- The Line of Polity
infobox Book |
name = The Line of Polity
image_caption = Cover for "The Line of Polity"
cover_artist = Steve Rawlings
language = English
series = Ian Cormac
Science fiction novel
release_date = 2003
media_type = Print (Hardback &
pages = 560 pp
isbn = ISBN 0-333-90365-X
The Line of Polity is a 2003
science fictionnovel by Neal Asher. It is the second novel in the Gridlinkedsequence. In this novel, Earth Central Security (ECS) agent Ian Cormac is placed at the center of a civil war on the planet Masada, where an elite Theocracy lives in cylindric habitats in orbit and violently rules over commoners enslaved to laborious agriculture jobs on the planet's surface. To complicate matters, someone has attacked a low-grav Outlinker habitat with a nanomycelium which bears a striking resemblance to that used by Dragon on Samarkand in the previous novel Gridlinked. To top things off, a brilliant Separatist biophysicist has apparently reactivated an extremely ancient relic of technology created by the Jain, an alien species that dropped out of the universe millions of years ago, and commanded forms of technology that the brightest AI minds of the Polity have difficulty comprehending.
AI: machine intelligence responsible for planetary management
* runcible: an
interstellar teleporter, comparable to the Ramsbotham Jumpin Robert A. Heinlein's " Tunnel in the Sky"
* contra-terrene device or CTD: an
* AGC: antigravity carrier anti-gravity vehicle
* Antiphoton Weapon: A proton beam weapon (APW).
* Aug: A brain augmentation device, allowing gridlink-like access to local networks.
* Golem: sophisticated
androids, named in numbered series
* Sparkind: elite human(oid) soldiers
* Chainglass armor and cutting blades: "A glass formed of silicon chain molecules. Depending on heat treatments and various doping techniques, this glass has a range of properties covering just about every material that has preceded it. Chainglass blades can be as hard as diamond and maintain an edge sharper than that of freshly sheared flint, whilst having a tensile strength somewhere above that of chrome steel. Chainglass also lacks the brittleness of its namesake. The substance was the invention of Algin Tenkian, and it made him filthy rich." -"Gridlinked": Asher, pg. 142.
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