Nominated for Best Novel:
by Lois McMaster Bujold
|Cover Art by David Seeley|
Cryoburn is the 15th science fiction novel in the Miles Vorkosigan series. In this novel Miles visits the sparsely populated world of Kibou-daini for a conference. Kibou is dominated by the cryocorps that dominate the political and economic landscape. It is common for people that are chronically ill or reaching the age of body degradation to cryogenically freeze themselves until treatments or cures are devised. There are upwards of a million and a half people on ice in the cryocorp underground vaults.
After escaping an attack, Miles meets young Jin, a runaway that lives on the roof of an abandoned building. Jin keeps Miles alive overnight until the drugs wear off.
A series of events finds Miles fighting off the cryocorps and for the rights of the frozen dead. There are political and ethical questions and daring rescues. Jin and Miles' head strong-arm, Roic are great supporting characters.
Cryoburn is a thrilling SF adventure novel set in an interesting world. I enjoyed it and would be interested in reading other novels by Bujold. I have not read any other books in the Vorkosigan saga, so perhaps that has something to do with my lukewarm reception to the book.
In terms of my Hugo voting, The Dervish House is still my choice.