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Great read for hard sci-fi fans
on March 20, 2012
An outstanding freshman long-form effort by an accomplished short story writer. Hutt has clearly put a tremendous amount of care into crafting a world that is at once realistic and visionary. Dust feels much like the introduction to a larger universe.
Hutt has an established background working at NASA on the International Space Station, and this expertise is evident. It's refreshing to read a book set in a very distant future that doesn't fall back on what are effectively "magic" tropes. While the world is clearly science-fiction, the reader is left believing that such a world could, indeed even might someday, exist. By setting the story in a world based on realism, Hutt forces the reader to accept that the responses of the characters are also more realistic.
The work feels deeply personal as well. Strong themes of a man's relationship to his father, and a father's relationship to a daughter, pervade the two main characters. The conflicts that ensue are not artificial - they could be conflicts anyone with a family might face. The resolutions of the conflicts are fairly ambiguous as well, just as often happens with "real" family conflicts.
I look forward to reading more stories set in the universe of Dust. It is my belief, and my hope, that Hutt is just beginning to reveal his brave new world.