But Will I LIke It: The Enigma Score

19 April 2016

‘Sure, sure, you’ve got 3, 296 books. That’s all very well – but will I like any of them?’

As we noted last week:

(a) we’re sure you’ll find something to suit your tastes if you look hard enough, and

(b) we’re happy to help you look!

So, here’s another mini-review to help you find a path through the 3,000-book labyrinth that is the SF Gateway . . .

The Enigma Score by Sheri S. Tepper

Travel is possible but difficult on Jubal, as the planet’s geography is marked by soaring, glittering crystalline structures (the Presences) that are highly sensitive to sound and vibration. If you don’t have the right song – the password – the resulting rockfalls will spell a terminal end to your journey. The Tripsingers (among them, Tasmin Ferrence) have discovered the passwords for some journeys, and by accompanying travellers, make trade and colonization possible. But then Tasmin’s estranged brother Lim dies, after apparently making some progress in quieting the most difficult Presence of them all, the Enigma. But Lim’s death raises a lot of questions: what was he doing there? He wasn’t a Tripsinger, so how had he come to have part of the password? And why? And what does any of it have to do with a corporate plan to put all of the Tripsingers out of a job? Sheri S. Tepper’s tale is a highly satisfying read, at once awe-inspiring, mysterious and humbling. 



About Darren Nash

I'm Digital Publisher at Gollancz, responsible for the SF Gateway and SF Masterworks. Digitally, I can be found here, on Twitter at @SFGateway (officially) and @thenashmeister (unofficially). In meat space, I operate from a secret base inside a dormant volcano, on a remote pacific island that - mysteriously - doesn't appear on any official maps. Possibly. View all posts by Darren Nash → This entry was posted in Guest Post, Reviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to But Will I LIke It: The Enigma Score

  1. MrDalliard says:

    You will especially like it if you liked After Long Silence, also available from The Gateway both as a stand-alone and as a part of the Sheri S Tepper Gateway Omnibus. After Long Silence is the original US title for The Enigma Score. You may already have it. I can’t figure out why you’re selling it under both titles without a disclaimer.

    • Chiefly because we didn’t know! We rely on authors/agents/estates to tell us about these instances – we do our best to pick up on variant titles, and have resolved quite a few such issues but, with 3,000+ titles, there’s always the possibility of one slipping through. We’ll remove one version from sale ASAP. Thanks for letting us know about this.

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