corporate environment, not in a military/government one. That adds a great sense of drama and the ability to explore office politics, team dynamics, industrial espionage and government regulation which add...
  • Marta
    Jan 18, 2021
    I?ve read a lot of science fiction, but no kidding, this book had me working to keep up - and I like that. Love the main character, Helen, who is smart and gets smarter as things progress. This is a story quite unlike anything I have read before and I loved it. ...
  • Jim
    Nov 02, 2020
    Well written story. Excellent dialogue that moves the plot along quite nicely. Great plot. Well developed world without an info dump and the world building did not get in the way of the story. Operator Helen is one tough cookie and I want to read more about her and her world. ...
  • Steve
    Jun 28, 2020
    Interesting story but too much technobabble On the positive side, the story was interesting and well-paced. There was some character development but not much and I didn?t feel much empathy for the protagonist or any of the other characters. There was also way too much techno-babbl...
  • Joe Karpierz
    Nov 01, 2020
    First contact stories have been a part of science fiction for decades. Humans are fascinated by the concept of there being other races out there, other beings for us to communicate with. Underlying that fascination is the simple question: are we alone? Kimberly Unger's debut no...
  • Jccalhoun
    Dec 20, 2020
    Interesting story. Some of the science seems techno babble-y and some things don't really resolve themselves. Interesting story. Some of the science seems techno babble-y and some things don't really resolve themselves. ...more ...
  • Arbys Mom
    Dec 15, 2020
    This is a wonderful romp with nanobots (called eenies) and espionage and murder and lots of easy to understand but very interesting science. It?s got to be book 1 of a series because it ends well but just begs for a sequel, which I?m very much looking forward to. ...
  • NB NB
    Nov 10, 2020
    Virtual reality (VR) combines with an outer space mission in this sci-fi thriller. Helen Vectorovich is the VR operator of spider-like machine positioned billions of miles away from the Earth. Her purpose is to use the machine and a form of nanotechnology called eenies to create an int...
  • Spencer
    Jan 11, 2021
    Kimberly Unger had a creative idea for a premise here, but unfortunately wasn't able to thread it into a truly compelling narrative. To give credit where it is due, I was intrigued by the idea of exploration, engineering, combat, and other endeavors taking place in deep space on t...
  • Aaron Hinck
    Feb 02, 2021
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  • Jessica Draper
    Feb 11, 2021
    The story stops in the middle, but I won?t be bothering to read the next book. It?s not badly done; Ms. Unger has a firm grasp of grammar and spelling, and the editing is thorough, so the book is already head and shoulders above the usual run of self-published slush. Not that this ...
  • Nilo Sérgio
    Jun 19, 2020
    Nucleation starts with a very creative and interesting story: The idea of exploring and exploits the universe without truly being there by using quantum entanglement as a way to control droids remotely. The central character, some sort of those "droid pilot" is obsessive t...
  • Matthew Teague
    Jun 29, 2020
    Kimberly Unger's Nucleation is a tale that follows Helen Vectorovich?s perspective (told from the third person perspective) of the Line Drive project, with building an interstellar gate as it?s goal. Helen is the top operator for the parent company of the Line Drive project an...
  • Aurora
    Feb 05, 2021
    Pretty good read. I just wished the author had put more time into explaining each technology while introducing it to the reader. Terms of technology are thrown out related to the operator interface with the coffin without grounding it. Also, there was no grounding to the nature of the ...
  • Bob Cutler
    Dec 16, 2020
    I don't give many 5 star ratings but this checked all the boxes for me. Well-plotted, no long scene-setting detours, no flashbacks or flash forwards, no whack-a-mole antagonists, believable characters, etc. There's a hook at the end that could be the lead-in to a sequel or a ...
  • Benjamin Goldberg
    Dec 04, 2020
    I hope 3 is understood to be a positive rating. I liked it. ...
  • Bill T.
    Feb 09, 2021
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  • Rob Caswell
    Nov 23, 2020
    Boy.... this is a challenging review as this was a strange read. I'm not even sure how to put it unique character into words? I was drawn to this book by the core concept of driving a drone, using quantum entangled particles, from light years across space. And the writing itself w...
  • Paul
    Jul 04, 2020
    A pretty good scifi story. It won't be for everyone due to the amount of technical jargon and the lack of empathy for the characters since there's little development and it's not a first-person narrative. However, the story shows the author's imagination. I stayed m...
  • D. K. Nuray
    Nov 06, 2020
    I want to give it 3.8 stars but Goodreads doesn?t have fractional options... As an operator for the company Far Reaches in an age of private space exploration, Helen Vectorovich?s job is to pilot vehicles, known as waldos, billions of miles away. She does so from her ?coffin?...
  • WorldconReader
    Nov 10, 2020
    Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher, Tachyon Publications, for kindly providing a review copy of this book. "Nucleation" by Kimberly Unger is an exciting high tech scifi thriller that is nicely reminiscent of a Michael Crichton novel. "Nucleation" was...