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The Man in the Tree [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Man in the Tree Author Sage Walker – Rapid fire storytelling from start to finish Greg BearHumanity s last hope of survival lies in space but will a random death doom the ventureOur planet is dying and the world s remaining nations have Rapid fire storytelling from start to finish in the MOBI ñ Greg BearHumanity s last hope of survival lies in space but will a random death doom the ventureOur planet is dying and the world s remaining nations have pooled their resources to build a seed ship that will carry colonists The Man ePUB í on a multi generational journey to a distant planetEverything is set for a bright adventure and then someone is found hanging dead just weeks before the launch Fear and paranoia spread as the death begins to look and like a murder The authorities want the case settled uickly Man in the eBook ☆ and uietly so as not to cause panic and to prevent a murderer from sabotaging the entire missionWith The Man in the Tree Locus Award winning author Sage Walker has given us a thrilling hard science fiction mystery that explores the intersection of law justice and human nature.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 368 pages
  • The Man in the Tree
  • Sage Walker
  • English
  • 10 July 2014

10 thoughts on “The Man in the Tree

  1. Gary Gary says:

    Generation ships have been back in vogue lately as three major works have appeared this year to apply contemporary social and scientific theories to the classic subgenre Sage Walker’s The Man in the Tree is uniue among them in that it is a murder mystery set prior to the ship’s launch rather than following the journey itself The story follows Helt Borresen the Incident Analyst of the generation ship Kybele who is assigned to investigate the suspicious death of an outside contractor named Charles Ryan To complicate matters Helt is already romantically pursuing the prime suspect Biosystems researcher Elena Maury when the body is found Elena is the only person seen leaving the habitat shortly after Ryan’s death and had actually lived with the man some years before But Ryan was a shifty character and than one colonist had a reason to want him goneThe mystery plot while intriguing is useful as a catalyst for Walker’s examination of the scientific and philosophical uestions inherent in such a project as well as the cultural circumstances that produce it and the political forces – internal and external – that complicate it Though the conclusion of the story is jarringly abrupt and a little too pat Walker’s meditative prose and intellectual rigor as well as her complex characters and detailed worldbuilding meant my excursion on Kybele was time well spent

  2. Bookwraiths Bookwraiths says:

    Originally reviewed at BookwraithsA murder mystery wrapped in techno science fiction trappings The Man in the Tree is an elegantly crafted tale of a future where mankind’s main hope of surviving ecological disaster is to send its people out into the universeThe year is 2029 Earth has been decimated by world wide ice melt; rising sea levels swallowing huge portions of the continents The catastrophe causing huge portions of the remaining land to turn into arid wastelands The only arable land left for farming now at the poles World populations have naturally plunged Wars have escalated Borders have changed New political unions formed And though there is a possibility that earth might heal itself of the pollution the remaining world powers decide to hedge their bets on humankind survival by building a seedship to send off into spaceThe Kybele is the first such seedship Likely the only one A huge hollow asteroid turned into a multi generation colony ship with its own internal sun river forests fields and thirty thousand colonists ready to set out on a one way trip to a distant planet that might or might not be habitable And the huge ship is near completion; the last work crews soon to depart the final members of the “dreamers” about to come on board and ready for departure Then a man is found dead His lifeless body discovered hanging from a tree in the wilderness of Kybete A murder investigation uickly beginningHelt Borresen is an Incident Analysis aboard the Kybele He will be leaving with the rest of the dreamers soon And while he is alone he has recently met a woman whom he wants to have a relationship with Elena But now Helt is tasked with uncovering who this dead man is how he died and if it was murder who did it Unfortunately Helt’s investigation soon points toward Elena being involvedNever having read any work penned by Sage Walker I have to admit not being prepared for the precise elegant and seamless prose she exhibits in her writing Every page of this book was as smooth as silk; every conversations portrayed in a realistic way; and the technological marvels rendered in a believable and understandable manner If for no other reason than being introduced to the author’s fantastic writing I am truly glad I read this novelIn my eyes the other real strength of this story is a fully realized world The seedship itself a detailed believable behemoth which felt very real the you read The hollowed out interior with its mechanical sun semi wild forests cultivated fields small villages familiar restaurants and shopping areas exactly what one would expect with an ark built to keep generations of humans comfortable during a two hundred year voyage to another world And while much of this story took place in offices labs and governmental type territory those also felt normal not foreign to my earthbound mindThis narrative also successfully dealt with many complex issues giving a reader plenty of things to think about after putting the book down Global warming Immigration Only 30000 dreamers can go on the ship and if you don’t fit in you are deported back to earth Humanities intrinsic ability to always cause its own problems And the concept of love and what you will do or give up to keep it Each of these issues dealt with in an evenhanded and tactful mannerAs for my main complaint it would have to be the pacing of this slow burn scifi murder mystery which felt very sluggish at times Certainly it did keep progressing forward with different twists and turns but the relationship between Helt and his prime suspect Elena was the main element of the plot much of the time and just did not produce enough tension or suspense to liven up a narrative which suffered from a lack of any real surprises until near the end I suppose it all comes down to personal preference and I openly admit that I like my mystery fast paced with edge of the seat tension or pulse pounding excitement Unfortunately The Man in the Tree was not that type of bookThis is a science fiction mystery which many fans will love It has a beautifully rendered world subtle depth of meaning and fantastic prose from Sage Walker While I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped I definitely will be reading from this author in the futureI received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review I’d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone

  3. Rachel (Kalanadi) Rachel (Kalanadi) says:

    Video review here is a science fiction novel with a murder mystery plot The action takes place on the Kybele a planned multigenerational seedship that will soon launch from Earth to hopefully find another planet where humanity can take root The ship is about to leave; the last work crews are scheduled to depart the final members of the team and the lottery winners are coming on board and then a man is found dead hanging from a tree in the park wilderness inside the ship Who is he? How did he die? And do they have a murderer on board?The ship doesn't have a security force or police per se but they do have Helt Borreson the Incident Analyst who is now tasked with investigating this deathThe stakes are very understated The book's description makes it sound like this one death could scuttle the ship's mission and doom humanity's great attempt but that is not how it comes across in the story I don't recall any character saying for example that they have a strict deadline This death barely even makes the news bizarrely enoughRather it's a matter of who gets to leave and who must to stay behind Nothing is really going to stop the Kybele leaving it's just that they'd prefer to kick a murderer off first or avoid sabotage And there's a good chance that innocent people who can't be alibied might also be kicked off the ship And legal jurisdiction will change and get messy as soon as the Kybele leaves which is not what you want in the middle of an ongoing investigationThis is all well and good because I think that it's a subtle and realistic situation But it does mean that there's a surprising lack of urgency throughout a good chunk of it There are no high stakes immediately and there don't seem to be many compelling personal stakes for the investigators especially Helt Helt's urgency is probably supposed to be that he's just fallen madly in love with the prime suspect in the case and he really doesn't want her to be kicked off the ship He wants to clear her because if he can't he'll probably decide to stay on Earth with herSo there are some things I want to talk about most of which is not about the actual murder investigation That's pretty par for the course only complicated because all the people investigating are not trained professionals who've dealt with murder before But I found some other elements of the story to be really interesting to analyze and think aboutFirst of all is the time period This is such an interesting time to set this story especially for a seedship It's on this cusp ready to leave prepared to go but not left yet People on the Kybele have begun to put that mental distance between us on Kybele and them on Earth but still regularly communicate with family friends and colleagues on Earth Most stories that I've read that feature long duration spaceships take place far after the ship has left Earth The stories are often driven by future generations who didn't make the initial choices trying to keep the ship self sustaining with a finite amount of resources to reach their goal Not so in this case And that brings me to the state of the Kybele itselfThe Kybele is nearing the end of its initial construction but destined to be incomplete for generations It's created from an asteroid and the living space inside is fantastically realistic It has a natural looking gorge and a river running through it a park with trees Wilderness where one can camp and encounter deer at twilight There are background people in the public spaces eating at the restaurants and stopping at the food stalls in the agora and yet there is also emptiness because the place is built for a much larger population There is physically potential everywhere This is a space where things will happen but not yetUltimately I think it is highly symbolic that this murder happened at this time in this particular place almost arresting the act of leaving humanity's birthplace Will the humans of the Kybele with all of their new laws and bright future escape human nature? No matter where we go will we still produce murders psychopaths the occasional bad egg?Wherever humans go we take our problems with us and this feels like the lesson that the Kybele's leaders have to learn They can try so hard to design a new world and a new system and they will still not catch everything because they haven't changed usSometimes I struggled with the execution of this story The plot the characters the writing they all worked but didn't excel for me But Walker still made me do a LOT of thinking with these choices she made in the story and that I appreciated

  4. Anne Worth Anne Worth says:

    I'm currently about 25% through the book and not sure I'm going to continue The world building is fascinating how the society is structured and how they know they will have to change as hundreds of years pass but I am unexpectedly creeped out by the main character Other reviewers describe this as a love story but at this point the main POV character has spent at most an hour or two talking to his love interest Perhaps it would be correct to say his obsession He instantaneously develops a passion for this woman at first sight He thinks about her all the time while working to solve this murder mystery and theorizes constantly about her state of mind and her feelings HE DOESN'T KNOW HER AT ALL The last scene I read they finally have a meal together He twice thinks what a good girl she is for eating all the food and wine he brings her I don't know if Walker intended us to think this is utterly creepy? That could be a character choice she's making But even if it is I'm not sure I want to spend time in this guy's head

  5. Kate Kate says:

    Abandoned at 21% I loved the worldbuilding but the story needed a bit of a push

  6. D.L. Morrese D.L. Morrese says:

    A guy falls lands in a tree and is pronounced dead Is it suicide? An accident? Murder? If it's murder it's the first one ever on this space habitat which is carved out of an asteroid that is intended to become a multi generational space ship It's an interesting and fairly plausible setting which pushed my rating up a star and since the story is a whodunit I had to finish reading it to find out well who done it I was tempted to give up on it many times along the way thoughSeveral things put me off about this book The choppy prose the unnatural dialogue the s l o w pacing But what I really found cringe worthy was the protagonist This space habitat supposedly gathered the best and brightest Earth had to offer in an attempt to preserve not only the human species but also several others that evolved on Earth which has suffered greatly from humanity's abuse The characters portrayed don't seem all that exceptional to me though Neither their competence nor their professionalism is demonstrated The guy put in charge to investigate the suspicious death is actually pretty pathetic although I don't think the author intended him to be He is introduced when he encounters a woman he has never met before and he becomes instantly intrigued fascinated and obsessed with her for no clear reason other than he thinks she looks hot and his internal dialogue goes on endlessly about her hair and skin and hands andwell you get it He's like a hormonally overcharged adolescent in a steamy teen romance or a brooding Ken doll from a daytime soap opera He's certainly not likeable but he's not uite annoying enough to hate For the first 250 pages I had him as my prime suspect because I figured there was something seriously wrong with this guy Maybe he's a high functioning sociopath who unconsciously blocks out the memories of his most dastardly deeds Sorry if this is a spoiler but nope it's not himAs a reminder my opinion is subjective For me the setting was a plus but insufficient to make up for the lackluster prose and poor characters Other readers may weigh these things differently

  7. James James says:

    A heavy duty non violent and somewhat slow paced police procedural set in a generation ship about to launch Decent characters with a bit of light romance thrown in lighten the reading The philosophy of governing a generation ship is covered as part of the plot and this is a bit novel If you like SF and police procedurals you will probably enjoy this book I like my mysteries a bit hard boiled

  8. Ethan Ethan says:

    I'm honestly puzzled what the breathless plots James S A Corey or rapid fire storytelling Greg Bear from the blurbs on the cover are referring to because this book is at best a slow burn and at worst painfully glacially slow I'd place it somewhere much closer to the latter than the former but it's not all bad The idea of a murder mystery on a generation ship is cool and what piued my interest in the first place But the execution was really really slow often painfully so I'm also missing most of the explorations of law justice and human nature promised in the book descriptionFirst the good the basic concept of the novel is pretty neat I've been into generation ships lately especially Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora so the idea of a murder mystery set on one sounds neat We get some cool details on the ship and some of the issues that arise about how to build a community that can sustain itself in relative harmony for generations Also Walker is a retired medical doctor and obviously knows what she's talking about when it comes to the gory details of a murder The prose is pretty good for the most partNext the bad The weird thing however is that this intriguing premise takes place BEFORE the ship leaves the solar system To me this lessened the tension a bit since they can just send people back to Earth easily But I guess it had to happen this way in order to create tension that the ship may not leave at all because of the murder I understand that move for the sake of the second kind of tension but I thought that was a less interesting way to go or at least not what I was expectingThe characters are alright although the main character is verging on being weirdly obsessed with his love interest who mild spoiler turns out to be a key part of the investigation He takes an immediate deep interest in her which I guess can happen when you fall in love but something seemed a bit off about it Aside from the two main characters the murder victim and maybe one or two others all the rest of the characters were basically interchangeable for me It was hard to care much about them The big themes that a generation ship raises Is it fair to condemn your descendants to life on such a ship? Are we right to colonize other systems? are pretty much ignored The issue of how to maintain law and order on such a ship is discussed but not in much detail certainly not in the depth you'd expect from someone like Kim Stanley Robinson or Ursula Le Guin RIP There's also a bit of the old let's put people indistinguishable from early 21st century people in the future as if that makes senseThe mystery itself is okay and does get resolved The problem is that the investigation moves at a snail's pace if that snail stopped to court his love interest and took the occasional weekend off for a leisurely romantic rendezvous It's so slow I don't need action to enjoy a novel I don't even need it to move uickly if there's enough going on for me to enjoy the ride But this one is narrowly focused on the mystery and the romance to a far lesser extent so it feels like of a slog They take 100 pages just to decide it was a murder and pages and pages to do anything else This makes it all the weird how relatively uickly it comes together at the end I don't want to give any spoilers about the end but I found it a bit odd and underdeveloped even though it does resolve the central mystery of the eponymous man in the treeSo this is not a bad novel per se but it's not especially good either Maybe those who are bigger fans of slow burn murder mysteries would appreciate it

  9. Randal Randal says:

    There are three genres at work hereA sci fi novel envisioning what an interstellar seed ship fashioned from an asteroid might look like;A fairly old fashioned drawing room mystery where the ship is the drawing room;A mostly cozy romance where cozy is librarian jargon to describe romances lacking anatomically detailed sex scenes A true cozy typically leaves off where the clothes start to loosen and the lights go out and picks up again with breakfast This one has a little teensy bit description but you wouldn't hesitate to hand it to Gram in the nursing homeAs sci fi it's one of those novels where the science goes into the background in this case the setting and then the characters act in mostly contemporary fashion everybody is attached to their glorified cell phones It's envisioning what that society might look like than the technology; believable but not so gee whiz that the gadgets carry the reader alongThe mystery is slow There's one death in the whole book right at the start and it's 92 pages along before it's definitively ruled a murder not a suicide And why do people saying nice things on the dust jacket have to be so wrong in their praise Rapid fire storytelling from start to finish Greg Bear No Greg it's not It's slow methodical storytelling by adding layer upon layer of description It's nothing like rapid fire It's the opposite of rapid fire Even Miss Marple usually gets a second corpse generally the obvious suspect laid out on the parlor floor Here the most obvious suspect gets laid in a sleeping bagIt's reasonably well written if the pace doesn't bother you I used it as a sleep aid I found the ending profoundly disturbing hence the low score view spoilerThis isn't the first mystery where everybody killed the bad guy another hat tip to Dame Agatha but I'm bothered by the underlying message Much is made of the need to have the right kind of people on the voyage because of its length and because it's a sealed system think of Elena looking for mold growing in the corners But then the three leaders appointed with no checks and balances of this enterprise conspire to kill and cover up the killing of Cash Ryan and at the end this is presented uncritically as a Good Thing If I'm on that ship my first concern would be wondering how long until they decide someone else needs to be put down after all they can be recycled in the nutrient tanks instead of having to be put into indefinite lockdown which is a drag on societyThis is the stuff of sci fi horror novels the setup for 2001 A Space Odyssey where HAL decides the humans are extraneous And here Walker gives it to us as a happy ending uncritically Cash Ryan harbored unclean thoughts about Dr Elena Maury so he deserved to die The Seed Bankers disagree with the mission so they must be expunged There's invasive public surveillance except for the select few including those who operate it who can choose to evade itFollow this society through to its logical conclusion and the underlying message is pro authoritarian pro apartheid hail the Great Leader It's a fascist utopia to the stars people I want no part of it hide spoiler

  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    Review originally written for my blogI received this as an ARC as I’m a big fan of generation ship stories and just had to read it When I saw that this was one right before it launched I was incredibly interested as most stories in this theme are either building it or way after the launch when a lot of information has been forgottenThis book starts not long before the ship is due to depart however a man has just been found dead and one hour of security camera footage is missing around the time that he died What follows is a fantastic murder mystery in a sci fi settingAs it’s a murder mystery I’m going to avoid discussing the plot at all because well half the fun of the novel was trying to figure out what was happening along with the main character Helt and so I don’t want to give away any spoilers either intentionally or unintentionallyThe worldbuilding of this novel is fantastic as Helt moves around the ship interviewing potential suspects and those that knew the deceased we learn about the ship itself and what caused it to be built Most of this is just mentioned as background information but it really helps flesh out the novel The ship itself Kybele is also described brilliantly and I loved reading about how it was built and all the planning that has gone into itHelt is a great character he’s been tasked with investigating the case and he’s on a strict deadline as the ship will be departing soon and so they want to find the murderer in time to send him off the ship on the final shuttleI would highly recommend this novel it was a thrilling adventure and I highly enjoyed the mystery which kept me engrossed right up until the end It’s great for both sci fi fans and for those that are fans of murder mysteries

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