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"There was something wonderful before this. What was it?"

Hull Zero Three is a 2010 Science Fiction novel by Greg Bear.

It follows the story of a man who awakens on a star ship unsure of who he is or what he is doing. Monsters roam the spaceship.

If that sounds a lot like the 2009 film Pandorum, rest assured this story ends up far, far differently.

Tropes appearing in this novel:

  • Artificial Gravity: Averted. The lack of gravity and the variable spin of the hull impact the characters often.
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  • Cloning Blues: All of the main characters are clones the ship made in an effort to fix itself.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: The spaceship is headed down this road.
  • LEGO Genetics: The ship can clone.
  • Never Given a Name: Almost everyone except for Tsinoy. Up until the girls named them that is.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Most of the ship lacks signage and easy-to-understand instructions, considering its job.
  • Ontological Mystery: The main character wakes up and has to figure everything out.
  • Ragnarök Proofing: in the end the ship is able to achieve its objective.
  • Transhuman Aliens: All of the protagonists.