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Each note brings her one step closer to the truth. When the cyborg Nebula plays the piano she experiences memories from a time before her creation. These memories…which involve a captive rebel fighter being held on their ship…bring with them complex human feelings and awaken a desire for her to discover her origins. Radian is the long lost love of the woman from which Nebul Each note brings her one step closer to the truth. When the cyborg Nebula plays the piano she experiences memories from a time before her creation. These memories…which involve a captive rebel fighter being held on their ship…bring with them complex human feelings and awaken a desire for her to discover her origins. Radian is the long lost love of the woman from which Nebula was made. He’s vowed to avenge his finance’s death and rescue her sister from the Gryphonites, a fierce race out to enslave the galaxy. Nebula grapples with her identity and how much of who she is comes from someone else’s past. She is not the woman that died, yet she is undeniably drawn to Radian. Together Nebula and Radian seek to rescue his fiancé’s sister and end the Gryphonites’ cruel reign. But can Radian learn to love again and can Nebula accept a past made from someone else’s memories?


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Each note brings her one step closer to the truth. When the cyborg Nebula plays the piano she experiences memories from a time before her creation. These memories…which involve a captive rebel fighter being held on their ship…bring with them complex human feelings and awaken a desire for her to discover her origins. Radian is the long lost love of the woman from which Nebul Each note brings her one step closer to the truth. When the cyborg Nebula plays the piano she experiences memories from a time before her creation. These memories…which involve a captive rebel fighter being held on their ship…bring with them complex human feelings and awaken a desire for her to discover her origins. Radian is the long lost love of the woman from which Nebula was made. He’s vowed to avenge his finance’s death and rescue her sister from the Gryphonites, a fierce race out to enslave the galaxy. Nebula grapples with her identity and how much of who she is comes from someone else’s past. She is not the woman that died, yet she is undeniably drawn to Radian. Together Nebula and Radian seek to rescue his fiancé’s sister and end the Gryphonites’ cruel reign. But can Radian learn to love again and can Nebula accept a past made from someone else’s memories?

45 review for Nebula's Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pippa Jay

    This was simply wonderful - skilfully and smoothly written, sweet without being sickly, and just the right amount of scifi without being too heavily tech-laden. Loved it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. See my review here: http://dreamsandspeculation.com/2010/... Warning: I'm just not the right audience for this book. I'm not a fan of romance per se, and I'm keen on strong SCIENCE in "science fiction". I read a PDF version of Nebula’s Music that was provided by the author for review. It is a novelette in 68 pages published only in electronic book format. There are mild spoilers in this review. Nebula’s Music is a light, pleasant romance in a science fiction setting; it could easily be converted in See my review here: http://dreamsandspeculation.com/2010/... Warning: I'm just not the right audience for this book. I'm not a fan of romance per se, and I'm keen on strong SCIENCE in "science fiction". I read a PDF version of Nebula’s Music that was provided by the author for review. It is a novelette in 68 pages published only in electronic book format. There are mild spoilers in this review. Nebula’s Music is a light, pleasant romance in a science fiction setting; it could easily be converted into a Star Trek script. The story arc is well constructed and uncluttered, and the central concept, the venerable trope of cyborg-as-human, is sensitively explored. The main character, Nebula, a cybernetic being fashioned from a corpse, is an officer on a space ship. She is experiencing intrusive emotions and memories from her previous human life, something that she believes shouldn’t be possible, triggered by the romantic classical music she plays on the piano. Her playing is flawless but inexpressive. “As always, the fragments of thought were insistent and ephemeral. They visited when her fingers brushed the keys but never lingered.” She wants to know more about the woman she used to be, and tries to delve into the memories. The ship’s crew is an assortment of aliens with distinct tendencies and personalities, and their relationships provide opportunity for humor and piquancy — a context familiar to aficionados of science fiction. The plot thickens when they encounter a rebel ship being captured by the fierce Gryphonites, a race of intelligent, rapacious bird creatures who have an unfriendly practice of capturing humans and other local species to labor as slaves in their mines. After some debate on the morality of saving the rebels, they rescue them by “phasing” them into secure containment on their own ship, à la the Star Trek transporter. By coincidence, Nebula recognizes one of the punk-garbed rebels, and is drawn to him, initiating the central drama and romance of the story. What follows is an economical, pedestrian, TV-script adventure of daring escapes, noble sacrifices, desperate plans, and romantic awakening, embellished with wooden dialogue, stereotypical secondary characters, and a tidy wrap-up. It’s not unsatisfying, but neither is it a very special or interesting story. The best part of the book is the exploration and evolution of Nebula as a robot-human hybrid in the process of recovering memories, restoring her humanity, uncovering the sketched-in story of her earlier life and the cause of her death, and how that shapes who becomes. Her emotional life, though a romance novel trope — “the black void ached inside her” — is sensitively drawn, and sympathetically invites the reader into her experience. Aubrie Dionne, the author, is a musician, according to the biographical note, and I was sorry that music didn’t play a greater part thematically or symbolically, beyond its function as the initial trigger of Nebula’s memories. Drawing on her knowledge of music and its relationship to emotion and memory could have made this story special. I found several editing oversights. One, for example, was an unintentional word invention, “preservationalist”. The most glaring issues for me were factual and technical errors. At the risk of presuming your indulgence of my smarty-pants nit-picking: * Nebula rapidly calculates probability for various scenarios, like other famous cyborg or super-intelligent sci-fi characters, but in every case she conflates ratios with percentages, e.g., “Her chances for victory were twenty-four point eight two percent to one.” My apologies if the following explanation is obvious, remembering sixth grade math: a measure of probability, such as three to one odds, is expressed as a ratio of three to four, and is also expressed as 75%. You can use any one of those representations, but I don’t know how to evaluate the expression “24.82% to 1”. * Another problem is the slow computer memory access and transfer times. Surely, in the distant, space-ship future, it would not take “seconds” for a brilliant robotic entity to locate a piece of music, and it would take less time than “milliseconds” to download a digital representation of that music. A small inaccuracy, but it detracts from establishing a persuasive sci-fi context. * “… Nebula connected to the mainframe of the computer.” If data of the future is searched and stored on mainframes, that would be a profoundly retrograde and unsuitable technology. At least a relevant knowledge of computer technology and creative envisioning of the future is de rigueur for science fiction. * “Radian sat on her right, turning the gauges and checking the fuel.” A gauge is an instrument of measurement, like a fuel gauge in a car; one reads a gauge, one doesn’t turn a gauge. Perhaps the PDF I read was an early advance review copy. In the author’s defense, this book is a romance in a space setting, and is only nominally science fiction by an admittedly strict interpretation. In summary, despite a welcoming invitation into the emotional life of a cyborg, Nebula’s Music is too routine for me to give it more than two of five stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh {K-Books}

    The story follows Nebula, a human cyborg who i programmed to carry out highly complicated calculations to help the captain of her ship. She is not programmed to feel emotions, or so she thought. When she plays the Piano, Nebula has memories that are not hers but feel too real. Then she meets Radian, the handsome man she has seen before in her memories and he also notices her. The body Nebula was made from was the body of Radian's beloved. As they struggle against their feelings for each other th The story follows Nebula, a human cyborg who i programmed to carry out highly complicated calculations to help the captain of her ship. She is not programmed to feel emotions, or so she thought. When she plays the Piano, Nebula has memories that are not hers but feel too real. Then she meets Radian, the handsome man she has seen before in her memories and he also notices her. The body Nebula was made from was the body of Radian's beloved. As they struggle against their feelings for each other they must work together to rescue people who have been taken captive from the Gryphonite's. This is an amazing science-fiction romance. I loved every moment of it, which surprised me as usually i am not a big fan of science fiction. But i adored it, it was amazing. I loved that the love story was such a central role in the story but that the book was also very action-packed and fast-paced and one didn't take a back seat to the other. I loved the characters, i thought they were amazing. I was moved by all the emotions that Nebula started to feel and that she couldn't understand. By the end of the book i found myself in tears, i was so involved with the story and came to think of the characters as friends that i personally knew. It was an incredible story and i loved it. I would really love there to be a sequel to this story tho as i would love to find out what happens next and if they go back to the Gryphonite's ship to rescue all the other captive slaves.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Critique de Book

    The good: I LOVED this book. It's as beautifully composed as the music mentioned within the story. I was enthralled by the central character Nebula and her blooming emotions, her struggle to deal with memories of her former life as a human. The tension, both romantically and dramatically, are maintained throughout the story, and the technology is touched upon but not so in depth that you feel as if you're plowing your way through a scientific text book. There's some lovely world-building and viv The good: I LOVED this book. It's as beautifully composed as the music mentioned within the story. I was enthralled by the central character Nebula and her blooming emotions, her struggle to deal with memories of her former life as a human. The tension, both romantically and dramatically, are maintained throughout the story, and the technology is touched upon but not so in depth that you feel as if you're plowing your way through a scientific text book. There's some lovely world-building and vivid descriptions. The bad: This is pure nit-picking. I thought the description of the filthy interior of the Gryphonite space ship was a bit OTT - yes, they are the bad guys but do they have to be dirty too? I would also say this is more a science-fiction adventure with an element of romance rather than a full-blown SFR. Some fans of the genre might find the single closed bedroom door scene doesn't satisfy their expectation of romance, although I was absolutely fine with it myself. In sum: This is a poignantly sweet and smooth science fiction story with a touch of romance. A delight to read, and one that left me wanting more. Much, much more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    Nebula has memories, memories she believes that she, as a cyborg, should not have. They come to her when she plays the piano. This is a charming story of self-discovery and love - both in the midst of the conflict between the United Planets and the Gryphonites. I really enjoyed every page, and would gladly read it again. Nebula's poignancy will stay with you beyond the last pages of the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    LOVED this book! Was disappointed when a character passed away, but it brought to mind wonderful memories of my favorite Sci-Fi series and one particular character:) Loved seeing through the eyes of a non-human as she encounters very real human emotion!

  7. 4 out of 5

    AnnaM

    Love the cover. Love the premise. The execution isn't perfect but it was good enough for me to want to revisit the universe someday.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mya

    I read this on Kindle, so am not sure if it qualifies as a short story or not. Certainly felt short! Action packed space adventure set in the future. I enjoyed the different types of "people" and the flash backs. It had a bit of a Star Trek feel to some of it and a happy ending/beginning.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sonya Clark

    Nebula's Music is a lovely sci-fi romance that skillfully conveys the emotional connection that people, and androids, can feel to music. Nebula can play complex classical music perfectly, note for note, but there is an emotional connection missing in her playing. That is, until the memories of the woman she was created from begin to make their way to the surface of the android's consciousness. Nebula's quest for a sense of her own identity - is she fully android, part human still, or perhaps so Nebula's Music is a lovely sci-fi romance that skillfully conveys the emotional connection that people, and androids, can feel to music. Nebula can play complex classical music perfectly, note for note, but there is an emotional connection missing in her playing. That is, until the memories of the woman she was created from begin to make their way to the surface of the android's consciousness. Nebula's quest for a sense of her own identity - is she fully android, part human still, or perhaps some new melding of the two - is deftly interwoven with some good old fashioned space opera action. Radian makes for a good love interest, the supporting characters each seem to get their own nice moment (not always easy to do in a novella-length work), and the bird-like Gryphonites came across as a truly alien race. For all that there's no doubt Nebula is the star, an engaging character who is easy to like and very easy to root for. I love the way music is used as the door to Nebula's search for a past that was supposed to be long gone. At 76 pages it's not a long story and reads quickly, but I found that it stayed with me because of the way music was used in the plot and because of the questions it got me thinking about. Stories about blurring the lines between artificial intelligence and human consciousness are always fascinating. Think about all of the technology that you probably never dreamed of when you were a kid, or at least never thought would walk out of the world of science fiction and become real. The communicators on old Star Trek episodes look like the flip phones of today. I recently saw a video posted somewhere (wish I could remember where) of someone in a later Trek series with what was basically an ereader. We can program computers to do amazing things. What happens if and when computers start to think for themselves? Such is the stuff of sci-fi nightmares (2001 A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica) but happily in Nebula's Music it is the basis for a sweet sci-fi romance.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Nebula's Music was a surprising read. Dionne drew me quickly into Nebula's world with vivid and complex descriptions that captivated my imagination. I was fascinated with Dionne's usage of science fiction and actual science. They blended together nicely to create a world that readers will be able to relate to, yet have enough differences to seem complete new. For such a short novel, novella really, this book has a lot going on. The premise was fresh and had just the right amount of elements to ma Nebula's Music was a surprising read. Dionne drew me quickly into Nebula's world with vivid and complex descriptions that captivated my imagination. I was fascinated with Dionne's usage of science fiction and actual science. They blended together nicely to create a world that readers will be able to relate to, yet have enough differences to seem complete new. For such a short novel, novella really, this book has a lot going on. The premise was fresh and had just the right amount of elements to make this one an enjoyable read. Nebula's character was full of complexities. From her personality to her loyalty, I loved everything about her. Unfortunately, I wish I could say the same thing for the secondary characters. For the most part, they blended into the background. Readers may be able to relate to a few of them. But my issue was that they simply were not in the story enough to really care about them. Nebula's Music was a lovely novella. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Nebula's adventures and her journey to find herself through music, which was a refreshing idea. If I was to have one major complaint about this novel, it would be that I wish it was longer. There is so much in Nebula's Music that feels like it could be expanded. The novella as it is was a wonderful read. One that fair surpassed my hopes for it. But also one that left me craving more. I wanted to really know this world and its characters inside and out. And to an extent, I did, but I feel like there is a lot more left to be discovered.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Nebula is a cyborg, a machine manufactured from a donated human body. She should have been reborn with a clean slate, knowing only that which happened from the moment of creation, but when she plays certain songs on the piano, she has flickering memories of a time before. Radian is not initially a part of those memories, but the instant she sees him, a rebel and prisoner dragged aboard her ship, she knows him. And he knows her. What follows is a story of self-discovery. Nebula is more than what Nebula is a cyborg, a machine manufactured from a donated human body. She should have been reborn with a clean slate, knowing only that which happened from the moment of creation, but when she plays certain songs on the piano, she has flickering memories of a time before. Radian is not initially a part of those memories, but the instant she sees him, a rebel and prisoner dragged aboard her ship, she knows him. And he knows her. What follows is a story of self-discovery. Nebula is more than what she is programmed to believe, but she isn't Mirilee, the woman she was before. Who and what she is becomes apparent as she fights the Gryphonites and tries to expose their evil deeds to the human race. Nebula's Music is an enchanting space opera that explores that age-old question: What makes someone human? I recommend it to scifi fans with a romantic heart. www.christineamsden.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    When Nebula's fingers strike the piano keys, this cyborg sees and feels things that are impossible. Her memories aren't her own but are Miralee's, who Nebula's body once was. Nebula searches to find more about her past before becoming a cyborg. Her path leads her to Radian, a radical taken aboard their UPA spacecraft. He has the answers she seeks. When the Gryphonites capture Radian and Nebula, they have to find a way to escape a fate worse than death and find Mora, Miralee's sister. Aubrie Dionn When Nebula's fingers strike the piano keys, this cyborg sees and feels things that are impossible. Her memories aren't her own but are Miralee's, who Nebula's body once was. Nebula searches to find more about her past before becoming a cyborg. Her path leads her to Radian, a radical taken aboard their UPA spacecraft. He has the answers she seeks. When the Gryphonites capture Radian and Nebula, they have to find a way to escape a fate worse than death and find Mora, Miralee's sister. Aubrie Dionne's Nebula's Music is a beautiful tale of love, friendship, and discovery. The cyborg becomes human as Nebula discovers her true identity. This science fiction story brilliantly blends space adventure and technology with romance. The wonderful descriptions are as musical as a piano concerto. It has enough science to satisfy the diehard sci-fi fans and enough of everything else to allow the rest of us to enjoy the story. I thoroughly enjoyed Nebula's Music.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I was interested in the premise of this book, donate your body to science, and science might make an attractive, well mannered cyborg out of it. Cool. This book really failed to deliver, the writing is very choppy and so much is left out of descriptions and prose, that it speeds along to the end in one hurried effort. So much more care could have been taken on character development and backstories, so much more emotion and feeling injected into this tale, to make it a cohesive whole. I was disappoi I was interested in the premise of this book, donate your body to science, and science might make an attractive, well mannered cyborg out of it. Cool. This book really failed to deliver, the writing is very choppy and so much is left out of descriptions and prose, that it speeds along to the end in one hurried effort. So much more care could have been taken on character development and backstories, so much more emotion and feeling injected into this tale, to make it a cohesive whole. I was disappointed.

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