From Publishers Weekly
The world of 2048 is ruled by a council of computer-enhanced, "linked" people, with new members chosen every four years through a competitive mental, physical and aesthetical Olympics. In training, contender Jillian Shomer debates whether to use a "boost" to enhance her chances. Nobody who has not boosted can prevail over anyone who has, at least in the physical contests, but those who use the boost and do not win will die within 10 years--only the link can counteract its effects and only a council member can be linked. Seeking to learn why the council would so allow the destruction of the majority of the world's finest youths, Jillian discovers unsavory aspects to her utopia. Then someone, or something, catches her spying. Niven and Barnes's ( The Descent of Anansi ) romance-like light fiction, with its predictable plot, loosely drawn characters and no more than a promise of a resolution, is, nevertheless, fun to read.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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"Achilles' Choice transcends science fiction. As one formerly shortlisted for the Olympics, I recognize the truth in Niven's and Barnes' depicion of the sports world. They understand the intense competitiveness that overrides all else, that turns people into something more, and less, than human. Achilles' Choice is about believable people who must make that choice." --Morgan Llywelyn
"A masterpiece!" --Andrew M. Greeley
"Larry Niven and Steven Barnes seem to bring out the best in each other. Achilles' Choice is ample proof of that." --Mike Resnick
"Set in an all too plausible, sinister near future, Achilles' Choice not only tells an exciting story, it gives us a great deal to think about." -Poul Anderson
"Achilles' Choice is a rousing tale of men and women pushed beyond competition--into evolution or extinction." --Jerry Pournelle
"An intriguing idea, strikingly presented!" -Gordon R. Dickson