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Fractions: The First Half of The Fall Revolution Paperback – October 28, 2008
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KEN MACLEOD's SF novels have won the Prometheus Award and the BSFA award, and been shortlisted for the Hugo and Nebula Awards. He lives near Edinburgh, Scotland.
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"Fractions" combines the first two novels of the Fall Revolution series, "The Space Fraction" and "The Stone Canal." MacLeod focuses on a different character in each of his novels, while having the same core personalities appear either in the foreground or background of each of the other. In "The Star Fraction," we are introduced to a war-torn Britain that has been shattered by competing ideologies -- oh, yeah, and by some almost accidental nuclear blasts. We follow some armed-to-the-hilt mercenaries, psychedelic memory researchers, space enthusiasts, and left leaning revolutionaries as England tries to shrug off the latest Restoration. Despite deep discomfort with the notion of artificial intelligence, the protagonists end up unleashing the Black Plan of the Fourth International.
In "The Stone Canal," one of the fringe characters from "The Star Fraction" takes center stage. Using a slightly disorienting device of bouncing between late 20th Century/early 21st Century Britain and a world called New Ares centuries and light-years away, MacLeod tells a tale of love, jealousy, ideology, and the nature of consciousness. We encounter space entrepreneurs, robots, androids (and gynoids!), super-evolved humans, and wormholes, but MacLeod keeps the story grounded by following some compelling, but deeply flawed characters whose struggles span centuries and light years, and even frustrate death itself.
These novels showcase some of the best speculative fiction of the Nineties by an author who really delivers the goods.
I have enjoyed other titles by Ken Macleod and this is no exception.
Although these are independent novels they seem to be less, alternate futures of the human race but rather distinctive vantage points of a surprisingly coherent, and optimistic British view of the Horizon very much in the tradition of Constable or Turner. Refreshingly dismissive of the US hegemony, we are witness to a future lovingly Anglo-Euro centric `new world order'. I am often trapped by contemporary terrestrial sci-fi into the `clairvoyant/prophet/savant' debate over future of tech and trade but I comfortably got lost in Macleod's knowable universe. I am anxious to pick up the second half of the revolution and finish the quartet.
The Stone Canal contains one of my favorite science-fiction sequences of all time. It takes the ghost in the machine literally. Spoiler alert: waking up inside the construction robot and hacking the pleasure AI is just classic.