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One of the best SF novellas ever, right there with Beggars in Spain, Nightwings, Houston, Houston, Do You Read or Nightflyers. This is the second time I ve read this short novel, because I didn t feel that I gave it a proper chance the first time around maybe a decade ago Then I read it for plot well, that was a mistake And I read it for an answer Not totally a mistake, only partly one More relaxed in my reading this time I was still occasionally bothered by all the foreshadowing and the author s need to telegraph dread But the writing is lovely The world is beautifully done, just the right amount given and wi This is the second time I ve read this short novel, because I didn t feel that I gave it a proper chance the first time around maybe a decade ago Then I read it for plot well, that was a mistake And I read it for an answer Not totally a mistake, only partly one More relaxed in my reading this time I was still occasionally bothered by all the foreshadowing and the author s need to telegraph dread But the writing is lovely The world is beautifully done, just the right amount given and withheld for it to be believable and even intriguing, and the characters came muchto life this time, despite the fact that some of them weren t entirely human I know that she is best known for Gothic and horror but this works well as a sci fi story too My final evaluation is that it is very well done I ll read her stories next Brilliant writing, but very brief While this has been called Kiernan s return to sci fi, it is very much a horror novel If you remove the starships and andrdoids, you are left with a Lovecraftian tale of scientists who go to the edge of the abyss and find madness The writing is wonderful and the tension, particularly in the second half of the book is spectacular My biggest complaint is that the book is brief, and doesn t give suitable attention to relationships between characters and the inc Brilliant writing, but very brief While this has been called Kiernan s return to sci fi, it is very much a horror novel If you remove the starships and andrdoids, you are left with a Lovecraftian tale of scientists who go to the edge of the abyss and find madness The writing is wonderful and the tension, particularly in the second half of the book is spectacular My biggest complaint is that the book is brief, and doesn t give suitable attention to relationships between characters and the incident they experience It felt like it could have been exploredfully That being said, the tone was wonderful and there is something to be said for leaving the horror to the imagination of the reader The Dry Salvages could also be called A book in three pens Taken from the longhand account of Dr Audrey Cather in 24th century Paris, it is her attempt to come to grips with the events surrounding the starship Montelius trip to Gilese 876 The previous expedition, sent to an exoplanet to study the fossil record and the remains of an alien mining operation over seven thousand years old, has gone dark Of the four people to go, only Dr Cather returns.This short novel speaksin what it do The Dry Salvages could also be called A book in three pens Taken from the longhand account of Dr Audrey Cather in 24th century Paris, it is her attempt to come to grips with the events surrounding the starship Montelius trip to Gilese 876 The previous expedition, sent to an exoplanet to study the fossil record and the remains of an alien mining operation over seven thousand years old, has gone dark Of the four people to go, only Dr Cather returns.This short novel speaksin what it does not describe than what it does describe The narrator deliberately leaves massive gaps, never answering the most important questions but leaving open tantalizing possibilities Beautifully constructed, the brevity is its biggest downfall Much like it s spiritual ancestor, At the Mountains of Madness, the hints it leaves behind demandinformation I wanted to explore the ruins, see the reactions and get closer to the edge of darkness the author dances around This is not a book for any who want pat answers But, if you are willing to lose yourself in atmosphere and mystery, there are rewards under the cold, red sun of this other world [ DOWNLOAD BOOK ] ⚔ The Dry Salvages ♸ Award winning author Caitlmn R Kiernan, best known for her contemporary settings, gothnoir tales of pain and wonder, and atmospheric stories of Lovecraftian terror, was first published as an author of dark science fiction Now she returns to sf with a masterful thirty thousand word novella, The Dry SalvagesThree centuries in the future, though much of Earth has been crippled by war, pollution, and catastrophic climatic change, man has at last traveled to the stars and even found evidence of at least one extraterrestrial civilization In a bleak and frozen Paris, at the dawn of the nd Century, an old woman is forced to confront the consequences of her part in these discoveries and the ghosts that have haunted her for almost fifty years The last surviving member of the crew of the starship Montelius, exopaleontologist Dr Audrey Cather struggles to remember what she s spent so long trying to forget the nightmare she once faced almost ninety trillion miles from Earth A re read I think I appreciated this , the second time around A small ground of scientists is sent to join a research team already at a remote moon When they arrive, they discover that something has gone horribly wrong the humans are missing or insane, and the humanoid robots are the only ones keeping the mission afloat Told by a surviving member of the mission, looking back on the events from a distance of many years, the story explores some interesting and complex aspects of what it m A re read I think I appreciated this , the second time around A small ground of scientists is sent to join a research team already at a remote moon When they arrive, they discover that something has gone horribly wrong the humans are missing or insane, and the humanoid robots are the only ones keeping the mission afloat Told by a surviving member of the mission, looking back on the events from a distance of many years, the story explores some interesting and complex aspects of what it means to be human, with synthetic, normal and genetically modified characters, and no easy answers provided It also serves up some good old fashioned Lovecraftian horror.First read Sept 2008 or earlier A novella of sci fi horror not bad Set 300 years into a bleak future, Man has reached the stars, and through space travel discovered the remains of a civilization on a dead moon thousands of miles from Earth Fifty years later, the last surviving crew member of the star ship Montelius secretly writes down what she remembers, and what Earth s leaders want her to forget, about that harrowing mission Although I m not usually a fan of hard sci fi, at 123 pages this novelette is masterful in language, characters and setting Atmosphe Set 300 years into a bleak future, Man has reached the stars, and through space travel discovered the remains of a civilization on a dead moon thousands of miles from Earth Fifty years later, the last surviving crew member of the star ship Montelius secretly writes down what she remembers, and what Earth s leaders want her to forget, about that harrowing mission Although I m not usually a fan of hard sci fi, at 123 pages this novelette is masterful in language, characters and setting Atmospheric and powerful The Dry Salvages is a wonderfully spooky SF novella I picked up just in time for Halloween Kiernan takes a concept that could have easily been a cheap, throwaway pulp short and breathes an incredible amount of depth and character into it And dread don t forget the dread Since it was a small print run novella from Subterranean it might not be easy to track down, but that s what Interlibrary Loan is for. While the beautiful use of language in this book may make up for a narrative that bounces around too much, it doesn t save the book from its ending The first third of the novel built up an impressive sense of dread, but there was no payoff I was left wondering why, exactly, three of the characters offed themselves for the milk and water events at the core of the story.One of the earlier reviewers may have been correct about the problem with seeing Cthulhu. This is pretty much hard core science fiction horror Scary in spaceships, but I m being flip and this book is way better than that sounds It s a quick read, almosta novella than a novel, and I read it through then reread the last 75 pages and decided that if interstellar anthropology ever actually becomes a thing, no way I m signing up.