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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Cassilde Sam is a barely solvent salvage operator, hunting for relics in the ruins left by the mysterious Ancestors—particularly the color-coded Elements that power most of humanity’s current technology, including the ability to navigate through hyperspace. Cassilde is also steadily fading under the onslaught of Lightman’s, an incurable, inevitably fatal disease. She needs ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published December 10th 2018 by Candlemark & Gleam
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K.J. Charles
Dec 25, 2018 added it
Shelves: sci-fi
Melissa Scott space opera! A trio of salvage experts who also used to have a poly relationship find themselves at the heart of a storm relating to life-changing nanotech left behind by the Ancestors. This is another book proving the dictum that all current SFF is about climate change: the story is of humanity destroying itself with tech and war not once but twice, and the desperate efforts of thinking people not to do it again. Lots of strangeness and adventure with an intense human heart, and b ...more
Peter Tillman
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy, own-copy
A good book, and a fine return to far-future, gender-bending SF for Melissa Scott, who I liked a lot in the old days.

“Space Opera with a fine, wide sweep of time behind it, intriguing "Clarkean" magical science, and an engaging, edgy threesome of central characters. Fun to read, and best of all, the promise of more to come.” — Gwyneth Jones’ blurb, which I’m pleased to crib to start this.

As always, read the publishers intro first, I’ll wait.

Back already? It’s not a bad capsule, but doesn’t give
Tansy Roberts
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An action-packed space adventure with so much heart.

Finders is an intense exploration of impending mortality, mystical immortality, and how both of these things can put pressure on your relationships. Cassilde is a space scavenger in a romantic triad with two men: her long-time partner Dai and their former third, Ashe, who left their relationship years ago and has now returned dragging trouble in his wake.

As the crew of the spaceship Carabosse, the three of them are swept up in a dangerous ques
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here's what I said in my blurb since it's not out and about yet:
"Melissa Scott’s Finders is an epic tale set in a universe of hostile AIs and social collapse in the aftermath of a devastating intergalactic war. Cassilde and her lovers, Ashe and Dai, are salvagers and explorers, sifting through the remains of the high tech civilizations that have left their mark on the galaxy around them. Cassilde’s illness, Ashe’s previous betrayal and an implacable foe threaten their chosen family, their livel
Dec 27, 2018 marked it as to-read-eventually  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, kindle
So, having read the kindle sample, I can say that the plot looks interesting enough and the worldbuilding is intriguing, but...

- I bounced off some of Ms. Scott's other books, so I'm wary. Including the highly recced Astreiant series. Just wasn't for me.

- There isn't enough gay for me. The main ship was poly m/f/m, with the second man being optional/it's complicated. I'm frankly just not interested in reading about m/f, especially when the relationship is entwined with the plot the way this one
Dec 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2018-old
okay, I don't think I've read anything by her, but apparently she usually writes lots of LGBT+ character so I'm !!!!!!!
Evenstar Deane
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I don’t know which I liked the best in this book, the world building or the characters. Melissa Scott has created a fascinating universe where humans are climbing their way out of a second fall of civilization, scavenging remnants from the ancestors without fully understanding if they’re dealing with science or magic.

Cassville and Dai are salvage operators, Cassilde dying of an incurable disease, when they are approached by former partner and lover, Ashe. He has a proposal for a salvage claim t
Margaret E.
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent new universe from Melissa Scott

Great backstory including several interstellar dark ages leading to the current to situation that includes the aftermath of a recent war II found the characters to be interesting and believable & I actually cared about what happened to them (even to the least sympathetic character) No spoilers, but it appears to be a setup for further books and I look forward to them
Justin Robert Chernow
Surprisingly good

I took a chance on this book, and am pleased I did. It took a minute to get into it, but once I was fully immersed in the world the novel builds, it became increasingly hard to put down. Interesting, original, and fun. Looking forward to the next installment.
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Scott studied history at Harvard College and Brandeis University, and earned her PhD. in comparative history. She published her first novel in 1984, and has since written some two dozen science fiction and fantasy works, including three co-authored with her partner, Lisa A. Barnett.

Scott's work is known for the elaborate and well-constructed settings. While many of her protagonists are gay, lesbia