- Series: Android
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games (August 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616610972
- ISBN-13: 978-1616610975
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Android: Free Fall Paperback – August 30, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I don't know anything about the "Android" RPG, and I don't care. I'm tired of the overly wordy blather-filled "space opera" garbage out there and Free Fall is a a hard-bitten detective story wrapped up in a well written, easy to read, and enjoyable sci-fi novel. I;m going to explore William Keith's other offerings with interest.
A sci-fi novel from an author who can actually write! What a concept. Call me a fan.
Can Keith write military? Check. Science fiction? Yes. But what's this...a *detective novel*?
It seemed a bit of a departure from much of his previous work, and I was intrigued. This book hooked me right away and, all reviewer cliches aside, I found it difficult to put down. Free Fall opens with an almost tongue-in-cheek nod to classic noir, and then pokes some self-deprecating fun at itself by acknowledging that very fact. From there, it's the perfect Keith balance: he lets the plot drive the pace, but helps it along by alternating between exposition and action with a deft touch. Despite the many necessary technical and scientific explanations of low-g and zero-g considerations, his narrative voice never becomes pedantic; and the action sequences are characteristically vivid and flow naturally. There's the requisite love interest which adds character depth without detracting from the main story, Keith's trademark attention to detail (which left me mentally forehead-smacking...of *course* his writing style is *perfectly* suited to this genre!), and just enough in-jokes to make SF fans giggle but not groan. (Seriously, the number of possible humorous cross-references for androids must have been painfully tempting, but the author sneaks in only a few, preferring a wink to a cream pie.)
Free Fall is a fun ride. The mystery kept me guessing almost to the very end, the setting was richly described, and the author skillfully presented almost all characters in a sympathetic light. A metaphysical subtext is evident throughout, but does not come across as heavy-handed; rather, it arises accordingly from the very nature of the conflict.Read more ›
After initial apprehension from reading the first three free chapters on FFG online which didn't impress me that much, I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the rest of the book. In fact, I think this book is awesome for what it is. Kudos to Bill Keith! Here are some specific things I love about it:
1. Incredible attention to detail. Everything is thought out very deeply and described thoroughly.
2. Richly fleshed out sci-fi sociopolitics and twisty psychologies/incentives, at times reminiscent of an Asimov sci-fi murder mystery. Definitely a page-turner, especially at the end.
3. Lots of hard sci-fi physics reminiscent of Clarke, especially when it comes to the space elevator (but see below). Thank you Bill for putting the space elevator on the equator!! The author was undoubtedly influenced by both Clarke and Asimov.
4. It is clear that the author took a lot of effort to study and understand the Android universe, and a lot of details from the game are explained. This book is *exactly* how I imagined the Android universe. He just gets it right.
5. It comes with an order form for an event card for the game.
And here are the cons:
1. Number one pet peeve: physics errors, some gross. In particular, the Coriolis force on the elevator is ignored, there is confusion between acceleration and gravity, a few calculations are obviously off (to a physicist at least), and a few other things.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfectly fine noir-style detective novel that happens to be set in the Android universe.Published 1 month ago by J. H. Holguin
For licensed fiction, Free Fall is very light on fan service and heavy on fun, pulp noir mystery. Keith paints a picture of New Angeles and the Beanstalk (the massive space... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brandon L.
I'm generally not a murder mystery fan, but I enjoy the genre and the story was good.Published 5 months ago by Steven Frank
This got surprisingly engrossing as it went along. A little hacky and on-the-nose (in terms, "hey look! sci-fi! noir detective! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Littlefield
This book is based on the Android board game, from Fantasy Flight. That said, the plot is good, so is the writing. Read morePublished 13 months ago by James Della Valle
Android: Netrunner is a fun game, and I suspected the universe they created might make for fun fiction. Indeed it did. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dylan MCNAMEE
A great introduction into the Android universe. A good read from start to finish.Published 17 months ago by Bryan Bergman
Great book and insight into the world of Android. Loved it and will read more!Published 21 months ago by Alfred Austria
Good start, slow middle and an ending that was a little too super-hero-ish. Would be really good as an SF-RPG scenario or as a comic bookPublished on August 24, 2014 by zephyr